Major Themes in A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    • shame
      • illegitamacy mariam
      • nana cast out of jalil's home
      • spends above budget to show wealth
      • reputation
    • pregnancy and parenthood
      • symbol of hope despite bleak situation
      • aziza helps laila stay positive after Tariq's "death"
      • fertility is often linked to showing a womens worth
    • education of women
      • nana only thing needed to learn is to "ENDURE"
      • Tutored in Koran
      • laila becomes teacher
    • marriage vs true love
      • mariam finds hope in marriage
        • eventually devolves into abuse
      • marriage+forced=nolove
      • tariq and laila
        • rasheed and laila sexual relations one-sided
          • laila finds safety in making love with tariq
  • ties to afghanistan
    • Themes
      • shame
        • illegitamacy mariam
        • nana cast out of jalil's home
        • spends above budget to show wealth
        • reputation
      • pregnancy and parenthood
        • symbol of hope despite bleak situation
        • aziza helps laila stay positive after Tariq's "death"
        • fertility is often linked to showing a womens worth
      • education of women
        • nana only thing needed to learn is to "ENDURE"
        • Tutored in Koran
        • laila becomes teacher
      • marriage vs true love
        • mariam finds hope in marriage
          • eventually devolves into abuse
        • marriage+forced=nolove
        • tariq and laila
          • rasheed and laila sexual relations one-sided
            • laila finds safety in making love with tariq
    • lailas mum wont leave the land her sons died for
      • eventually leads to death
    • hakim quotes poetry
    • laila - decision to go back
    • hope for a peaceful future
  • oppression and hope
    • hope for a peaceful future
    • hope in children and pregnancy
      • miscarriages lead to abuse and opression
    • hope in marriage turns to abuse
    • hope in laila
      • and children after tariq death
  • female bonds
    • mother and daughter relationships
      • laila and mariam have bad ones- create their own maternal bonds
  • to stop shame both rasheed and jalil act ethically shamefully
    • mariam cant have children therefore her worth is reduced
      • mariam would never have stood up against rasheed if she didnt have love and confidence from laila
        • female bonds
          • mother and daughter relationships
            • laila and mariam have bad ones- create their own maternal bonds
      • females have ability to find strength from each other in difficult situations
        • prison
        • complicated homelife
        • death
        • abuse
      • lailas father pushes education
        • girl/boy education is equal
          • lailas father pushes education
          • end of novel brother and sister go to school together- hopeful
            • girl/boy education is equal
            • mariam and laila teach children together

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