The images in the slideshow above are reminiscent of some of the characters and locations in Part 1 of A Thousand Splendid Suns. In chapters 1-10, we learn quite a bit about Mariam's childhood and her entry into adulthood. Nana says the following to her daughter, Mariam: “Women like us. We endure. It’s all we have.” Select three distinct passages from Chapters 1 through 10 in Part 1 that show how this sentiment informs Mariam’s life and how it relates to the larger themes of the novel.
11/22/2020 10:33:50 pm
We see that Nana tells Mariam that all women have to do is endure life and everything that is thrown at you basically. Three or more examples of this can be easily seen in the first 10 chapters of the book. One example is when after she gets impregnated by Jahlil her dad leaves and all the wives and Jahlil kick her out the house instead of taking them in. This shows that since he is a rich man and he didn’t want to ruin his reputation he lied about her even kind of raping him. The second example would be Mariam going to Herat to visit Jahlil on her birthday but she is told he is not there and she sleeps on the front steps to just wake up and see him in a window. And the third example would be when she is forced to marry Rasheed by Jahlil and his wives just to get rid of her. And now with the new husband he is making a lot of changes she doesn't like. All of these are things she has to endure just like her mom said. She is going to go through a lot of hardships and nobody is going to help her. I'm guessing this will be the theme of the novel. WIth both girls its going to be many problems they have to face due to their gender since its only women that seem to have this problem in the book.
11/25/2020 04:37:08 am
I feel like this is going to be the same with the other girl too. By the end of chapter 10 you can see how angry Rasheed is because he thinks the other Husbands are too soft and unmanly. Plus Jalil left Nana on her own and brought the bare minimum of supplies for them and told Mariam lies for 15 years. Mariam is always going to struggle especially when the men in her life constantly bring her down or use her for their gains
11/22/2020 11:43:55 pm
There are mulitple scene in this book that prove what Nana says about being a women and just having to endure whatever is thrown at them.One exaple is When Mariam is sitting is the dinner table withi the rest of Jalils' wives and daughters and is told that she needs to marry a 40+ year old man, only because they wnat her out of the family. Second example is how females in this culture are just used for cooking and cleaning, and having babies. Third, her mother kills herself while she leave to go "see her father" This proves what Nana says correctly, that she will have to endure whatevr is thrown at her.
11/25/2020 08:13:39 pm
I agree especially on you're third example when Nana told Mariam that she would kill herself if she went to go see her father , it made Mariam realize that her mother was right from the start and was always truthful towards her that it wasn't just lies or something to prevent her from doing so.
11/23/2020 10:46:01 am
I think one of the most prominent themes in this story is surrounded by the ideas that women are inferior to men. The picture of the beautiful fancy mansion can relate to possibly how mariam saw her father's home after going to see him when he did not show for her birthday to take her to see pinocchio. It creates the idea that men who tend to have fancier objects tend to be seen as more powerful. Also showing the image of the opposite, poverty stricken home gives us a comparison of how mariam would live if she did not marry or live with another man. This comparison shows us the sad reality mariam has to grasp when she realizes her fate belongs in the hands of another man to survive.
12/4/2020 11:38:48 pm
I agree that one of the most prominent themes in the story is that women are inferior to men because of how women in the story are dependent on men because of their culture. Women aren't given the same opportunities as men so they can't live equally as men.
11/25/2020 04:31:40 am
Nana tells Mariam that "women like us. We endure it's all we have". It's clear to see Mariam and Nana have it rough especially nana who was seduced and impregnated by Jalil and instead of caring for his daughter he leaves Nana to deliver her own baby. Then she is thrown out of Jalil's house and married to a stranger because Jalil is ashamed of having a daughter with a house maid even after Mariams mother died! Then Rasheed Mariam's arranged husband is completely dominant especially when she cooks him daal its like he owns her
11/25/2020 09:17:14 am
Exactly! There is so many cases so far that just prove this point. These three may be the most major ones but I'm sure there are small ones that flew over our head and many other big ones coming on the way. This new girl I bet will have the same thing happen to her as did Mariam so the central theme stays the same.
12/3/2020 10:50:17 pm
this is very true. i feel like in due time mariam is going to feel the need to do almost anything to find a real connection with someone. possibly she will look for acceptance from rasheed. a real form of love she was never truly given. hopefully it does not affect her own personal views.
11/25/2020 08:09:08 pm
From the day Mariam was born she never had legitimate claims to love, family or acceptance from Jalil. All she's ever known was Nana looking out for her. and being there, it was tough love yet Mariam still lacks that craving of acceptance from jalil but her going after it also lead her to be heartbroken from him.
12/3/2020 10:43:31 pm
i feel this is very valid. mariams interactions with the people around her are very complicated. it seems like no one really had a true feeling of love for her. this could possibly lead to a situation in the future where she feels forced to do something, possibly for jalil, just for the satisfaction of real love.
12/4/2020 11:23:33 pm
After all that Nana has been through it is easy to understand why she thinks the way she does and why she chose to raise Mariam the way that she did. Mariam had the tough life that she had growing up because of Nana’s past experiences with men and life in general. Mariam knew what had happened between Nana and Jahlil and Nana made sure that Mariam felt that all men would only use her but Mariam didn't believe her and she loved her father even though he didn't want anything to do with her or her mother. She finally realized this when she went to Jahlil to try to live with him but he left her to sleep outside. She finally tells him how she fells about him when he goes with her to the bus station to leave with Rasheed
12/14/2020 04:15:53 pm
It is very hard for women when they do not have man around the house and have to take care of a child without any support, the child will have a rough life growing up and will have to do a lot on her own especially after losing her mom
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