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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseni (Afghanistan) 1. What were your expectations of the story, considering that it was set in Afghanistan? Did it go against your expectations? Based on what we see on the news I expect that the story shows suppression of women. They were into forced marriages and the wearing of the burka are two ways that women are shown to have no rights. They must always do what their fathers tell them and cannot complain about their abusive husbands. If in a dispute with a man, the woman is assumed the guilty party. So this is what I see, imagine and expected from the story. It did no go against from my expectations. 2. How would you describe the burqa? The burqa is a head covering; a piece of clothing which a woman wears in order to cover her face, although at times revealing only her eyes. 3. Would you ever want to wear one? Why or why not? No, I will not wear a burqa as I am not used to wearing one and also, this is usually worn by woman. 4. What do you think it symbolizes? This symbolizes the fact that women were not allowed to have their sense of independence and were no longer equal to men, as men did not have to cover their body parts. So, the burqa is a sign of imprisonment. 5. In what instance did Mariam feel glad she had a burqa on? Why did she feel this way? It was when Rasheed brought Mariam in a restaurant full of strangers. At that time, Mariam felt comforted in wearing burqa as it seems to her like a one-way mirror and that inside it, she was an observer and away from scrutinizing eyes of strangers. 6. What does the burqa reveal about Afghan and/or Muslim society? The burqa is a symbol of the status of women .... a symbol of oppression... imprisonment. The Taliban's intent in making it law for a woman to wear the burqua is a statement that the women have no rights... the they should not be seen or heard. 7. Why it is important to show in the story that there are also modern woman in Afghanistan? In my opinion, it isn't showing the "modern" women that takes predence, but rather the women's desire to be "modern". These women are pioneers in what for them is a very dangerous situation. Through these women, we see courage and tenacity and hopefully an example for change 8. Why does Mariam compare herself to the other women ? Mariam compared herself to other woman as they made her aware of her own lowliness, her plain looks, her lack of aspirations, her ignorance of many things. 9. How would you describe Mariam relationship with Rasheed? What can you predict about their relationship in the future? Mariam has no control in her relationship with her husband Rasheed. He expects her to act a certain way at all times, and be the perfect house wife. In his case, this means cooking, cleaning sexual contact, and obeying his orders. As the reader can tell, she isn't in love with him, and during this time period marriages were put together based on necessity, and what their parents believe works best. Nowadays, people marry when they

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