53 - Chapter 16 shifts our focus from Rasheed and Mariam...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 16 shifts our focus from Rasheed and Mariam and provides a new protagonist to the story: Laila. It establishes parallels between Laila and Mariam, and between the two married couples Rasheed and Mariam, and Fariba and Hakim. Through these parallels, Hosseini furthers the theme of gender roles. First, because the third person point of view used throughout the novel shifts focus from Mariam to Laila, Hosseini can compare and contrast the two characters. Like Mariam, Laila is growing up as an only child since both of her older brothers left for war many years ago. Also like Mariam, Laila feels much closer with her father (who treats her with kindness and understanding) than her mother (who has become depressed and angry due to her sons' absences). Unlike Mariam however, Laila's father insists that she go to school rather than marry young. Thus Laila is already however, Laila's father insists that she go to school rather than marry young....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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