Mariam had thoughts of the happy family laila would

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pass and knows that it is for the best. Mariam had thoughts of the happy family Laila would have with Tariq and knew she must die in order for those happy times to exist. Hosseini describes Mariam as calm and collected on the day of her execution saying, “When she was made to descend from the truck, Mariam’s legs did not buckle. Her arms did not flail. She did not have to be dragged. And when she did feel herself faltering, she thought of Zalami, from whom she had taken the love of his life…” (p.369). The contract Mariam signs at the end of her life symbolizes a better life for Laila. For Mariam, it symbolized a second chance for Aziza and Zalami to live a happy and content life with Tariq and without having to worry about the abuse that Rasheed brought with him. The contract also symbolized a second chance for Mariam as she was able to escape from the consistent mental and physical abuse from Rasheed. She no longer had to cower in fear and live her life under the dominance of a man. She was able to remove herself from the horrendous life she lived before.
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