Hosseini expressed this when Laila claimed “Babi thought that the one thing that communists had done right- or at least intended to- ironically, was in the filed of education… To Babi there was nothing more impertinent than the education of woman in Afghanistan. ...a visit with Aziza, Laila saw a middle-aged woman, with her burqa pushed back…Laila recognized the sharp face…
He knew that when half the population is illiterate the country cannot properly aspire to new and better things. Laila remembered this woman once forbidding the female students from covering, saying women and men were equal, that there was no reason for women should cover if men didn’t” (322).
Until Laila became a part of the family and the two became friends, Mariam endured Rasheed's abuse because it was the only option she had.
Even though Mariam and Laila are years apart by age, and come from two different life styles, they are both forced to marry Rasheed.
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It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.
Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship.