Mariam's Life In 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'

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Angela Martey Ms. Ben 109 Literature In the inspiring novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, the protagonist Mariam has had lots of difficulties in her life. She has persevered through it all but it has made a great effect on her life. After her mother’s death, her father’s betrayal, and her life being chosen for her, her life couldn’t have been more difficult. The one word that described her entire life was loneliness. Mariam has been lonely her entire life and after her mom committed suicide she couldn’t have been so lonely. “’You can eat downstairs with the rest of us.’ He said, but without much conviction. He understood a little too readily when Mariam said she preferred to eat alone.” (40) Mariam had no family after Nana died, all she had was Jalil, her birthfather who treated her like she was adopted, like a harami.…show more content…
Mariam knew in her mind that she didn’t belong there but her heart told her otherwise. “But where do I belong? what am I going to do now? I’m all you have in this world, Mariam, and when I’m gone you’ll have nothing. You’ll have nothing. You are nothing.”(40) Those were one Nana’s insulting words that Mariam recalled. Nana has said many rude, obnoxious words to Mariam and since Mariam remembered those of all the others that shows that those hurt her the most and Nana really got under

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