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A Thousand Splendid Suns. By Khaled Hosseini. Plot Structure Analysis. What kind of point of view are the stories told from? What kind of narrator is telling the stories?. Plot Structure Analysis. What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini


Plot Structure Analysis

  • What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of narrator is telling the stories?


Plot Structure Analysis

  • What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of narrator is telling the stories?

    • Third person

    • Omniscient


Themes

What themes can you identify?


Themes

The inner strength of women…

  • The most prevalent theme in the novel

  • Mariam and Laila ensure heartache because they are women, yet they persevere

  • For example?


Themes

The human capacity for evil…

  • An important theme

  • Characters are victims of who?


Themes

The human capacity for evil…

  • An important theme

  • Characters are victims of who?

    • Soviets

    • Mujahideen

    • Taliban


Themes

Loyalty and devotion…

  • Another theme

  • Between who?


Themes

Loyalty and devotion…

  • Another theme

  • Between who?

    • Laila and her father

    • Laila and Tariq

    • Mariam and Laila


Themes

Misogyny…

  • What is that?


Themes

Misogyny…

  • What is that?

  • Hatred of women, mistreatment of women

    • Afghan society

    • By husbands

    • By father


Mood

What’s the mood throughout the novel?


Mood

What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • Tragic?

  • Despair?

  • Sad?

  • Uplifting?

  • Hopeful?


Mood

What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • What about the commentary on the strength of the woman?


Discussion

1. What makes Mariam go to her father’s house?


Discussion

2. Why is Nana so bitter? How does it affect her relationship with her daughter?


Discussion

3. Why does Jalil marry Mariam to Rasheed?


Discussion

4. Why did Jalil come to Kabul to Mariam’s house? How does Mariam react? How does he finally say he is sorry?


Discussion

5. What was the marriage of Rasheed and Mariam like before Laila comes into their lives?


Discussion

6. What about Laila’s childhood? Is she closer to her mother of father? How? Why?


Discussion

7. Why does Laila accept Rasheed’s marriage proposal?


Discussion

8. Why does Mariam decide to take the blame for Laila?


Discussion

9. Why does Laila decide to return to Kabul? What does she do to honor the memories of her parents and Mariam?


Discussion

10. How are the of Kabul and Mariam alike?


Parenting

There are a lot of parent/child relationships in the novel.

What kind of relationships were they?

Present a position describing the relationships and defend your position with specific evidence from the novel.


Parenting

Nana and Mariam

Mariam and Jalil

Laila and Hakim

Laila and Fariba

Rasheed and Aziza

Laila and Aziza

Rasheed and Zalmai

Laila and Zalmai

Mariam, Aziza & Zalmai


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