Rasheeds constant blows on my back felt nothing compared to the pain I was feeling in my heart. H was trying to separate me from my child but I will not let him have his will. Iwould not leave my child, se needed me. Bt a distant cry reminded me of the girl I had orphaned. Aiza I am your culprit! Iam to be blamed for all that you would suffer in your life! M heart felt heavy and the throat sore. Te sound of Laila jos voice continuously in my head.
Aiza climbed down from the bed and sat by my side holding her mother tight. Hr inconsolable cries was making me feel all the more dizzy as it crushed me internally. Wat have I done! Ishould have known this. Ten I looked into Azizas face and thought I should be strong. Ineed to take care of this child and send her to a safe place. Wth Laila jo dead, Iknew Rasheed will try to get rid of Aziza but I cannot let that happen. Ys, be strong and give Aziza what she deserves.
Te above narrative has been written in the first person point-of-view from the perspective of Mariam. I the novel she is seen as a character who suffers silently without any protest as she thinks, bing an illegitimate child of her parents, se deserves all her sufferings as a punishment. Ater the failed attempt to leave Kabul made by the two wives, Hsseini describes how after beating Laila, Rsheed goes down to vent out his anger on Mariam and that the suffers without making any noise.
Hwever, fom her initial bouts of anger and dominance over Laila, se gradually transforms into a mother figure who cares for both Aziza and her mother. Se finds a confidant in Laila. I is this motherly love and affection that made me explore the character of Mariam as the protagonist and construct a plot where one of her child is murdered. Sffering for so long and denied the rights of a wife, Mriam has all the reasons to plan Rasheeds murder. O the hand Laila a character much younger to Mariam who had always seen Mariam as a meek character unable to stand for herself in front of Rasheed.
Se knows the only way to get rid of her present situation is in Rasheeds absence. Te plot of murdering Rasheed although seems to be put in her mind by Mariam, ws actually lurking deep inside her for long. Hwever, wat we should not forget is Rasheeds anger and his threat that any further such attempt will only mean death. I is probable that Rasheed Laila and killed her. ...
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