Rasheeds constant blows on my back felt nothing compared to the pain I was feeling in my heart. He was trying to separate me from my child but I will not let him have his will. I would not leave my child, she needed me. But a distant cry reminded me of the girl I had orphaned. Aziza I am your culprit! I am to be blamed for all that you would suffer in your life! My heart felt heavy and the throat sore. The sound of Laila jos voice was ringing continuously in my head.Aziza climbed down from the bed and sat by my side holding her mother tight. Her inconsolable cries was making me feel all the more dizzy as it crushed me internally. What have I done! I should have known this. Then I looked into Azizas face and thought I should be strong. I need to take care of this child and send her to a safe place. With Laila jo dead, I knew Rasheed will try to get rid of Aziza but I cannot let that happen. Yes, I have to be strong and give Aziza what she deserves.The above narrative has been written in the first person point-of-view from the perspective of Mariam. In the novel she is seen as a character who suffers silently without any protest as she thinks, being an illegitimate child of her parents, she deserves all her sufferings as a punishment. After the failed attempt to leave Kabul made by the two wives, Hosseini describes how after beating Laila, Rasheed goes down to vent out his anger on Mariam and that the latter suffers it without making any noise. However, from her initial bouts of anger and dominance over Laila, she gradually transforms into a mother figure who cares for both Aziza and her mother. She finds a confidant in Laila. It 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. Suffering for so long and denied the rights of a wife, Mariam has all the reasons to plan Rasheeds murder. On the other hand Laila is a character much younger to Mariam who had always seen Mariam as a meek character unable to stand for herself in front of Rasheed. She knows the only way to get rid of her present situation is in Rasheeds absence. The plot of murdering Rasheed although seems to be put in her mind by Mariam, was actually lurking deep inside her for long. However, what we should not forget is Rasheeds anger and his threat that any further such attempt will only mean death. It is therefore probable that Rasheed overpowered Laila and killed her.
Hosseini, Khaled.2007. A Thousand Splendid Suns. Rivekhead Books, New York.
Cleave, Chris. 2008. The Other Hand. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York.
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