Mariam and Laila develop a sister-like bond, and she becomes a second mother to Aziza and Zalmai. Rumors fly about the possible socialist ties of Daoud Khan. However, Jalil claims that Mariam was born in a hospital while Jalil was away. The start of the novel provides insight into Mariam's dual existence as a child. While the country implemented the in 2009 Elimination of Violence against Women , in 2013, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released a showing a 20% increase in murders of women.
A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Hope Hope drives Mariam to seek out her father Jalil, in her hopes of being enfolded into his family with his wives and her half-siblings. Students will no doubt be familiar with the oppression of women in Afghanistan. Nana refuses to send Mariam to school, chastises Mullah Faizullah, and tells Mariam that the only skill she needs to learn is how to endure life. Nana told Mariam of how her own father never loved her, how he was never proud of her, of how he never cared when nana was giving birth to her the stories never matched the ones that her father Jalil told her.
Ultimately, throughout the rest of the novel, Mariam's capacity for endurance is what allows her to survive horrible conditions and depressing personal losses. As the political situation devolves in Afghanistan, Kabul is attacked by Mujahideeen, and Tariq's family makes plans to leave. She visits Mariam's childhood home, and receives a box for the local Mullah's son that was meant for Mariam. Miriam hits Rasheed once with a shovel, stunning him, then hits him again will all her force, killing him. Laila has asked her to join them in escaping.
Both parents claim that they chose Mariam's name. Tariq is very protective of Laila as well as seen in his beating of Khadim. Rising Action A girl named Laila lives near Rasheed and Mariam. It is one depicting the lives of two particular women who live under the control of a persecuting husband and the infamous rule of the Taliban. The rich oppresses the poor where Jalil is forced to throw Nana because she was a mere housekeeper and he never wanted the shame of an illegitimate child. Jalil is family, but he essentially rejects Mariam.
Mariam learns early on that the attainment of a formal education would not only be impossible for her, but also that such an education would be wasted on her. Jalil also brings her gifts. Mariam however an illegitimate daughter of Jalil a wealthy businessman, faces several hardship and rejection since she was born. She will never be wanted in his house because she is a harami, an embarrassment to his honor and pride. Their newfound truce results in Laila asking Mariam to have a cup of chai in the yard. It becomes clear that Rasheed's only use for Mariam is in her ability to replace the son he lost years ago. He turns them in to the authorities, who send them back to Rasheed.
Laila then says she has homework and Mammy asks her to shut the curtains, already sinking back under the covers. Nana retells the events of Mariam's birth as if to suggest that she was on the floor of the kolba for two days, lying in pain waiting for birth. Laila hardly remembers anything about her two older brothers who left for war when she was two years old. Nana wishes that her father avenged her, but he did not do so. Mariam has complicated feelings about her parents: She lives with her spiteful and stubborn mother, Nana; while her father Jalil, a successful businessman, visits Mariam — his only illegitimate child — once a week.
Finally so does Laila's family, but as they are packing, a bomb hits their house, killing Laila's mother and father. Laila informs her that while she was dreaming, a boy shot piss out of a water gun on her hair. It turns out that she's pregnant with Tariq's child. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable! After the fight, Khadim never bothers Laila again. Miriam is an inspirational figure in this book, and is an example to all how one can overcome even the greatest of miseries to become a strong, loved person who can be proud to have lived the life they led.
As Tariq tells Laila that he and his family are fleeing to Pakistan, the couples makes love for the first time, quickly and passionately. Create questions you would ask the author and at least one of the people in the book. Miriam was beside herself with joy at the thought of being wanted and loved. Once the dutiful, devoted young girl, she became a woman filled with resentment and fear only to end up as the strong, loved woman she died as protecting the ones she loved. To Mariam, he is the loving father who relieves the monotony of life with his weekly visits; to Nana he is the coward who would not stand by her after getting her pregnant.
Laila is taken in by Rasheed, Miriam's husband, and nursed back to health. In order to save face in his household, Jalil insisted that Nana threw herself upon him. And through these two women Laila and Mariam , Hosseini creates a mind-blowing, awe-inspiring adventure of regret, despair, tragedy, and more importantly, redemption. Mariam resents Laila at first, but she eventually becomes close to Laila and her new daughter, Aziza. It contains a long letter, as well as her share of his inheritance. According to an article published by Al Jazeera in July 2015, 90% of women in Afghanistan are still facing abuse, violence, or forced marriages. Additionally, as Mariam grows up, she becomes steady and solid enough to endure her surroundings but rarely proactive enough to change her situation - a pattern of behavior which most likely reflects her upbringing.