Comparing A Thousand Splendid Sons And The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even in a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” –Khaled Hosseini. The comparison between the novel, A Thousand Splendid Sons, and movie, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is inevitable. In both cases, each character goes through changes, leaving what was once a part of their daily routines just a memory. The Kite Runner is a movie about friendship, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies. A Thousand Splendid Suns is an outstanding, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love. It focuses on two women; mothers and daughters, and their complications with living in Afghanistan. Despite the fact these stories aren’t sequels; there are several similarities and difference amongst the two, making some question if they are indeed linked together. “I also think that A Thousand Splendid Suns is, in some ways, a more ambitious book than my first novel [The Kite Runner]. The story is multigenerational, unfolding over almost forty-five years, often skipping ahead years. There is a larger cast of characters, and a dual perspective, and the wars and political turmoil in Afghanistan are chronicled with more detail than in The Kite Runner.” – Khaled Hosseini.
Afghanistan; Taliban controlled, discrimination and love everywhere yet nowhere at the same time. It’s a nation where culture and tradition are of immense importance, especially to the older generation. Over 53% of Afghan population is below the poverty line, making the country one of the Earth’s poorest. Life would be lived on a day to day basis, not knowing if it’s safe to be outside, when the violence will return, or if you will be able to put food on your plates at least once each day. The country is hidden in the midst of the Middle East where men and women are not equal, where men have the pleasure of beating their wives, the harsh reality of how women truly have no rights whatsoever. In the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and the movie, The Kite Runner, the setting is similarly in Kabul, Afghanistan. A Thousand Splendid Suns centers on life in Kabul, being seen through the eyes of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives are thrown together through tragedy. In Afghanistan, the city in which people can experience change in a woman’s status the most is in Kabul. When communists rule Afghanistan, there is an attempt to more gender equality in education. However, when the Taliban came into power, women were imprisoned into their homes and their basic human rights were violated. When the Taliban falls and the union comes to power, women were given back their legal human rights, but it still remains a slow move to equality. The Kite Runner displays the issue of ethnic discrimination in Afghanistan, more in depth, the relationship between Pashtuns and Hazaras. Baba’s father sets an example for him...

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