Lessona to be Learned in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Lessons to be Learned in A Thousand Splendid Suns A powerful, moving, eye opening novel is what should be taught in the grade 12 curriculum. A Thousand Splendid Suns written by Khaled Hosseini is just that. It is an incredible novel which gives students a better understanding of the 4U course. Firstly, the author explores literacy devices which illustrates effectively and is applicable for the 4U student and their journey to post secondary school. Secondly, A Thousand Splendid suns relates to the novel The Kite Runner as they both have main characters with tragic flaws in their lives similar to Amir, Hassan and Baba. It uses a woman protagonist instead of male, giving the reader a different prospective to life in Afghanistan as …show more content…
Nana wants Mariam to understand what will come in the future if she isn’t careful. This is demonstrates a great understanding of foreshadowing, which is a key literacy device students must learn. Secondly, Irony is used throughout the novel as it makes the reader more involved giving a hint as to what is to come in the novel. The irony is used to develop a better understanding for what is likely to come. In this case, Nana said to Mariam, “Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that Mariam”(7). Ironically, Nana blames her ex-husband, Jalil Khan, for being cruel and unkind to Mariam but instead, Mariam had enough with Nana and decided it was best for her to move in with her Father, Jalil. Lastly, Khaled Hosseini utilizes metaphors throughout the novel to help to give a more vivid idea of what the author intends while using fewer, or better, words then with a simple description. In this case, Mariam was told by Nana, “she was a mugwort or a weed that is ripped out and tossed aside. However, unlike a weed, she had to be replanted and given food and water on account of Mariam”(24). Although, truthfully Nana is given food and water by Jalil once a week for herself and Mariam. She exaggerates to grasp the attention of the reader, and to use metaphors like, a mugwort and week, to engage the reader. A Thousand Splendid Suns gives the

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