A Thousand Splendid Suns

How does the presence of the Taliban in Kabul affect Rasheed differently from Laila?


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Once their strict laws are announced to the people, it seems as if the idyllic hope of the Afghan people once again dies. However, Rasheed’s affinity for the Taliban further allows readers to see insight into his sexist attitudes, and how he can use the Taliban reign to gain even more power within his household. Rasheeds mysogenistic attitudes are validated by the Taliban. To Laila, the taliban just means more opression for women. Laila’s inner turmoil about whether or not to abort her unborn child provides insight into the multiple layers of her character, and how her character has changed since she has become hardened by Rasheed.