A Thousand Splendid Suns

what does mariam's memory of being called a curse suggest about her sense of herself and her relationship with her mother ? how does this set the tone of the novel ?


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Women have a tough time in this culture to begin with. Their validation is usually derived through men. Being called a "curse" would destroy any child's self-esteem, especially by their own mother. Marium must live with this emotional scar and her deep rooted sorrow resonates throughout the story. The rejection of her mother repeats itself through her relationships with men and her own low self-esteem.