Thursday, March 27, 2008

"A Thousand Splendid Suns"

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini there were many points in the book where it seemed to have been the climax but to me I believe the last chapter in part two is the climax of the book for many reasons. For example, it changed one of the characters lives drastically, Laila lost everything she had and Mariam brought her into her home.

In chapter 26 Laila and her family decided to leave her home and search for protection from the war against the soviets that was destroying their villages. In this chapter Laila was taking all their stuff outside. The next thing that happens is “something hot and powerful slammed into her from behind. It knocked her out of her sandals. Lifted her up. And now she was flying. Twisting, and rotating in the air… the last thing she was aware of was seeing something thud to the ground near by. A bloody chunk of something. On it, the trip of a red bridge poking through the fog” (174). In this passage the reader realizes that a huge rocket from the sky had hit Laila’s home. Laila consciously knows that her parents ended up being blown to pieces because of the “bloody chunks” of things that landed near her were likely to be her parents. The passage also tells you that Laila survived the attack because she is just lying there conscious of her surroundings.

After the attack Laila gets taken care of by the other main character in the book Mariam and her husband Rasheed. Laila’s life immediately changes right at that moment she is left with nothing and later ends up having no choice but to marry Rasheed to survive.