What kind of point of view are the stories told from?


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What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of narrator is telling the stories?



What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of point of view are the stories told from?

  • What kind of narrator is telling the stories?

    • Third person
    • Omniscient


What themes can you identify?

  • What themes can you identify?



The inner strength of women…



The human capacity for evil…

  • The human capacity for evil…

  • An important theme

  • Characters are victims of who?



The human capacity for evil…

  • The human capacity for evil…

  • An important theme

  • Characters are victims of who?

    • Soviets
    • Mujahideen
    • Taliban


Loyalty and devotion…

  • Loyalty and devotion…

  • Another theme

  • Between who?



Loyalty and devotion…



Misogyny…

  • Misogyny…

  • What is that?



Misogyny…



What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • What’s the mood throughout the novel?



What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • Tragic?

  • Despair?

  • Sad?

  • Uplifting?

  • Hopeful?



What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • What’s the mood throughout the novel?

  • What about the commentary on the strength of the woman?



1. What makes Mariam go to her father’s house?

  • 1. What makes Mariam go to her father’s house?



2. Why is Nana so bitter? How does it affect her relationship with her daughter?

  • 2. Why is Nana so bitter? How does it affect her relationship with her daughter?



3. Why does Jalil marry Mariam to Rasheed?

  • 3. Why does Jalil marry Mariam to Rasheed?



4. Why did Jalil come to Kabul to Mariam’s house? How does Mariam react? How does he finally say he is sorry?

  • 4. Why did Jalil come to Kabul to Mariam’s house? How does Mariam react? How does he finally say he is sorry?



5. What was the marriage of Rasheed and Mariam like before Laila comes into their lives?

  • 5. What was the marriage of Rasheed and Mariam like before Laila comes into their lives?



6. What about Laila’s childhood? Is she closer to her mother of father? How? Why?

  • 6. What about Laila’s childhood? Is she closer to her mother of father? How? Why?



7. Why does Laila accept Rasheed’s marriage proposal?

  • 7. Why does Laila accept Rasheed’s marriage proposal?



8. Why does Mariam decide to take the blame for Laila?

  • 8. Why does Mariam decide to take the blame for Laila?



9. Why does Laila decide to return to Kabul? What does she do to honor the memories of her parents and Mariam?

  • 9. Why does Laila decide to return to Kabul? What does she do to honor the memories of her parents and Mariam?



10. How are the of Kabul and Mariam alike?

  • 10. How are the of Kabul and Mariam alike?



There are a lot of parent/child relationships in the novel.

  • There are a lot of parent/child relationships in the novel.

  • What kind of relationships were they?

  • Present a position describing the relationships and defend your position with specific evidence from the novel.



Nana and Mariam




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