Grade 11 Short Story Analysis

1964 words - 8 pages

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Ability to Overcome Tragedy

“Through the last 17 months, I have had to teach myself to wake up and hope. Tragedy does not have to be the loss of hope. When I could not hope in the beginning, those around me hoped for me, fought for me. Eventually, I began to believe in hope again. Although you cannot fix what has happened to the people in Boston, you can wake up with hope in your heart. Wake up with hope for them. Hope for peace. Hope for healing.”

Similar to how the characters in the story get over tragedy, the most important coping mechanism is simply just having hope in rough times. You need to know and hope for the “light at the end of the ...view middle of the document...

We often look to other people or ourselves to force blame onto whatever tragedy was experienced. To overcome tragedy people need to stop pointing fingers and focus on how to get over it.

The Discrimination and Mistreatment of Women

“Globally the most common form of violence experienced by women is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner. One in three women have been abused or subjected to gender-based violence in their lives.”

Women are most commonly mistreated in their homes by loved ones. Mistreatment of women is found in so many areas of the world and in so many different places. It’s unfortunate that women get this kind of mistreatment in their own homes.

“Women form the majority of the world’s poorest people and the number of women living in rural poverty has increased by 50% since 1975. Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half of the world’s food, yet they earn only 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property. Violence against women throughout the world and in all cultures prevails on an unimaginable scale, and women’s access to justice is often paired with discriminatory obstacles – in law as well as in practice. Multiple forms of discrimination based on gender and other factors such as race, ethnicity, caste, disability, persons affected by HIV/AIDS, sexual orientation or gender identity further compounds the risk of economic hardship, exclusion and violence against women.”

Overall, women all around the world are facing different levels of discrimination and/or mistreatment because of factors they have no control over. Despite the fact women are becoming more and more equally involved in society, there’s still women being isolated from day to day life for the things she cannot control. This connects to my big idea because we are living in a society being built by equality, but sexism is still a common factor effecting development.

“In developing nations where school attendance is not as highly regulated as it is in westernized countries, young girls account for 60 percent of the out-of-school population of children. This is due to the emphasis that many parents in developing nations place on the welfare of their sons. The young man is looked at as an asset in the family. The young woman is a supporter, someone who can stay home and help with household tasks while the men earn income and develop their education.”

This relates to my big idea because women, who deserve the same rights and abilities as men, are not able to participate in school because men are seen as the more important, working gender, therefore needing the education to succeed. Women are turned into kitchen help and aren’t allowed to show what they’re really capable of because they aren’t needed by men to support the family but needed at home. Women all over are being mistreated and frowned upon simply because too many people stick with tradition.


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