1000 Splendid Suns

How does power affect relationships?

Power does affect relationships. This is evident through the story 1000 Splendid Suns and I give prime examples through the points blow in this post.

Mariam’s father values his wealth over his relationship with his daughter where he gives her away to be married to a stranger.

Rasheed’s power affected Mariam and Laila’s relationship and life throughout the story. He unfortunately made them both question their worth and abused them, this especially had an impact on Mariam, where he wondered if life was worth living. On the other hand, Rasheed’s attitude made them into stronger, more adaptive women.

Tariq is the love of Laila’s life, he showed her that she is equal in their relationship and valued. He came back for her like he promised so they could get married. He then let Laila move the whole family back to Kabul because its what she wanted and Tariq wanted her to be happy.

 

Characterization

Mariam’s relationship with her father truly shows how power does affect relationships. Mariam’s father sets up an arranged marriage where she was separated from him forever; against her will she had to move from her home and city to live with Rasheed. This moment of not being able to say no to the marriage had her mind spinning and questioning her value as a human. Her father no longer wanted her and made her marriage arrangements with Rasheed, she then lost her trust in just about everyone in her life.

Jalil, Mariam’s father, is a rich business man and a local icon, so he would never want to jeopardize those things and although he does love Mariam as his daughter, he values his money and image more and he throws away his relationship with her for this power.

The lens

Psychoanalysis Theory:

In the beginning, Mariam is younger and a carefree person where she adventures off to find Jalil. Her sense of adventure and carefree personality took over in this moment and she didn’t think twice about the consequences, showing her Id. Once Mariam married Rasheed he became the Id figure in their relationship because he has a temper and doesn’t think before speaking. Mariam was forced to become the Superego thinker when she started living with Rasheed to balance out the relationship and she had to think and act cautiously about what to do in certain situations to not make him mad. Rasheed never realized how Mariam’s personality changed from Id to Superego but she was almost forced to, to be able to survive living with Rasheed. This was the power that he had and the fear Mariam lived in that she had to change herself for him.

Marxist Theory/Feminist Theory:

The author makes the classes very evident in the book where men and women are not equal. Rasheed and his family are a middle-class household, he has a two-story house with the essentials and some spending money, yet the laws change and the famine hits, and Rasheed has ran out of money after pampering his son Zalmai. Rasheed decided to give Laila to the orphanage to save money. The direness and hardship of this situation is apparent where they had to give away their child to keep the family from starving to death. Rasheed’s love for Zalmai got the best of him and he wasn’t watching what he did with his money and it ended up ruining the family. Laila and Mariam discussed his spending throughout the story and seen his bankruptcy coming but they had no say in what Rasheed did with his money. They tried to warn him and help but he refused to listen to them because he is above them and he thinks they are stupid, uneducated women.

Feminist Theory:

The laws in Afghanistan quickly changed and women were no longer able to go outside without being escorted by a man, this was a huge change for Laila and Mariam. They ended up bonding over many things like this situation and it brought their relationship closer, they were there for each other and supported one another through the challenging times.

The discussions

Mariam had to eat pebbles, Rasheed abused his wives, he forced his wives to wear burqas, they were starved and many more reasons showed that Rasheed was the man of the house and that his power was the biggest thing in the way of them having happier lives. If Rasheed wasn’t so forceful, they all would have been happier people and would have improved their quality of life. An opposite connection to Laila’s parents is that her father and mother were much more equal, and Laila was raised in a healthy and happy home. These are polar opposite living conditions were right across the street from Laila’s happy home all her life Mariam was being abused.

Mariam and Laila often looked at Rasheed with fear instead of as a loving and caring husband like they should.

The Text-to-Text Connections

In the movie The Maze Runner, Thomas shows up in the maze and quickly learns that Gally has lots of power, people respect him and he’s the leader. It isn’t until Thomas shows up and has a different perspective and different ideas on how to survive that others start to question Gally and his decisions. Gally’s power and respect begins to shift from him to Thomas and the two of them argue about what is right and wrong. They could have worked together and had a better outcome but all Gally wanted was to be right and have power and this affected their relationship and he ended up making the wrong decision and not going with Thomas. I connected this to the fact that Rasheed is an abusive husband and has much more power than Mariam and Laila do. Since he does not treat them well they don’t have a good bond resulting in them not having anyone to support them, alike Gally and Thomas.

Here is a link to The Maze Runner trailer where you can see Thomas’ wisdom and curiosity come to life, and conflict with Gally spark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwwbhhjQ9Xk

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Ron Weasley isn’t the most well-known person around Hogwarts whereas Harry and Harmoine seem to be better known by teachers and students. Although Ron does like his friends, he is often seen following them around and is a supporting character in the story. He relies on his friends for many things including support, his reputation at the school, mysteries to solve and fun. This reminds me of how Laila and Mariam rely on Rasheed to provide for them since they are not allowed to work. Ron is a supporting character in Harry’s life because Harry has more power than him, and Mariam and Laila are supporting characters in Rasheed’s life because he has more power than them.

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Temptation and Stuggle

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I enjoyed writing this essay, learning how to write a proper essay and breaking down the different parts will help me in the future in this class and English classes I take in the future. I am proud of this essay because I chose to do something original by comparing the temptation and struggles through the allusions so it was very in depth.  I felt I did well at imbedding quotes to help out my essay and the understanding for the readers. I made corrections for connecting sentences and punctuation, it will be a goal going forward for me to have less mistakes and better flow.

 

 

Campaigner

My personality type from 16 personalities is a campaigner! A few words I would use to describe myself are outgoing, caring and friendly. These qualities are something most campaigners have. If you know what type of personality you have you are able to express yourself better but also understand yourself easier because you realize why you do certain things. Knowing others personalities helps for the same reasons because you are able to understand why people do different things and why they react to different situations like they did. If working in a group situation it could be helpful to have a mix of different types of personalities and a mix of introverts and extroverts because you are able to see different perspectives from others. The problem with these tests is you get your results but you only get one personality and most people would be between a few things because they have a variety of different qualities that aren’t necessarily represented in their personality.

Family During the Great Depression Activity – Core Competenices

The activity we did with the class was there was a town with a very wealthy family that could dictate how and what happened to a lot of the other families. An example of how they could dictate what happened was they got rid of their gardener and that decrease another families monthly income so then they had to change up their ways of living because they were no longer making as much money. The core competency this related to was critical thinking for me because I was given the family with a lot of money and power, and I could dictate what happened to the other families. I would take out what I didn’t think was important to my family but it was important to another family so I would have to think about what I was doing first.

How Sustainable is PoCo?

The resources I am researching is water.

The questions I will be researching and asking people in my survey is:

  • How many people live in your household?
  • How many times a week would you say you use your washing machine?
  • How many times a week would you say you use you dishwasher

Ethic of Care

  1. How do you personally define an ethic of care – The way people respond and take action to different things they care/are passionate about.
  2. What would be needed to create an ethic of care? – Time and effort are needed for an ethic of care to be carried out on something.
  3. What would we have to believe about the environment to care for it? How should we see it? – We would need to believe that we can help it and fix it and we should see it as one of the most important things to man kind.
  4. How would we act if we cared about the environment? Give scenarios – We would act like its our newborn child that we constantly take care of it, watch it and give it whatever it needs/wants.
  5. What would be different about the world if everyone adopted this ethic of care towards the environment? Benefits and drawbacks? -The environment would be better off because its taken care of better. The drawbacks is the trade off it takes from other things like driving your car everyday or eating beef, we can give these up to better the environment but it takes away from our personal enjoyment.
  6. Should we adopt an ethic of care towards the environment? – We definitely should because without it and we keep treating it poorly the world will be destroyed and we won’t be able to revive it.