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.



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.


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.



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.

Surface Area of a Sphere

The formula for SA of a sphere is 4pi(r)^2

What we did was take a 3 dimensional object and turn it into a 2 dimensional object. Using the peels which is the surface area we spread them out the best we could and was able to fill four full circles making the formula 4pi(r)^2.

TOKTW Review

Name of host: Eileen Butler

Relationship to you: Mother


The Interview:

Job Title: Municipal Water Quality Coordinator

Employer: Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Regional District)

Job Description: Review water quality for all of the lower mainland including the municipality’s. Prepare reports and arrange for testing of drinking water.

Sewer sprayer

Sewer sprayer

What are the duties and/or tasks you perform at your job?

She reviews test results for drinking water and makes arrangements for any extra tests that need to be done. Approves water mains to be returned to service after construction work has been done on it.


What qualifications do you have for your job in the following areas:

Training: Computer programs such as excel, word, GIS, LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System). Confined space entry, safety.

Education: Diploma of Biological Sciences – Biotechnology

Experience: 15 years working as Lab Tech in microbiology lab, through knowledge of Metro Vancouver’s Water System and treatments.

Skills and Attributes: Drivers Licence, good communication skills both written and verbal, willingness to work overtime when emergencies occur.

What do you like about your job:

Its in a social atmosphere, completing tasks (satisfaction of getting work done), assisting someone from a city with a water quality concern.


This is a demonstration of how development impacts ground water

What do you dislike about your job:

Speaking with members of the public who are rude and believe that they know it all, getting a phone call in the middle of the night.

How do you anticipate you job changing in the next 5 years:

More people will retire, and I will get a promotion and supervise staff.

Student Reflection:

List 3 reasons why you would like this job:

  1. There is a lot of cool places you get to go to
  2. In the company there is a lot of variety of jobs
  3. Good paying

List 3 reasons why you would not like this job:

  1. Could get stressful
  2. I’m not too interested in science right now
  3. I would not want to sit at a desk on a computer most of the time

Is this job for me? Why? Why not?

I don’t think specifically this job would be right for me because I am not interesting in science and sitting at a computer for my work. There could be other jobs in the company that could be for me.

One of the activities we did at TOKTW

One of the activities we did at TOKTW

Explain the value of TOKTW experience in relation to your ideas about your post secondary plans?


One of the different groups in Metro Vancouver was air quality and when we went to the place and heard about the instruments and what they do, I found it to not be too exciting and interesting and something I wouldn’t want to do for work. For now I am not very interested in science as a career.

Digital Footprint

When I looked myself up on the internet nothing negative or bad came up. All that was there about myself was about hockey and volleyball with things from tournaments, tryouts, teams and newspaper articles.

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least 2 examples

This could effect your future when you try to apply or get into college, university or a job, they will look you up on the internet and if they find stuff that isn’t appropriate or nice, they could turn you down. If you wanted to volunteer or do something similar they might not like what they see if they search your name. Meeting new people also might be difficult if they see something about you that they don’t want to associate with.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe?

Try to keep your social media accounts private. Think before you post and if its anything rude, inappropriate or anything you know you shouldn’t do, don’t do it. On the internet or social media things you thought you deleted or got rid of are always still there so if its bad don’t do it in the first place. And anything you do on the internet is always still there.

3. What information did you learn that you would pass on to other students? How would you go about telling them?

If you were trying to get into a job, college, university or anything and someone looked you up on the internet and found stuff they didn’t like from your past, a simple and little mistake that you did could possibly ruin part of your future and all the hard work that you have done. So always think before you do something because it could have a big impact on you later.