A character can change or develop in a story thousands of different ways. Some characters stumble upon to what goes on in the story and others are born into the story. The second is the case for Mariam of the story “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled hosseini. She was born into life out of wedlock, for this she is known as a harami ‘or bastard’. Being a harami she was always talked down to and treated like she was nothing. Along with this she is shy and amazingly loving at the same time. The first Characteristic of Mariam is that she felt like she herself was worth nothing.
Her mother was the main cause of this because she constantly put Mariam down. Even when she was a little girl her mother had said, “”You are a clumsy little harami. This is my reward for everything I’ve endured. An heirloom-breaking, clumsy little harami” (Hosseini 4). Mariam’s mother had blamed her for everything that had gone wrong. Also on top of that she really wants to be accepted into her father’s family, but he is ashamed of her. After she ran away her other committed suicide, and Mariam tried to go to her dads house but was told he was not home and while she was leaving she saw him in the window. Mariam kept thinking of his face in the upstairs window. He let her sleep on the street. On the street. Mariam cried lying down. ” (Hosseini 35). Just that alone would make anyone feel like they do not even want to live, as if they were nothing. On top of it the kind of social awkwardness that was created from that kind of thing must have been awful. It must have been a huge shot to her self-confidence. This brings it spiraling in to the next of Mariam’s outstanding characteristics. The second characteristic of Mariams that really stood out was her over whelming shyness.
Mariams shyness ended up affecting her whole life. Like when a suitor came asking for her hand she did not really speak up and say what she wanted. She let others try to talk her in to it and just waited there “She went on staring at Jalil, waiting for him to speak up, to say that none of this is true” (Hosseini 48). When she was being married she was completely silent, and she was also pushed into it. “And do you, Mariam jan, accept this man as your husband? Mariam stayed quiet. Throats were cleared.
She does, a female voice said from down the table” (Hosseini 52). But, after she is all settled in Rasheed and all of her wifely duties are done she walks down the street to the community tandoor. When the neighbors come up to try and make her feel welcome she is terrified, backed into a corner but a friend ends up saving her. “Mariam backed away. She was hyperventilating. Her ears buzzed, her pulse fluttered, her eyes darted from one face to another. She backed away again, but there was nowhere to go to- she was in the center of the circle.
She spotted Fariba, who was frowning, who saw that she was in distress. Let her be! ” (Hosseini 68). Even though mariam lived a hard, empty and loveless life she still managed to find the love and family she always craved. Which just happens to be her final characteristic. The third and final characteristic that is closest to the end of the story is the incredible love that she has to give. The bond of Laila and Aziza (lailas baby) really came into being after mariam struck rasheed with the shovel, killing him. “For me, it ends here. There’s nothing more I want.
Everything I’d ever wished for as a little girl you’ve already given me. You and your children have made me so very happy. It’s all right, Laila jo. This is all right. Don’t be sad”(Hosseini 358). They had become the family she dreamt of having as a child and have given her the status of legitimacy that she longed for all her life. Her love was not romantic or anything like that, but it was more like a motherly kind of love. So even though she had a loveless and extremely sad life she still had a heart of gold and all the love in the world to give.
A character can change or develop in a story thousands of different ways. Some characters stumble upon to what goes on in the story and others are born into the story. The second is the case for Mariam of the story “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled hosseini. She was born into life out of wedlock, for this she is known as a harami ‘or bastard’. Being a harami she was always talked down to and treated like she was nothing. Along with this she is shy and amazingly loving at the same time.