Parenthetical Citations Challenge
- For this activity you’ll need to take out an essay which you have recently written and identify and quotes or information you have paraphrased. After you are done identifying the paraphrasing and quotes you’ll make up citations for these parts if you haven’t done so already.
- Note: You do not need to find the exact source which you've used in your essay you can make up your own
“Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam (Hosseini Pg. 323)." In the last three decades, Afghanistan has been ruled by communist Soviet troops and US-led international forces, and in the years in between it has been ruled by militant groups and the infamous Taliban. In the last fifty years, women's rights have been exploited by different groups for political gain, sometimes being improved but often being abused. As a result Afghan women were the ones who lost most from the war. A Thousand Splendid Suns, presents us to three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny seen from the perspectives of two women, through the eyes of the two women Mariam and Laila we see the gradual but prominent changes that take place after the soviet army is overthrown, and extremism comes about in which women are abused, tortured, and subjected to inhumane practices we learn from this piece of literature to be grateful for the rights we have and take extreme actions against these oppressors.
Even before the arrival of the Soviet Union and Taliban, women were treated like slaves or property. "Their personal consent concerning anything related to their well-being was considered unimportant, to such a degree that they were never even treated as a party to a marriage contract" (Nasimi, 2014). Women were used for one purpose, and then discarded. They had no independence, could own no property and were not allowed to inherit. In times of war, women were treated as part of the prize. Their condition was unspeakable. In addition, the birth of a daughter in a family was not an occasion for happiness, but was regarded as embarrassment.