The Society Lies Within a Mask

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Mr. Colin Boucher


The Society Lies within a Mask

A society has the power and potential to influence an individual's mindset and behavior. Globally, each and every individual plays an important role in the society. In addition, the society also has the biggest potential to influence on an individual's life. Khaled Hosseini, the author of 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', his characters were given their own point of view towards the society. Specifically, Rasheed says that he is not an ordinary man and he is a "different breed of man", he shook his head and stated that they are spoiling their own nang and namoos (Hosseini 69). In the novel 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' the message being communicated is that hiding true identities makes a better society but has negative impacts on individuals. Saving face causes a person to be accepted in the society which steals the freedom away and also which will end up in a regret.

A person gets to be accepted in the society when he/she hides the true identity by wearing a mask. The character of Jalil wears a mask by accusing Nana for what he had done. He blamed Nana by saying, "You know what he told his wives by way of defense? That I forced myself on him. That it was my fault" (Hosseini 7). Hosseini demonstrates that Jalil had a high prestige and he was willing to chase a woman who was pregnant and making to live in a rat hole. Jalil didn't want the society of Herat to know about it so, he did all that silently. He was widely known all over Herat due to his wealth. He sent Nana off to Gul Daman because he didn't want the society to...