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Sisterhood as a Saviour of Afghan Women: An Analysis of Khaled Hosseini’s Ideology

Muhammad Asif, Radzuwan Ab. Rashid, Hanita Hanim Ismail, Omar Ali Al-Smadi, Baderaddin Yassin
English Language and Literature Studies , Volume 10; doi:10.5539/ells.v10n4p78

Abstract: Sisterhood corresponds to a bond of love, cooperation and solidarity among women to fight against their individual or collective oppression at the hands of patriarchy. It initiates and shapes the struggle of women against their sexism. On the other hand, envy and non-cooperation act as enemies of women, making them as easy prey for the patriarchal forces. This study provides a textual analysis of Afghan American novelist Khaled Hosseini’s novels A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. The theoretical foundations of the research are laid down on the theories proposed by bell hooks. The study shows that the solidarity of female characters in the novels freed them from the oppression of patriarchy. However, their envy and non-cooperation led them to the domination of men. This study is a unique addition to the topic as it brings together the ideals of sisterhood and envy on the selected novels of Khaled Hosseini.
Keywords: cooperation / solidarity / patriarchy / oppression / envy / Afghan / Sisterhood / Khaled Hosseini

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