Social Injustice Mariam

Social Injustice Mariam

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  • Mariam called a Harami.
  • "This is my reward for everything I've endured. A heirloom-breaking harami." (pg.4)
  • Mariam left outside Jalil's house.
  • "She spent the night outside of Jalil's house." (pg 34.)
  • Mariam finds porn in Rasheed's house even though she is forced to wear a burka.
  • "Who were these women? How could they allow themselves to be photographed this way?" (pg 82.) 
  • Right after Mariam breaks Nana's tea set, Nana calls her a harami which translates to a bastard. This is social injustice because the only sin of a harami is being born and Nana always calls Mariam a harami because of how life treats her. 
  • Laila gets urine squirted on her because of her blonde hair.
  • "Don't worry, this won't show. Not on your hair." (pg 117)
  • When Mariam visits Jalil, Jalil treats her by not even answering the door and makes her sleep outside because she is his daughter but she is a harami. This is an example of social injustice because haramis do nothing wrong but being born and they are usually treated like trash just like Mariam being left on the streets. 
  • Tariq shows men are smarter than women by solving a riddle
  • "Your masculine smarts? Really? Tell me, who always wins at chess?" (pg 132)
  •  While Mariam takes a look inside Rasheed's room she finds porn. This is an example of social injustice because Rasheed believes all women should wear burqas and forces Mariam to wear one at all times, but he owns a bunch of playboy and porn magazines. 
  • Fariba still fawns over Ahmad and Noor and still neglects Laila even the boys are dead.
  • "I'm going to show Commander Massoud with a picture of Ahmad and Noor." (pg 167)
  • Khadim (Laila's bully) squirts urine all over Laila. This is social injustice because Laila looks different form everyone else because of her blonde hair and Khadim picks on her for hair because it doesn't look normal. 
  • Tariq uses the stereotype that men are better than women when he solves Laila's riddle. 
  • "I let you win."
  • While Ahmad and Noor are long dead, Fariba still focuses her attention on them so much that it almost looks like she still has a daughter that is still alive and still need to be taken care of.  
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