A Thousand Splendid Suns Dreams, Alone, Empty, Shaken, Sweat, Tears, Devastating = Laila has dreams about Mariam because she miss her and cannot believe that she is gone (p381) Final Moments, Not regret any, Unintended Pitiable, Accident, Had loved, Been Loved, Friend, Companion, Guardian, A mother, Die, Did as she was told = As Mariam is about to be killed, she reminisces about her time with Laila, Aziza, Nana, and Zalmai (p370)
If We Must Die Die, Not be like hogs, Nobly, Honor us through dead!, Thousand blows deal one death-blow!, Fighting back! = while fighting for freedom there will be loss, many will die but that is the price it will cost (McKay) Die, Precious blood, Monsters, Defy, Constrained, Brave = Death brings out the worst in a person (McKay)
There is no such thing as freedom without loss.
For Laila to be free, Mariam stays behind and takes all the blame for killing Rasheed knowing that she would be killed herself. Mariam knew the cost of freedom and did not want Laila, Aziza, Zalmai, and Tariq to live on the run, she want them to be free and did everything for that to happen.
Maus Sick, Wrong, Nothing, Don’t want to live, Strain, Breakdown = Anja is starting to lose her reason for living, contemplating suicide (p31) I was free, Gift, Saved, A little better off, Restless, Sneak = Vladek was freed from one camp but was not free from his life entirely (p68)