The Role of Trauma in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


  • U. Maria Liny Jenifer PhD Research Scholar Department of English Periyar University, Salem
  • Dr. B. J. Geetha Assistant Professor Department of English Periyar University, Salem India


Literature records the history and it provides a space for memories, foreshadow, flashback and awful remembrances that are colored by pain, wound and trauma. The meaning of the term ‘trauma’ is a “stress or blow that may produce disordered feelings or behaviour†to a “state or condition produced by such a stress or blow†(Erikson 184). In other words, the term trauma refers to the state of mind which results from an injury. The devastating and damaging experience during the war makes an individual to live a traumatic life. It is an experience lived after the event at the level of its unspeakable truth and muted voices. This paper highlights the traumatic experiences of war in the lives of Afghans in the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This novel is written from the female perspective by focussing the major characters Mariam and Laila. These female characters witness the war life in Afghanistan. Their voices are heard as bloodshed rather than words. On the whole, war literature focuses on the narratives of soldiers and the victims. Khaled Hosseini also reflects the life of Afghans among the riotous and war torn in Afghanistan. These violent events are recollected as the haunting memories and literature is considered as the panacea in which it heals the traumatic life.


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