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Focalization in A Thousand Splendid Suns: on the Highlight of the Theme and Characterization

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DOI: 10.25236/ecomhs.2018.002


Shu Hong

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Shu Hong


As the first Afghan-American writer in English, Khaled Hosseini appeared on the stage of literature as a black horse with his two best-seller novels published, The Kite Runner in 2003 and A Thousand Splendid Suns(Suns in short) in 2007. By telling a story of two seemingly irrelevant but sophisticatedly connected Afghan women, the second book shows an obvious superiority in thematic choice and narrative techniques over the first one, where the changes and shifts in focalization bound to the heroines and other characters act as a distinguishing mark of its author's narrative ability reaching a higher level.


Focalization, Narrative Structural Construction, Characterization, Thematic Highlighting