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Rasheed is the main antagonist of Khaled Hosseini's 2007 novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Biography

Nasty, violent-tempered, smug, and thoroughly heartless, he spends the entire book ruining the lives of the protagonists in a myriad of ways, such as marrying a 15-year-old and promptly raping her, tricking a 14-year-old into marrying him immediately after her entire family is killed by paying a man to tell her her surviving love interest is dead, beating the tar out of his wives on a daily basis, completely neglecting his daughter in favor of his son, forcing one of his wives to eat pebbles because he thought her rice was undercooked, shoving a gun into the mouth of one of his wives, and finally trying to strangle her to death. What little sympathy the author tries to create for him by letting us know his first son died is quickly dashed away when it's implied that his own drunken neglect probably caused it.

And when his wives try to run away, he tells the younger that if she ever tries it again, he will kill his other wife (her only friend) and her daughter in front of her. And she knows he's not joking, because he's just put them all in sensory deprivation rooms in the blistering heat with no water for three days.

Trivia

  • Hosseini stated that he wanted to create a multi-layered character in Rasheed and he didn't want him to be an irredeemable villain, as he is a reprehensible person who has moments of humanity.

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