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...uspended" (A Thousand Splendid Suns p.173). Hosseini uses the symbol of whistling to present image of the fear and disappointment of Laila and Tariq, as the citizens experience numerous bombings that occur day and night. The citizens in the city of Kabul, including Laila, anguish and fear about the whistling because this is the time when the people have to wait and wonder where the rocket is going to land without knowing if it might be their last breath. It could kill them, their relatives, or maybe even their friends. The citizens are also annoyed with such a horrible event. Thus, this passage is symbolic and significant with the use of imagery, symbolism and allusion, which helps the reader understand the social issues and the conditions during war, and creates a picture in the reader’s mind of the horror Laila faces every day.
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