Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 3 Page 6

second wife for himself demonstrates Sultan’s perception and desire of further establishing his autonomy and control within the Khan household as well as his need to reproduce into later adulthood.

Sultan’s character also demonstrates his ability to be presented as the trickster figure within this novel as he cunningly convinces Sonya’s family that he has found them a suitable suitor to marry their daughter. The reality of this proposed suitor is in fact very deceiving as it is Sultan the 60 plus year old man who actually intends to marry her. Sultan begins his trickster role by visiting the poor family many times with various enticing messages and gifts ensuring them that he has found a suitable suitor for their daughter: Sonya’s father was more than satisfied with the price and asked to meet this