Culture In The Kite Runner

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In “The Kite Runner” a narrative told through the eyes of a young boy, the reader may stray from the true culture and moral beliefs of Afghanistan.Throughout, the narrative the reader needs/should pick up symbols and cultural meanings to fully understand the differences between their culture and culture here in America.Therefore, without understanding the diversity of social class and how the religion relates to the Afghan culture the reader will not fully comprehend “The Kite Runner”. The reader needs to understand the social classes in Afghanistan such as the Hazaras and Pashtuns and how the Hazaras are treated poorly and the Pashtuns overpowering them, which is essential to the overall narrative. In “The Kite Runner” it states, “The Pashtuns, had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras. It said the Hazaras had tried to rise …show more content…

Throughout the “The Kite Runner” one character that displayed high levels of honor was Baba. For example,” The room fell silent. Less than two hours ago, Baba had volunteered to take a bullet for the honor of a woman he didn’t even know. Now he’d almost choked a man to death, would have done it cheerfully if not for the pleas of that same woman”(Hosseini, 2001, p. 118). This kind of honor shown by Baba was very courageous and as a result of his heroic act, the husband of the wife that begged Baba to stop kissed Baba’s hand. Which in the Afghanistan culture shows great honor, respect, and gratitude. In relation, people in the Afghan culture obtain culture by marrying within the family. For example, “Like Ali, she was a Shi’a Muslim and an ethnic Hazara. She was also his first cousin and therefore a natural choice for a spouse”(Hosseini, 2001, p.8). In this culture marrying within your family is very common and brings honor to one’s family name. Also, that they honor their culture and are

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