The story ‘The Kite Runner’, written by Khaled Hosseini, takes place mainly during the war in Afghanistan. After the country became a republic instead of a monarchy, the former Soviet Union invaded the country. Many years later, the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement , seized power in Afghanistan. This was accompanied by intense violence and the consequences were immense. Not only was Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, almost entirely destroyed, but the cost to human life was also huge. The Kite Runner describes the life of Amir. Before the war, he lived in Kabul with his father Baba, their servant Ali and Ali’s son Hassan. Hassan and Ali are from a lower class than Amir and Baba, but Amir and Hassan are best friends regardless.
The novel, The Kite Runner, tells a story about two incredibly strong and courageous boys, who have to find their way back from a dreadful thing which they thought they could never forget. The two boys are guided by their father, Baba, who is also looking for forgivness in himself. In the end, all of the boys find redemption for their wrongdoings.
In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are many different important conflicts throughout the story. These conflicts are brought upon by the recurring motifs, such as redemption and loyalty. The different dissensions support the ideas of characterization by how they react to the sudden adversity in their lives. Amir attempts to redeem himself through Hassan’s son, Sohrab, by saving him and giving him a better life. Further developing the meaning of the story, connoting the mental struggle and the way priorities change over time, keeping readers mindful of the motifs and how they impact each character.
The kite runner explores the idea of social hierarchy and how is causes discrimination to those surrounded by it. Social hierarchy is organized through a social structure called the caste system that separates the different social classes. The caste system plays a very important role in the kite runner. The book illustrates how the discrimination of the Hazaras is accepted and practiced by the Pashtuns. Their differences have led to the Pashtuns being the majority group and the Hazaras as the minority group. This discrimination has become built into society and effects everyday life. As Pashtuns, Amir and Baba have the opportunities to receive an education and start their own business. While the Hazaras, Hassan and Ali, may only work as servants. This discrimination brought on by social hierarchy causes isolation, violence, and guilt, to those surrounded by it throughout the book. These ideas are caused by discrimination and are explored through Amir’s experiences in the book. As a Pashtun, he experiences the effects of social hierarchy first hand, and because discrimination is such prominent tradition in his culture, we are able to see the underlying effects it has on his life.
It is known fact that up until recently those placed into mental institutions suffering from various illnesses have been treated poorly. Those who were subject to the torment of shock therapy and sedative drugs in the sixties and seventies know the pain of living in a cognitive institution. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), directed by Milos Forman, came out in the era of scandals revealing the awful conditions found in mental hospitals. However, this film does not focus on the living situation in the hospital, but funnels its efforts to look deeper into the characters that inhabit the establishment. This movie fights the ideas of conformity and protests for the right of free thinking all while presenting it in an accessible way for the populous.
Controversial Favoritism Throughout the first half of Kite Runner, there is controversy about Baba’s preference between Hassan and Amir. Contrary to the belief that Hassan and Amir are treated equally, it is crystal clear that Baba favors Hassan. First and most important, Hassan is a Hashara and should be nothing more than
Throughout history, humans have committed millions of unforgivable crime due to jealousy, selfishness, and beliefs. Although there’s a saying by George Santayana that said, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, several events in history proved that even with the power of knowledge, man’s inhumanity to man cannot be stopped. Khaled Hosseini’s representation of inhumanity through the book The Kite Runner stands out like a stain on a white shirt; it showed how far humans were willing to go for their own selfish desires. In the book ‘The Kite Runner”, inhumanity comes in different levels. From bullying to murder and rape, the author Khaled Hosseini clearly conveyed man’s inhumanity mostly through the common discriminations in Afghanistan and the actions of Assef and Amir.
The themes of shame and courage are extremely dominant throughout the novel, the Kite Runner. Most of the characters in this story seem to possess qualities of shame and courage. Particularly the main character Amir, who appears to identify with the theme of shame and struggles with being courageous. Because of this, Amir can not relate to his father very well, who is the total opposite of who he is. He also becomes envious of his servant Hassan, who has the same brave quality his father has. The subject of shame and courage are remarkably important for these characters. It plays a huge role in the relationships they have with one another and also with themselves.
Open Ended Prompt In " The Kite Runner " there is many standards that are placed on society and if failed to be followed you are considered inferior. The religion most accepted in the afghan society was the Pashtun religion. Most Afghans who are Pashton consider hazaras inferior which
The Kite Runner is a story that depicts the unique friendship between Amir and Hassan while they are currently living during a turbulent time in Afghanistan's history. Amir is the son of a wealthy Pashtun man while Hassan is his servant. The novel shows their odd friendship go through betrayal, lies, regret, and forgiveness. The Kite Runner also exhibits the struggles between father and son relationships. This thrilling novel shows the journey amid family and friends during a rough time in the history of Afghanistan.
The Kite Runner, a novel developed by Khaled Hosseini, has changed my perspective towards his kind. I was never against his kind, but I did fear them because of the 9/11 incident. I grow up in fear of their actions and their appearance. I judged a book by its cover; when I read The Kite Runner, my attitude towards their kind has changed. The novel discusses the hardships of a fellow boy who desires redemption. Khaled Hosseini, wrote his book about the events ouccring in his home and provinces. The drastic images the author portrays in his novel is very surprising because the children in the time were very young; at the time their home had a horrible case of young males sexually abused. This situation is diffrent from the cases in India where
Amir is an emotional and brilliant son of a well-known and rich businessman. He grows up with a sense of entitlement due to his ethnic background. He is the son of a Pashtun rich man and he has royal blood from his mother. Pashtuns are considered the superior ethnic group in Afghanistan. They are rich and powerful. They hold most authorities.
In Afghanistan, the Hazara people were formerly a majority ethnicity at about 67 percent of the population, however once the Pashtuns began taking political actions, the Hazaras were massacred until they only formed about 9 percent of Afghanistan’s total population today (“Afghanistan-Hazaras”). Because of their minority status, the Hazara people face much prejudice in Afghan society as shown by the book. Similarly, Afghani people compose 3 percent of America’s population, wherein they also face prejudice. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, which takes place in Afghanistan, the social divisions are shown both in Afghanistan, between the Pashtuns and Hazaras, and in the United States, between the wealthy
At the heart of a person‘s life lies the struggle to define his self, to make sense of who he is? Diaspora represents the settling as well as unsettling process. While redesigning the geopolitical boundaries, cultural patterns, it has also reshaped the identities of the immigrants with new challenges confronting the immigrant in negotiating his identity. Diaspora becomes a site where past is given a new meaning and is preserved out of intense nostalgia and longing. The novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid is significant in its treatment of the issues faced by immigrants in the diaspora. Mohsin Hamid has grounded his resistance narrative in the identity narrative and through the prism of identity offers a deep insight into the American society and its ideals. The novel exposes the ugly side of the American society with its fundamentalist institutions and dislodges the narratives of fundamentalism as a Muslim monopoly and inverts the myths and discourses on identity to produce a counter narrative.