Cultural Differences In The Kite Runner

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There are severe social class and ethnic differences in Afghanistan. The Pashtuns are the superior race in Afghan society while the Hazaras live in the bottom of the society. However, Ali and Hassan are profoundly affected by the hierarchical order, and accept their inferior status as if they were born with. Ali has severed Baba loyally for a life time without regrets. So does Hassan. Hassan expresses his loyalty to Amir through many things, especially the kite. The first word Hassan uttered was “Amir”, which present that Hassan was destined to be loyal to Amir from birth. In the following days, Hassan constantly make contribution to and consider for Amir. When Amir cut off the last kite in the kite fighting competition, Hassan run to chase the kite and say to Amir, “For you, a thousand times ever.”, which moves a lot of people.…show more content…
"For you, a thousand times over." is Hassan 's commitment as a servant to his master –Amir. In order to fulfill his promise, he even sacrificed himself. Hassan is a boy of integrity, kindness and bravery, loved by Baba, which arouse Amir 's jealousy. Amir asked Hassan to shot a dog by slingshot, and Hassan did it. When Amir asked Hassan whether he would eat dirt if Amir told to, Hassan answered he would eat seriously. Hassan endured Assef’s insult silently in order to protect Amir’s kite. But he never hate Amir, which make Amir feel even more guilty. Thus Amir put his birthday gift in Hassan’s room and framed him. But surprisingly, Hassan accepted his slander, admitting that he steal Amir’s gift. Moreover, Hassan came back to Kabul to guard Amir’s house. Therefore, it is not difficult to find out that Hassan is willing to do anything for Amir. In other words, it is the promise that constricts him. Hassan expected freedom and happiness as other kids, but in reality, his fate at the mercy of others, especially Amir, exactly as the kite, whose direction is at the disposal of the kite
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