The Role Of Power In The Kite Runner

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History reveals, that the public people of any given place are swayed more by those who hold a substantial position of power. Power defines the influence that a person, or group of people, can have over the public. Due to social hierarchy, most of the power and money is given to only a fraction of the people, making survival to be not as much of an issue to those of a higher class. Power to control their own lives is the main concern with those in higher classes. In the book The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, economic power belongs to the characters in a higher class, but power to control other characters as well as to impact the outcome of the text belongs to the lower class characters. Lower class characters include characters who are considered minorities, have difference in beliefs, or even have physical disabilities Therefore, the characters who are classified as inferior impact the story line more than the characters who are of a higher class. Hassan, a character considered inferior, physically and ethnically, is one of the most influential characters in The Kite Runner. Hassan is a Hazara, a group of people who throughout the book are seen as weaker and inferior to the Pashtuns. Most of the Hazara characters are portrayed as servants to the higher class Pashtuns. “...part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi’a” (Hosseini 9). The initial reason of persecution of the Hazaras is the
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