In this essay I will be reflecting on the seminar that our class had about the Pashtunwali and its influence in the characters of ‘The Kite Runner’. First of all Pashtunwali is an ethical code that Pashtuns follow. In the book it talks about two main groups of people; the Pashtun live by an unwritten code that that is flexible and changes over time. The core belief of Pashtunwali is: self respect, independence, justice, hospitality, love and forgiveness.
The Kite Runner is harsh, and much profanity is spoken including the f-word, b-tard, a--, d--n, h---, s--- and c--t. God's name is used in vain with forbidden way. It is somewhat forsaken in some parts of the world. Jesus has his name also taken in vain in the book. Assef's brutality showed when he was only a child. Amir is related to the various stories of his violence.
Social Injustice is a situation when some unfair practices are being carried in society. Everyday someone is beat, raped, or crying for help in Afghanistan. This is what life has become in Afghanistan after the government has been overtaken. Social injustice is a major problem in Afghanistan. According to Farooq, “Social Injustice is a situation when some unfair practices are being carried in society.”
The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is a story about a young boy named Amir who is seeking redemption. He does something to his servant Hassan that is unforgiveable. Amir and Hassan was very close friends even though he was Amir servant. Amir and Hassan were antithesis to each other; Hassan was a Hazara, and Amir was a Pashtun. Hassan was loyal and faithful to Amir, but Amir will get jealous of Hassan and treat him wrong.
Throughout The Kite Runner, culture is shown as a major theme. As the book progresses, multiple instances of the Afghan culture are referenced. In particular, the Afghan culture is accurately displayed and challenged through kite running, family affairs and also celebrations. These instances are evenly displayed throughout the book in various ways. Many of these cultural expressions are still seen today.
“You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it” (Hosseini, 232) This quote in the novel represents the financial gap in Afghanistan. There was a bad side, and a good side in Afghanistan. Amir lived in the wealthy area of Afghanistan with the servants, people of the middle and upper class. Those people lived good, happy lives unlike those of the opposite side of Afghanistan. Most of the country is populated with the people of the poor side.
Khaled Hosseini: Afghanistan’s Pride When people think about Afghanistan, war, violence, and destruction usually come to mind, but there are Afghan citizens who still have hope in their country. Influential author Khaled Hosseini, who is endeared and respected by readers all over the world, portrays the destruction in Afghanistan through his own eyes in his novels. A true humanitarian, Hosseini is a man of the people, raising awareness for Afghanistan, working as a doctor, and being an active goodwill envoy. He was even named Humanitarian of the Year in 2006 for his devotion to helping refugees, such as the Sudanese. He also won the award for The Kite Runner’s overall impact on the world, showing the distressed lives of Afghan citizens.
In contrast to developed countries, the women of developing countries who head households have more obstructions in obtaining resources and services in housing and agriculture. They have less access to land, credits, capital and jobs with good incomes. Such in Afghanistan, it is often undesirable and not possible for women to admit to maintaining a household alone. Afghan women are socially ostracised and has to go through many deprivation to fulfil their daily needs. In India, the status of women are precarious and low-ranked.
Depending on the situation, betrayal over all is when a person has two personalities / two face. *Betrayal is when one person disrespects and acts different toward another person which resolves into complications within their friendship. *Another act of betrayal is when a person unfriends another person but that other person is not fully aware so they think they have a wonderful friendship but in reality that person never was their friend. According to Dictionary. com, betrayal is defined as to deliver or expose to an enemy by disloyalty.
In the book, Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini the author used literary devices to develop a theme that emphasizes a topic of importance to modern society. Throughout Kite Runner, Hosseini exhibits themes of social class and relationships between the character of this book. Hosseini displays these themes by developing the characters of Amir and Hassan as practically brothers yet the morals of the two are completely different from each other. Hence, why this theme reflects the insight of everyday relationships between modern day people in society.