Culture in The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a powerful story about a cruel yet redeeming love that two brothers have for one another. Throughout the book the two brothers grow together but also do not realize what they have when they are together. When separate they both face many challenges alone and both miss each other very dearly. One of the brothers (Amir) has a heavy conscious after watching his brother (Hassan) get raped. This horrible event happened because Hassan was different and didn’t fit the standard that was set by some people in Afghanistan. The Kite Runner shows that Hassan and his people are alienated in Afghanistan by showing how others don’t respect him because he’s a Hazara, and by showing that he has to be hidden because of his social/ethnic status.
Hassan is the best servant and friend that Amir could ask for. Hassan would stand up for Amir when he was getting bullied and would take the blame for things that he wouldn’t even do just so Amir wouldn’t get in trouble. But, Amir didn’t treat him with that kind of respect back. It’s not that Amir didn’t like Hassan; it was that Amir viewed Hassan as a different breed of human. For example, Amir actually asked his father (Baba) if they could get new servants. This shows that Amir didn’t really view Hassan as a friend but more as a worker. Amir’s view of Hassan is much like how other people in Afghanistan view Hazaras. They do not believe that they are real people and believe that they are only on this planet to work. One person’s extreme view is that Hazaras are Jews to Hitler. This person is Assef the neighborhood bully. Assef says “…Hitler, now there’s a good leader. A great leader. A man with a vision”. This shows that Assef clearly supported extermination of minorities, just like Hitler. Assef also states “Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, and always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure...