Different Aspects of Afghan Culture in the Kite Runner Essay

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How does Hosseini portray different aspects of Afghan Culture in chapters 1-6?

Hosseini uses a variety of literary devices, syntax features and different feelings and attitudes to portray different aspects of afghan culture. Different characters seem to have different views towards cultures, such as Assef and the Hazara’s and Baba’s views of Muslim tradition and the Mullah Fatiullah Khan, with Hosseini using literary devices such as Foreshadowing to portray these views. Amir believes in a lot of Afghans culture and the religious traditions he gets taught, however Hosseini also shows he doesn’t believe in some traditions, such as the Buzkashi tournament. The theme of social statuses is very clear throughout the chapters, and includes
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Amir describes “Intricate mosaic tiles, handpicked by Baba in Isfahan, covered the floors of the four bathrooms.” The description consists of a lexical field of wealth and fortune, emphasising the social status of Amir and the grand objects he can own, compared to Hassan, shown in “in the shadows of a loquat tree, was the servants’ home, a modest little hut where Hassan lived with his father”. Hosseini’s use of the metaphor “modest” further portrays the lifestyle of Hassan and the hut being “in the shadows” expands and highlights on the social status of Hassan, which is much less than Amir. Furthermore, the social class of Amir could additionally be portrayed when Hassan receives a “birthday present” from Baba, which is an operation. Amir states “There was no gift wrapped box in sight. No bag. No toy.” The minor sentences and repetition emphasise Amir’s expectations, which could relate to his social class, as if he actually expects there should be some sort of wrapped gift, and also shows how well off he is compared to Hassan, as he must receive these sort of gifts from Baba.
An aspect that highlights the low statuses of women in Afghan culture, is portrayed in the soldiers rude description of Sanaubar, Hassan’s mother. The solider speaks with

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