Examples Of Corruption In The Kite Runner

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The Corruption of Power
Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner reveals the effects of ethnic and religious division present throughout Afghanistan. The Afghan society places Hazaras as lower than the Pashtuns; the Hazaras were of Mongol descent and were mocked for their asian resemblances. Pashtuns have gone to the extent of excluding Hazaras out of their history textbooks, proving Afghanistan belongs to them. Pashtuns have a majority of the wealth and power in Afghanistan; they want to remain in supremacy so that they maintain ruling over the Hazara people. Majority of Pashtuns see the Hazaras as unworthy or undeserving of living in Afghanistan. In addition to the statement made previously we can further argue that Hazaras are seen as intruders,
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Throughout the novel you can see the corruption of power via characters and their cultures. The Hazaras being a minority group, practicing the Shi’a Muslim religion, they were treated unequally. The affluent Pashtuns have discriminated the Hazaras for decades and considered them as servants. The separation of ethnic groups in Afghanistan, led to the Pashtuns utilizing their power to abolish the Hazaras out of their history. The two groups have a ongoing ethnic conflict that is inscribed into a child at a young age "I found one of my mother's old history books. . . An entire chapter dedicated to Hassan's people! In it, I read that my people, the Pashtuns, had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras. It said the Hazaras had tried to rise against the Pashtuns in the nineteenth century, but the Pashtuns had "quelled them with unspeakable violence." The book said my people had killed the Hazaras, driven them from their lands, burned their homes, and sold their women."(Hosseini 9) It is not socially acceptable for Pashtuns and Hazaras to be acquainted. Both groups do not believe the other is a “true” Muslim and express this through violent outbursts. Nevertheless, there are exceptions to these social norms. Baba, Amir's father was a Pashtun and wealthy but throughout the novel has not followed the religious expectations of a Sunni Muslim such as despising…show more content…
In spite of the fact that Hassan and Amir had been raised as brothers, Amir had never appreciated Hassan. Amir grew up envious of Hassan despite of having so much more than he did. Despite the two boys always being together and playing with one another, Amir never stood up for Hassan when the neighborhood kids had picked on him, he “ I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That’s what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan. That’s what I made myself believe. I actually aspired to be a cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.” (77) Hassan has always taken the blame for Amir, and Amir could not stand up for him. Amir had been attentive of Hasans disadvantages but instead of aiding him, Amir had decided to tease Hassan for them. Such as Hassan not being able to read or not knowing the definition of a

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