Zachary Koons Locklear Advanced English II 30 September 2015 Shi’a Vs. Sunni Culture Imagine yourself in a world where the place you grew up in, was turned to dust, rubble, and heaps of it’s former self. Imagine yourself in that world for a second. The Kite Runner is a novel about two friends, inseparable by friendship and blood but divided by religion class. In the novel, “The Kite Runner” there is a young man named Amir, a Sunni Muslim, and Hassan, his servant and friend, a Shi’a Muslim. The two shouldn’t be friends by the standards, but all they know is friendship. Everything says that Shiite’s and Sunnis shouldn’t be friends. But the two boys find happiness in their relationship. This is all about the two divisions and how they are the same and how they’re different. The Sunni consider themselves the more orthodox and traditional group of the two divisions. The word Sunni comes from "Ahl al-Sunna", the people of the tradition. The tradition in this case refers to practices based on precedent or reports of the actions of the Prophet Muhammad and those close to him (BBC News). The Sunni division makes up roughly 80% of the Muslim population. The Sunni maintain that the Muslim community was to select the Prophet 's successor (caliph) to lead (Patheos.com). Sunni life is guided by four schools of legal thought—Hanafi, Maliki, Shafii, and Hanbali—each of which strives to develop practical applications of revelation and the Prophet 's example (BBC News). The Sunni have
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Hosseini gives many examples of how political power such as the Taliban can bring out the evil in people but he also demonstrates how there is oppressive male power in relationships that also brings out the same human nature. He uses overbearing masculine characters in the The Kite Runner and gender roles to express how men were given the right to act in such horrific ways towards women. In Afghanistan there are many restrictions against women. Men have control over their wives and girlfriends. They have the dominant power and since it has been this way for so long it has become a social norm. Eastern culture is obviously different than Western culture when talking about gender roles but, Afghanistan men’s social power over them is immoral
When Khaled Hosseini wrote The Kite Runner, he made several important choices involving narration. He chose to write the story in first person from a limited point of view. This is a very fitting decision because, writing in the first person adds a sense of intimacy that is crucial to this story; writing from a limited perspective allows the reader to make their own conclusions about what the characters are thinking. The way Hosseini writes The Kite Runner makes it very intimate, and feels like a person telling their life story. If The Kite Runner had been written in third person, or omnisciently, the story would not have impacted readers as much, and would have been too cold and impersonal to create emotional connections with the reader.
The Kite Runner is the first novel of Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, whose closest friend is Hassan, a young Hazara servant. Novel turns around these two characters and Baba, Amir’s father, by telling their tragic stories, guilt and redemption that are woven throughout the novel. Even in the difficult moments, characters build up to their guilt and later on to their redemption. Their sins and faults alter the lives of innocent people. First, Amir and Baba fail to take action on the path to justice for Ali and Hassan. Moreover, Amir and Baba continue to build up their guilt due to their decisions and actions. Although Amir builds up more guilt than Baba throughout the novel, he eventually succeeds in the road to redemption unlike his father. After all, Amir and Baba have many chances to fix their atonements but Baba chooses not to and Amir does. Baba uses his wealth to cover up his sins but never atone himself while Amir decides to stand up and save Sohrab and finally finds peace. Amir and Baba’s reaction to sins essentially indicate their peace of mind and how they react to guilt and injustice.
One major theme that is evident in The Kite Runner is that scars are reminders of life’s pain and regret, and, though you can ease the regret and the scars will fade, neither will completely go away. We all have regrets and always will, but though it will be a long hard process we can lessen them through redemption. The majority of The Kite Runner is about the narrator and protagonist, Amir. Almost all of the characters in The Kite Runner have scars, whether they are physical or emotional. Baba has scars all down his back from fighting a bear, but he also has emotional scars from not being able to admit that Hassan was also his son. Hassan is born with a cleft lip, but for his birthday Baba pays for it to be fixed, which left a small scar above his mouth. Hassan also has emotional scars from being raped. The reader is probably shown the emotional scars of Amir the most. Amir has emotional scars because he feels that he killed his mother, and also because his father emotionally neglects him. In the end of the novel, Amir receives many physical scars from getting beaten up by Assef, when rescuing Sohrab. Though scars will never go away and are a reminder of the past, not all scars are bad.
Chapter 1: Jordan (a 12 year old boy), Tachelle (Jordan’s younger sister), and their Mom are moving to a white, upper class area. If he moves he will get himself in trouble from Cobra gang leader, King. Jordan joined the Cobras, so he could pay for airfare to live with his father, since his mother won’t give the money to him. Jordan’s parents are divorced because of Mom and Daddy’s arguments about Daddy’s easy money schemes. Being in the Cobras gives Jordan the respect he deserves, which he doesn’t get from his mother. Every Cobra member must be strapped, so the Jordan is going to buy a gun because King had directed him too and by doing whatever King wants him to do will earn him the money he needs sooner.
Fatherhood in this novel is seen by different shade of colour, not knowing what the true shade really is. There are many turning points which show various stages in being a true father. Therefore, being a father is very difficult, having to overcome obstacles and being strong for each other. A well-known saying “like father, like son” is evident in this novel by the different ties of relationship each character had. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini proves that there is need of a fatherly figure when growing up. Having a father-son bond helps the child differentiate right from wrong. The relationship which demonstrates the need of a father figure is depicted by Baba and Amir, Hassan and Sohrab as well as Amir and Sohrab.
I feel that Chapters 9-14 are windows into The Kite Runner. As I read pages 129-131, I found out that there are similarities between Baba when he and Amir enter America to other immigrants entering America. First Baba getting into a horrendous incident with his new neighbors is similar to how other immigrants have a tendency to get into activities that are against the law. Second, Baba not taking food stamps because of not wanting to be seen using “charitable money” is the same as how those from other countries who bring with them a ruler-like pride. With these, The Kite Runner is surely a window and I understand more about what immigrants go through in new continents by seeing the trouble and struggle that Baba goes
In the book The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini uses both simple and complex sentences, along with intriguing dialogue, to create a thought-provoking story. “My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed” (Hosseini 289). A very simple, yet meaningful sentence, that displays an underlying irony. From the moment Amir witnesses Hassan’s rape, he is riddled with a guilt-he cannot escape. Finally, when he is brutally beaten by Assef, Amir starts to feel a sense of healing. This punishment is something he was somewhat looking forward to, because he felt that he deserved it.
Social conditions are what shape a country. Over the years, people, not only in Afghanistan, but around the world create norms that define people’s roles in life, their future, and how they should be treated based on their gender and beliefs. Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, comments on the social conditions of Afghanistan through telling a story about the lives of two Muslim boys; a privileged Sunni Pashtun, Amir, and his long-time friend and servant, Hassan, a loyal but disadvantaged Shia Hazara. Hosseini expresses Amir’s uncertain feelings toward Hassan which form the decisions he makes throughout the book. These choices result in Amir destroying his relationship with Hassan. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a commentary on the social conditions in Afghanistan as shown through the roles of women and men in society and the ideals of Afghan culture. Unfortunately, these problems are still active in most of Afghanistan.
“There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2). These were Rahim Khan’s final words to Amir in Khaled Hosseini’s historical fiction novel The Kite Runner that set in motion Amir’s endeavor to rectify his scarred past. Hosseini and Amir share similarities that are brought to life in this novel, as the story takes place in Afghanistan and migrates to America due to the Soviet war. Both were also raised in high-class families and possessed close companions as servants. The two saw the harsh punishment towards the people of Afghanistan through a series of wars, invasions, and active power of the Taliban. A mentally traumatized man until Khan’s call, Amir has repressed memories from his past in order to live his life. Hosseini creates a story of redemption which transcends cultures and time in The Kite Runner. Hosseini uses the dynamics of multiple literary devices in order to express Amir’s endeavors to atone for the sins of his past.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, a story of a boy as he unravels his journey throughout his life. The novel consists of multiple themes such as love, friendship, betrayal, guilt, , secrets, loyalty, and redemption. As the main character, Amir recalls his past events, all of these themes start to unravel specific events that occurred in his life. “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2) is where the novel unfolds the deep dark life of Amir’s regret and guilt, Baba’s secret, and Hassan’s devotion. The book is a true masterpiece which keeps the readers glued to the story as it unfolds. One of the reasons, the story attracts many readers is due to The United States recent conflict with Afghanistan. However, the story has a personal
On a day to day basis, an individual is faced with an obstacle they must overcome, ultimately defining their morals and values. In the literature perspective, the novel The Kite Runner delivers multiple thematic ideas that portray the struggles of characters in their ordinary lives. Khaled Hosseini, author and physician, released his debut novel The Kite Runner in the year of 2003. This novel is written in the first person narration of Amir, a Pashtun boy that lives with his father whom he addresses as “Baba” in a large estate in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hassan and his father, Ali, are servants that works for Amir’s father
The Kite Runner is a something that causes arguments between people story novel written by Khaled Horseeini - an author of the Afghan-American history. The story revolves around the life of Amir is set throughout such events like the fall of the (rule by a king or queen) in Afghanistan, the military action that helps a bad situation .This story is known for its family-related settings and clearly expressed father-son relationships, as well as for raising the themes of guilt, redemption and apologize. The story itself enables the reader to get a thorough understanding of the daily life of the Afghani people and into their culture. Even though it is not the main theme of the novel, religion is always there, and its influence on the lives of the characters is colorful. Author approached the topic of religion from two sides - from the point of view of religious characters and from the point of view of those, who have their own understanding of religion, and, as a result, he was able to show/represent the process of Amir's finding his own religion among these two sides.