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Taliban In The Kite Runner

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Hosseini’s skillful description of life under the Taliban for the Afghan people is an essential aspect of The Kite Runner. The Taliban was a conservative political and religious faction that gained power in the mid-1990s following the removal of the Communist regime and descent into civil war (Benson). The militant group destroyed non-Islamic art and relics and imposed harsh criminal punishments, including “’Stoning adulterers … Raping children … Flogging women for wearing high heels … Massacring Hazaras … All in the name of Islam?’” (Hosseini 284). The group used these methods in order to reach their goal of creating a pure and exclusive Islamic state (“Taliban”). Hosseini addresses this goal through the antagonist Assef, who claims “Afghanistan
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