The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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In the novel, “The Kite Runner”, written by Khaled Hosseini, was taken place in Afghanistan during the 1970’s to the year of 2002. Many historical events happened during this time period and Hosseini portrayed it into his novel. Kabul, the capitol of Afghanistan, was a free, living area for many Afghanistan families to enjoy the life they were given. Until one day, Afghanistan was then taken over and attacked. In the novel, Amir, the protagonist, must redeem himself and the history behind his actions because of his past decisions and make himself good again for the Afghanistan people. Khaled Hosseini was born on March 4th, 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the oldest of five children. According to the article, “Khaled Hosseini”,…show more content…
Amir is Pashtun and Hassan is Hazara. According to the article, “The Kite Runner: The Afghan Tragedy Goes Unexplained”, Pashtuns are Sunni Muslims while Hazaras are Shi’a Muslims. The Hazara have different appearances than Pashtun. “They called him “flat-nosed” because of Ali and Hassan’s characteristics Hazara Mongolid features” (Hosseini 8). The Hazara were Mogul descendants and their eyes were slightly slanted. This conflict happened in society when Abdur Rahman Khan became the king of Afghanistan. Khan did not like the Hazara people. He had a negative approach with them and gave them all a tough time living in Afghanistan. If Baba never let Ali and Hassan live with them on their property, then Ali and Hassan would be living in the Kazarasjat Mountains. A place that no one wants to be living. Baba and Ali are half-brothers. They kept that a secret from everyone for a long period of time. Since Hassan and Amir were best friends, when they would go out to fly their kites or just go out to play and read on rocks, the Pashtuns kids would look at Amir and wonder why he was friends with a Hazara boy. In the novel, a Pashtun boy and his friends ask Amir why he is friends with a Hazara boy. If Hassan never lived with Amir, they would have never been friends. Amir does not find out until later on in the story that him and Hassan are actually related. He finds out when he gets the phone call to come back to Afghanistan.

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