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The Kite Runner Cultural Analysis

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In the distance, an ambulance wails as curious heads turn toward the damage. One thing is clear: there has been a potentially fatal car accident. Small cars never have a chance, and the driver was flung from her seat quite a distance. Pedestrians cannot help but stare. Half of her face has been scratched by a stray shard of window. What a pity, passersby think. She will have to live with that scar for the rest of her life. Maybe we should first think to ask if she needs help.
The problem with our culture is the focus on appearance. A cleft lip or a unibrow may attract some unwanted eyes. Maybe it has the opposite effect, and a birthmark across the forehead results in an ostracized childhood as well as a scarred heart. It is no great wonder
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Whether a man is watched more closely in a store because he is black, or students copy off of the test of a Chinese transfer student, people are bound to act based on what they see. This limits the potential for those being victimized. People of different skin colors and facial features, in particular, have less freedom to be themselves in a public setting. At that time, they must decide whether or not they will accept living a shackled life. Parallels to this idea are shown in Khaled Hosseini’s the Kite Runner. Although Afghans Hassan and Amir are raised together, experiencing the same sights and sounds, their social situations are incredibly influential in molding the direction of their lives. Even more important is how the two respond to their ethnic…show more content…
Naturally, Baba initially shows the appropriate amount of love to Amir but nothing more. Gentle and introverted, Amir prefers not to roughhouse with the other kids, leading the burly Baba to often wonder how he and Amir could be related. Amir, feeling as though he is superior, envies any affection Hassan receives from Baba. Once Amir wins the kite tournament, however, Baba proudly proclaims the victory to everyone. Finally, Amir has the love he so longs for.
Even though most Hazaras are treated as less than equals, Baba constantly shows his affection for both Hassan and Ali. For instance, he buys them birthday gifts, provides well for them, and laughs with them. He actually goes so far as to get Hassan an expensive present: plastic surgery for his cleft lip. Since Hassan is a Hazara, Baba does not verbally acknowledge that he is his son, but he treats him as though he is.
On the outside, it seems as though the two boys had the same childhood. Both boys grew up in the kite fighting days of Kabul with the smell of lamb kabob in the streets. Both are fond of making trouble by running through the streets and bothering the merchants. Both receive love from Baba despite their differing ethnicities. However, more factors than just setting affect a kid’s
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