The Kite Runner, Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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Privilege is a large topic of conversation in today’s society. It appears in many ways through race, gender, sexuality, religion, income; even where you live can impact the privileges you have over other people. In the following three books that we read this year in English 10; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez, privilege plays a large part in the development from childhood to adulthood. But how specifically has privilege shaped the character’s single stories of the surrounding world, and how have they overcome them? When the inherent ideologies that come with privilege are encouraged, or not actively combated by parents, they can easily cause young children to become ignorant of the lives of people around them. The parents in all three of the books choose the more passive root, therefore causing their children to believe they are superior, in the case of Amir from The Kite Runner; naive, in the case of Kambili from Purple Hibiscus; or a combination of the two, in the case of the four daughters from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. But with time and new experience, the characters in these various novels are able to move past their single stories by exposing themselves to a different culture or another side of their own. In the Kite Runner, Amir struggles growing up with a distant father. He feels deprived of love and affection, which in turn leads him to…
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