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Religion in The Kite Runner

How religious discrimination plays a significant role in the novel.
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Laura Blackman

on 15 April 2013

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Transcript of Religion in The Kite Runner

Influence of Religion in The Kite Runner Laura Blackman Two main types of religions in the novel Pashtun "Bad Muslim" Hazara "Bad Muslim" Hazara Muslim:
branch off into Pashtun and Hazara Kabul, Afghanistan "Good Muslim" Amir & Baba
fair features:
Assef - Blonde hair blue eyes
superior religion
command the most power
largest group Genghis Khan
chinese features
inferior
20% of population
3rd largest ethnicity Hassan & Ali
Baba and Amir's servants Hassan and Amir's unusual relationship job / social class
Baba's favoritism of Hassan over Amir
failure to protect Hassan Planting the Watch underneath the bed
a Hazara cannot go against a Pashtun's word
Amir is baffled by Baba's choice to forgive The Incident Assef raped Hassan to show dominance
dehumanize
remind Hassan who is superior “I’m letting you keep the kite, Hazara. I’ll let you keep it so it will always remind you of what I am about to do” -Assef “face like a Chinese doll chiseled from hardwood: his flat, broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves” Friendship religion entails standard living -Amir “glad that this would be all over soon. Baba would dismiss them, there would be some pain, but life would move on”
-Amir “Life here is impossible for us now, Agha sahib. We’re leaving”
-Ali Taliban Takeover Assef- representative of the violence Hunger for violence toward Hazara = Taliban toward Afghanistan -pleasurable Taliban massacre of 2500-3000 Hazaras in 1998 (Mazar-I-Sharif) Hassan the halfblood Amir is baffled by the fact that Hassan is his half brother
Pashtun and Hazara blood
building a bridge between the two religions “Hassan and his wife (were) have been shot in the middle of the road for being Hazara and occupying a house, Amir’s childhood house, without supervision” The racial discrimination and dichotomy between the Pashtun and the Hazaras is what fuels hate and causes retaliation among the characters of this book; it is also what brings them together. Works Cited Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003. Print.
Jefferess, David. "To Be Good (again): The Kite Runner as Allegory of Global Ethics." Galileo. Routleddge, Dec. 2009. Web. <http://ehis.ebscohost.com/eds/detail?sid=2edce244-dd54-45aa-9149-a280d96bb78a%40sessionmgr104&vid=1&hid=109&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=lfh&AN=49233448>. Standing up to Assef Amir saves Sohrab
represents rebellion, Hazara standing up to Taliban Pashtun
Amir finally redeemed himself
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