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Religion in The Kite Runner

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Joquin Scokin

on 2 December 2013

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Religion in The Kite Runner
1. Religious traditions impede Amir from establishing a simetric relationship with Hassan.
Asimetric relationship leads to rape:
Amir "sacrifises" Hassan in order to satisfy Baba. (Take the blue kite home).
Religious symbolism present: Hassan is compared with a lamb.
3. Taliban regime: Hassan killed has to bring sohrab bac to bring Sohrab back.
Taliban regime (sunni) does not tollerate Hazaras (shia) who are not inferior. (religious confrontation)
What role does religion play in the live of Amir throughout Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner?
By: Joaquín Scokin
"Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing..."
Father business man:
Not muslim.
Own moral code.
Childhood: secular muslim
Late adulthood: Observant muslim.
Two main branches:

Amir & Baba.
"Superior Race".
Command the most power.
Currently: 40% of Afghanistan
(28M people).

Ali & Hassan.
"Inferior race".
Less political power.
Currently: 9% of Afghanistan.

School text books barely mentioned them [Hazaras] ..When I found one of my mother's old history books…I blew the dust off it, and was stunned to find... an entire chapter dedicated to Hassan's people! In it, I read that the Pashtuns, had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras. The Hazaras had tried to rise against the Pashtuns in the nineteenth century, but the Pashtuns had "quelled them with unspeakable violence." My people had killed the Hazaras, driven them from their lands, burned their homes, and sold their women. Part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi'a. The book said... that people called Hazaras mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys. I had heard some of the kids in the neighborhood yell those names to Hassan.
The Kite Runner Chapter 2, Page 9
Social inequality.
Religious tensions
2. The Rape in the alley
Sunnis and Shias are not equal.
Afghan society: extreamly traditional and conservative.
Does not accept this bonds.
"The curious thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either. Not in the usual sense, anyhow. Never mind that we taught each other to ride a bicycle with no hands, or to build a fully functional homemade camera out of a cardboard box...Never mind any of those things. Because history isn't easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi'a, and nothing was ever going to change that."
The Kite Runner Chapter 4, page 25
The Kite Runner Chapter 7 Page 76
"Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan's hips...undid his own belt buckle...dropped his underwear...Hassan didn't struggle. Didn't whimper. He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face...It was a look I had seen before. It was the look of the lamb."
Chapter interrupted by italisized flashback:
Baba, Ali, and their sons gathered in the yard to sacrifice a lamb. Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha
Hassan becomes the lamb and Amir holds the knife.
The Kite Runner Chapter
17 Page 218
Soon after I took my leave, a rumor spread that a Hazara (shia) family was living in the big house in Wazi Akbar Khan... They accused him of lying when Hassan told them he was living with me... The Talibs said he was a liar and a thief like all Hazzaras (Shias) and ordered him to get his family out of the house by sundown. Hassan protested...They told him they would be moving in to supposedly keep it safe until I return. Hassan protested again. So they took him to the street, ordered him to kneel, and shot him in the back of the head. Farzana came screaming and attacked them, shot her too"
Hassan and Farzana killed because of religious tensions: Sohrab orphan
Amir: on a journey.
Amir is not devoted to religion, nevertheless, this one plays a significant role his life:
Prevents simetric relationship with Hassan.
Indirectly contributes to the rape scene.
Triggers Amir's journey back to Afghanistan.
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