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The Kite Runner - Media Piece

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Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner The Kite Runner Movie, 2007. Movie Trailer: Thesis In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner,
Amir and Hassan represent the separation
of social classes, where Amir escapes the
war and corruption while Hassan is killed
from it. Supporting Point 1 The Hazara Muslims are oppressed by the larger population of Pashtun Muslims, contributing to the reason behind Amir's betrayal towards Hassan. Supporting Point 2 Amir avoids rape, abuse and war because he is of a higher social class, while Hassan is a target for violence because he is socially unwanted; ultimately leading to his death. Two best friends are forced apart What did we get out of this trailer? Redemption ● Middle-East Story occurs over a long time span Line of Approach Khaled Hosseini Brief Biography: Born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4, 1965 2001:
Began writing The Kite Runner, published 2003. Kabul, Afghanistan Hassan Amir Pashtun Muslim Hazara Muslim Plot Summary: 1976:
The Afghan Foreign Ministry relocated his family to Paris Khaled Hosseini [hah-lehd] [ho-say-nee] 1980:
Were expected to return to Kabul, but were forced into the U.S. as refugees E N D Presentation By: Melissa Rasie Differences in social and cultural classes is what ultimately leads to Hassan's death, as well as Amir's redemption in saving Sohrab; Hassan's son. Pashtuns Hazaras The largest and most politically powerful ethnic group in Afghanistan (over 50%) Diverse, composed of at least seven tribal groups Make up roughly 9% of Afghanistan Majority follow Sunni Muslim religion (AMIR) (HASSAN) The Hazaras
In the novel are
looked down upon
by the Pashtun, which is the reason for Amir's disloyalty. This disconnect
is what separates Amir from Hassan. In what ways is Hassan being oppressed my Amir? The rape scene in this book represents a turning point. R A P E W A R Amir: Protagonist/Narrator Youth Adulthood Kite Flying War "Returning to Kabul was like running into an old, forgotten friend and seeing that life hadn't been good to him, that he'd become homeless and destitute." (pg 246) -- - Synopsis /
My Thoughts
on this I S U - Melissa Rasie Supporting Point 3 Amir & Baba vs. Hassan & Baba BABA:
"If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son." (pg 24-25) "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."
(pg 24) AMIR:
"First words: Mine was Baba. his was Amir. My name."
(pg 10) Amir 'killed' his mother during birth. Amir feels as if his father is ashamed of him, and tries very hard to earn his love. Because Hassan really is Baba's son, he claims to love them evenly; something Amir never understood because this secret was kept from him. Childhood 1993:
Earned Medical Degree & was a medical practice intern for 8 years Today:
Working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The Pomegranate Tree Where Amir reads to Hassan “We never had any intention to distribute the film in any form in Afghanistan,”
-Megan Colligan,
studio executive The rape of Hassan by Assef is critical because it shows how rape is about power. Assef and his friends find this as the opportunity to hold power over someone who is socially inferior and someone who they perceive to be a threat to their power. "In Afghanistan, rape is not only serious on a criminal side but also a religious side." (secondary source "The Kite Runner Analysis") “That was the first time I saw the Taliban. I’d seen them on TV, on the Internet, on the cover of magazines, and in newspapers. But here I was now, less than fifty feet from them... Here they came. In all their glory.” (247). Where their names have been carved After Amir has witnessed Assef rape Hassan, he begins to avoid him and refuses to play with him. Witnessing the Rape "Gudiparan Bazi" The goal was to cut all the other kites. The winner was referred to as a Sharti,
a title given to the best kite fighters. Baba and Amir flee to America once the Russians completed their takeover of Aghanistan. 1996, The Taliban capture Kabul and take control of the national government. Rahim Khan, Amir's father's good friend,
gives Amir a letter from Hassan. Hassan gets raped in an alley by Assef, the neighbourhood bully. The story is narrated from the year 2002. Amir tells us that an event in the winter of 1975 changed his life forever. Childhood years = Afghanistan
Late Teens/Adulthood = America
Adulthood/Present = Returns to Afghanistan Central Event: Amir witnesses the whole thing and cowardly runs away, telling nobody. Assef . . . . . The disconnect between Amir and Hassan will be proven by analyzing the religious, ethnic, and social differences that are present between both classes. "A man's namus is expressed through his ability to dominate and defend his property."
(secondary source: "ForYou1000TimesOver Blog) The invasion of the Taliban is what forces Amir and Hassan apart forever. Because Hassan and his father are Hazaras, they are a prime target for the Taliban. Amir even tries to convince Baba to get new servants. Look part Chinese or Mongolian Majority follow the Shi'a Muslim Religion Nearly all leaders in Afghanistan's history were Pashtun Were slaves to the Pashtuns It is because of Hassan's unaccepted Religious and Cultural Differences as to why Amir betrays his own bestfriend. Amir has second thoughts about doing nothing He would rather run for his own safety than stand up for his bestfriend Ali, Hassan's dad notices something is wrong with his son. Amir lies to him. "It's just a Hazara," Assef said. The Taliban rule was characterized by a strict form of Islamic law, requiring women to wear head-to-toe veils, banning television, and jailing men whose beards were supposedly too short. Amir's social class is what keeps him from getting abused as a child, while Hassan was born a target for society and remains as one for his whole life. Hassan is shot and killed when trying protect Amir and Baba's old house Amir now understands the living conditions Hassan had to face In summary, Amir and Hassan represent the separation of ethnic groups and social classes in Afghanistan. The death of Hassan triggers Amir to seek for redemption after years of haunting thoughts of betrayal. Amir travels back to Kabul in search for Hassan's son, Sohrab "The Kite Runner shows how rape negatively effects not only the victim, but those around the victim."
(secondary source: "Rape in The Kite Runner" Media) Amir Ali Assef Taking in his half nephew is the least Amir can do for all the pain and mistreatment he has caused Hassan. Amir finally acts instead of running away.
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