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The Kite Runner- Post-Colonial Theory
The Taliban reconstructs the Afghanistan culture as they do not accept their ethnic customs
The Taliban destroys many of the typical Afghan traditions

Furthermore, the Taliban imposes fear throughout the Afghanistan culture.

With the Taliban roaming about, enforcing their beliefs and such, the people in Afghanistan have no choice but to obey. If you're friend is getting nearly beat to death, you have no choice but to accept the fact that he/she is getting beat to death. If you were to help him/her, you would be making it worse for you and your friend.
The Taliban enforce their beliefs through fear and violence
Afghanistan used to be full of peace and laughter, now with the Taliban, people in Afghanistan can only remember those days through the memories of the past. People can no longer enjoy the days where they would meet up with friends or family and eat lamb kabobs or kite fight.
The streets have become so difficult to drive on that getting from one place to another it would take two times longer than it would.
Not only is it difficult to see children begging on the streets for money to barely make it through life, now we learn that families suffer to even get the bare minim to live happily.
The Taliban's ruined the lifestyle of the Afghans by their harsh actions.
The Taliban transform even the most beautiful parts of Afghanistan into a war zone.
"But you won't find kites or kite shops on Jadeh Maywand or anywhere else in Kabul. Those days are over" (246).
At the beginning of the novel, the audience notices that kite fighting is an important aspect in the Afghanistan culture.
However, we learn that the Taliban has banned kite fighting when Amir revisits his home town.
Kite fighting brought a sense of freedom to the Afghani people, as seen at the end of the novel.
"Don't ever stare at them! Do you understand me? Never!" (248).
Before the Taliban take over the Afghanistan culture, everyone is united and excepts one another, which exceptions of the Pashtuns and Hazaras
Now, the Afghan citizens are forced to live in fear
The Taliban especially put fear into the children, as they rape and sexually abuse them, ruining their entire childhood
Therefore, the Taliban destruct the Afghanistan culture as it does not reflect their idea of an 'ideal' society
The Taliban's control and effects on Afghanistan has
negatively impacted the characters in the novel
Not only has the Taliban ruined a part of Amir's childhood, they have taken away Sohrab's and had mistreated him in a way that will haunt him for the rest of his life
Amir spent his childhood in Afghanistan yet
when he returns to his country under the Taliban's control
many years later he feels as though his childhood has been lost
" I feel like a tourist in my own country"
Chapter 19 page 231
"Those men- they did things...the bad man and the other two...they did things...did things to me." Chapter 24 page 324
The children of Afghanistan used to be free, but now that the Taliban's are in control, they have lost their childhood.
We remember the streets of Afghanistan filled with happiness, the children running with their kites and having freedom.
Now that the Taliban have colonized the Afghanistan society, the children have lost their childhood. They are forced to beg on the streets for bills and coins.
Afghanistan is no longer a cheerful place with children playing around the land. The children that were born under the Taliban's control had to live the new life style of begging for money on the streets to survive.
Now, the new basic lifestyle for the children is to spend all of their time trying to survive by begging for money instead of enjoying the childhood.
we knew that when Amir was a little boy he had plenty of food. There was no way he would ever starve.
Now the children of Afghanistan are suffering now that the Taliban colonized and imposed the beliefs of their lifestyle.
The children of ( ) were staring at Amir's food, Amir thought they were staring at his watch.
The family didn't have enough food to feed their own family, plus their guest, the children of the household were hungry.
The families of Afghanistan were suffering and the mother was almost in tears.
In conclusion, the Taliban had completely taken over people and their lifestyle, and now people were suffering greatly.
Baba’s house used to look like a palace; this is what attracted the Taliban. They took possession over the house and completely turned it into something unrecognizable.
“The house itself was far from the sprawling white mansion I remembered from my childhood. It looked smaller. The roof sagged and the plaster was cracked.The windows to the living room, the foyer, and the upstairs guest bathroom were broken..” (Chapter 21, Page 262).
 Amir returns and sees how different his house is because of the Taliban.
 Baba’s house is symbolic because it represents how all of Afghanistan’s landscape has been transformed form a beautiful home to a place with sagged roofs and windows broken.
 Amir spent all this childhood in that home and it seems like a foreign place to him now

- While in America, Amir remembers Afghanistan as a comforting home however he doesn't realize until he arrives that it is very different
- He is surrounded by poverty, broken down homes, young beggars on the streets
- He has lost the feeling he once had of being at home
- The Taliban has ruined Amir's memories of childhood
- This quote proves how deeply he has been affected, barely able to say the words aloud
- Made him feel like he was full of sin
- Family was killed by the Taliban, he was given no other choice but to live in the orphanage and get sold
-The Taliban mentally and physically abused him, ultimately resulting in his loss of childhood
- Forced to mature, and fight for himself..his maturity gave him the strength to save Amir
" Now, though, they squatted at every street corner, dressed in shredded burlap rags, mud-caked hands held out for coin. And the beggars were mostly children now, then and grim-faced, some no older than five or six." (245)
" "--- Nothing left for the children."
"We're hungry but we're not savages! He is a guest! What was i supposed to do?" he said in a strained voice.
"--to find something tomorrow." She sounded near tears.
"What do I feed--"
I tiptoed away. I understood now why the boys hadn't shown any interest in the watch. They hadn't been staring at the watch at all. They'd been staring at my food. " (241)
Work Cited
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books, 2003. 241-320. Print

Keane, David, prod. Inside The Taliban . National Geographic Channel. Web. 2013. <
" 'Remember what this street smelled like in the old days?'
Farid smiled. 'Kabob.'
'Lamb kabob,' I said
'Lamb,' Farid said, tasting the word in his mouth. 'The only people who get to eat lamb now are the Taliban.'"

"A young Talib ran over and hit her on the thighs with his
wooden stick. He struck her so hard she fell down. He was
screaming at her and cursing and saying the Ministry of Vice and
Virtue does not allow women to speak loudly. She had a large
purple bruise on her leg for days but what could I do except
stand and watch my wife get beaten? If I fought, that dog would
have surely put a bullet in me, and gladly! Then what would happen
to my Sohrab? The streets are full enough already of hungry orphans
and every day I thank Allah that I am alive, not because I fear death,
but because my wife has a husband and my son is not an orphan."
chapter 20, page 216
The orphanage director, Zaman, is one of the victims
shown to the reader. He had no choice but to allow the
Taliban Official to take a child from an orphanage for
little money he had to give, otherwise, the Talib would
take ten instead.
"You're selling children!" Farid barked.
chapter 20, page 256
chapter 20, page 246
“In the old days, the drive from Jalalabad to Kabul took two hours, maybe a little more. It took Farid and me over four hours to reach Kabul” (Chapter 20, Page 244).
 A lot of the streets in Afghanistan are so broken down it’s hard to get from one place to another.
 They caused so much destruction because of all fighting everywhere they caused the roads to break apart.
 This quote shows how much the Taliban have affected the landscape of Afghanistan because before it would take a reasonable amount of time to get from one place to another now it takes much longer.
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