Discrimination Committed by Majority Group to Minority Group in the Afghan society

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In the society of Afghanistan, the majority groups committed discriminations to the minority groups for various reasons, which was one significant theme that both novels shared in common for the reason that it played significant roles in both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Khaled Hosseini, the author of both novels, highlighted mainly on ethnic, sexual, and social discriminations that the majority groups committed to the minority groups while blending them into the similarities of these two characters: Hassan from The Kite Runner and Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of births, sexualities, and educations. In both of his works, Hosseini realistically depicted unknown side of the Afghan society by revealing and exposing facts along with his successful characterizations of Hassan and Mariam by using personal life experience, real events, and real characters. On the following, areas compared are births, sexualities, and educations that both characters had experienced respectively in both novels. In The Kite Runner, Hassan was oppressed by society due to his ethnicity as a Hazara; however, he was technically half Pashtun and half Hazara because he was a child of Amir’s father (Pashtun) and Sanaubar (Hazara). Nevertheless, despite Hassan also being a son of Amir’s father, differed from Amir, he worked as a lower-class servant. Not to mention, he also was not treated fairly in many different ways, for example, education. For the reason of Hassan’s ethnicity, Assef, a bully, insulted and intimidated Hassan on his physical appearance. Hosseini had Assef said, “Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nosed here. His people ... ... middle of paper ... ...Splendid Suns. Doha: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, 2013. Print. Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner: Tenth Anniversary Edition. S.l.: Bloomsbury PLC, 2013. Print. Khaled Hosseini on Using Real People and Events. Perf. Khaled Hosseini. Khaled Hosseini. The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, 19 Aug. 2008. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. "Refworld | World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Afghanistan : Hazaras." Refworld. Minority Rights Group International, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Stone, Mary Ann. "Hazara in Afghanistan." People Group. Joshua Project, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. "World Directory of Minorities." Minority Rights Group International : Afghanistan : Hazaras. Minority Rights Group International : Afghanistan : Hazaras, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Zabriskie, Phil. "Hazaras: Afghanistan's Outsiders." The Outsiders. National Geographic, Feb. 2008. Web. 16 Apr. 2014.

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