Kite Runner Analysis

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Khaled Hosseini, born on the fourth of March in 1965 was brought up in the capital city of Afghanistan; the city of Kabul. His father worked as a diplomat in Kabul and his mother as a teacher. In 1980 the family migrated to the USA due to the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan. Hosseini has a passion for writing and hobby for playing racquetball as well as soccer. He married a Roya and has a son Haris and a daughter Farah. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Arts degree (BA) and Masters Degree (MD) from University of San Diego. Currently he is the founder and president of Khaled Hosseini Foundation. Hosseini has written three novels which include “Kite Runner,” “And the Mountains Echoed” & “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” The novel Kite Runner is narrated Amir the protagonist. The novel starts out by telling us about how his childhood and the mistakes he had made along with the rising social, political, economical, ethical and religious tensions of the country. Later on in the novel he receives a call from an old friend who tells him “There is a way to be good again.” From there on, Amir decides to set things right and stands up against the man who raped his friend also his half brother which we learn further on in the novel. There are various events that occur in this novel that are briefly described, but these events play a significant role in the political, social, ethical, religious and economical tension of Afghanistan.
Kite Runner touches upon the subject of the Soviet Union attack on Afghanistan very briefly in the novel. The Soviet Union mediated between the Communist government and the Muslim guerrillas (Mujahidin i.e. the anticommunist) of Afghanistan favoring the communist in the ...

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...ealize. The war and terrorism that Afghanistan has been facing for over two decades has taken many lives and ruined the lives of many. On the other hand critic Janell Sims tells us in his review on Fringe Magazine, “The story is unrealistic. The plot is contrived. Hassan’s character is uncomfortably close to perfect. So why am I promoting this novel as one of this quarter-century’s best?” Further He tells us that it is due to “The Inherent flaws work to the novels advantage as an allegory: to paint a more vivid picture of forgiveness than what can be accomplished when hurdling real-life obstacles.” What the critic basically tries to get across to the reader is that due to the fictional information in this novel, it allows the reader to have a enlarged image of what really is going on in Afghanistan in terms of social, political, ethical and religious issues.

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