The Kiterunner: Status In Afghanistan

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In the novel, “The Kiterunner”, the reader follows the life of a boy named Amir and we dive into his life in Afghanistan. In the beginning of the book, we follow Amir and his young life in Afghanistan with his father, Baba. Amir’s father is a very rich businessman and the two of them live alone in a large home because Amir’s mother died in childbirth with him. The only other people who play a major role in the novel are Baba’s friend and business partner, Rahim Khan, Amir’s family servant, Ali, and his son, Amir’s best friend, Hassan. The reader quickly learns that Ali and Hassan are a different type of Afghan called, Hazara. In this time period of Afghanistan Hazara people were treated poorly for their appearance and because most Hazara people have such a low status in society that they can only usually get a job as a house servant. Although Ali and his son Hassan are Hazara, later on the reader learns that Baba’s father took in Ali as his own son and cared for him, which is why Baba looks after him now like a good brother. Hassan and Amir are best friends, or as Amir likes to look at it, Hassan is someone whose there and has his back no matter what, but they’re not friends because back then to be associated with a Hazara was like social suicide. Hassan acts as Amir’s servant, he is illiterate and because of Amir’s advantage to read and write Hassan worships him for that. When a bully comes after the two of them Hassan stands up for Amir and defends him with his slingshot. Amir however never repays Hassan for his kindness and self-sacrifice, in fact, when the town bullies return to get revenge on Hassan they physically assault him and Amir watches while it happens and does nothing. Hassan knows that Amir did nothing and because... ... middle of paper ... ...However, several Uzbeks have become successful businessmen and skilled artisans. Uzbek social structure is patriarchal and leaders having the title beg, arbab or khan enjoy considerable power. The Uzbeks have no hesitation marrying with Uzbek and Tajik, but are averse to nuptial relations with Pashtuns. Works Cited "Afghanistan." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. . "Afghan Woman's Rights Meeting In Holland." Afghan Woman's Rights. Web. 18 Jan. 2012. . Levi, Michelle. "Corruption Is Eating Through Afghan Society, Candidate Says - Political Hotsheet - CBS News." Breaking News Headlines: Business, Entertainment & World News - CBS News. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. .

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