Cultural Differences In The Kite Runner

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Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born American author who is commonly known for his exceptional novels that have been applauded by many people around the world. One of his bestselling novels " The Kite Runner" is a piece of literature that illustrates the similarities as well as the differences between two countries and two immensely different cultures. Throughout the novel " The Kite Runner", various characters have made decisions that have affected both their own lives, as well as the lives of those around them. In chapter 7 during a kite-fighting tournament Amir the narrator as well as the protagonist is in the quest to find Hassan a Hazara who is the son of Ali, Amir's father's servant who vanishes in the search to collect the defeated kite. Amir takes his own kite back to his house and realizes Hassan is…show more content…
The reason Hassan is being raped is because Assef wants to show his cultural dominance and to indeed embarrass him. Also, Hassan already had humiliated and angered Assef earlier by threatening to take his out with his slingshot. Assef was determined to get Amir and Hassan back for that. While Hassan is being sexually abused Amir does not react. It is difficult to understand exactly why Amir does not help Hassan. It may be that he wants Baba's love all for himself or because Amir is simply a coward. Whatever may be the reason the decision of Amir not to defend or stop Hassan from being raped is absolutely wrong in many ways. Firstly, in chapter five, the arrogant bully Assef, stops Hassan and Amir. He begins to talk about how the world would be a better place if Hazaras never existed and without people who treat Hazaras as equals. He slips on his brass knuckles and charged against Amir. " Hassan held the sling-shot pointed directly at Assef's face"(Hosseini 45). This important because if Hassan had not stepped in to help, Amir would have been seriously assaulted by

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