Religion tends to be followed by many citizens but may
be interrupted differently amongst many people in societies. The Kite Runner,
written by Khaled Hosseini, illustrates how
individuals may hurt other with their own personal choices and beliefs. The
book portrayed how the characters were divided into two major sects in
Afghanistan, Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The culture classified the nation into two
groups which elucidated the society. When distinguishing between the two major casts,
being a Pashtun meant that their respect and pride is valued and is kept with
them. However, being a Hazara meant the society is lower class who are treated
with hate and are unaccepted by their standard way of living. Although the two
sectors follow the same religion and follow the same beliefs, one’s action may
result in chaos due to their individual opinions and class of society. The Kite
Runner by Khaled Hosseini illustrates justice and injustice often stems from personal
choice, not necessarily from institutions.

 

The Kite Runner illustrates how Baba’s relationship
with Amir is different when compared with Hassan. Amir and Hassan were both
considered to be in diverse groups, the Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The book
depicted how Baba seen more characteristics in Hassan as a successful individual
than his own son, Amir. This is because Baba’s thoughts reflect and alters his beliefs
being expressed in the story when comparing Amir and Hassan.

“Self-Defence has nothing to do with the meanness.
You know what always happens when the neighborhood boys tease him? Hassan steps
in and fends them off. I’ve seen it with my own boys. And when they come home,
I say to him, ‘How did Hassan get that scrape on his face?” And he says, “He
fell down.’ I’m telling you, Rahim, there is something missing in that boy
Amir.
(Chapter 3, page 18)

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I
mean that. He needs someone who…understands him, because God knows I don’t.
But something about Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t express. It’s
like…”I could see him searching, reaching for the right words. He
lowered his voice, but I heard him anyway.” (Chapter 3, page 18)

This quote clearly expresses how the relationship of Baba
is differentiated between Hassan and Amir. Baba sees more potential in Hassan
than his own son Amir because of the desire to approach certain tasks in a
manly-type manner. In the following context, Amir is eavesdropping Baba who is
having a conversation with Rahim Khan. “Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t
express” quotes how Baba feels very concerned with Amir and worried about
whether he will succeed as a individual afterwards. Baba praises Hassan as
quoted, “Hassan steps in and fends them off.” This quote expresses how Hassan
has the abilities which Amir lacks in himself.  Injustice is being expressed towards Amir
because it comes from Baba’s personal choices, not from institutions.

 

     Assef severely
rapes Hassan for refusing to give up the kite when Amir successfully wins the
overall Kite tournament. Amir was disturbed and shook with what he was
witnessing. Assef, a Pashtun, believes in chaos and violence. In the following
context, he severely rapes Hassan and mocks Amir for interacting with another
Hazara. Amir decides not to do anything because his personal choices prevented
him from intervening. The following theme illustrates that injustice can come
based off a person’s personal choice, not from religion.

“But before you sacrifice yourself for him,
think about this: Would he do the same for you? Have you ever wondered why he
never includes you in games when he has guests? Why he only plays with you when
no one else is around? I’ll tell you why, Hazara. Because to him, you’re nothing
but an ugly pet. Something he can play with when he’s bored, something he can
kick when he’s angry.” (Chapter 7, 106)

“I’ve
changed my mind,” Assef said. “I’m letting you keep the kite, Hazara. I’ll
let you keep it so it will always remind you of what I’m about to do.”
Then he charged. Hassan hurled the rock. It struck Assef in the forehead. Assef
yelped as he flung himself at Hassan, knocking him to the ground. Wali and Kamal
followed. I bit on my fist. Shut my eyes.” (Chapter 7, 107)

  Amir’s
personal choices led him to do what’s right. By not intervening, Amir felt
guilt for not standing up for Hassan. In the book, Hassan had stood up for Amir
several times based off thinking that Amir and Hassan are best friends. This
incident illustrates how Amir’s choices had affected Hassan severely. In the
following quote, “before
you sacrifice yourself for him,” shows how Hassan was practically a “ugly pet” who had no value in
society. Amir had not stood up for Hassan because his personal choices told him
to. As Assef was getting ready to harm Hassan, Amir decided not to intervene
which resulted in Hassan getting raped. Amir’s guilt and betrayal was very
significant in the book as it portrayed how injustice effected Hassan due to
his status in the country (Hazara). Furthermore, the personal choice of an individual
comes from his/her deliberation.

 

       Amir’s betrayal and guilt is expressed as he
decides to take Hassan’s birthday money to put under Hassan’s mattress. Amir’s intention
was to avoid Hassan by allowing Hassan to be accused for stealing money and
Amir’s watch. This will provoke Hassan and Ali to leave the house for falsely
being accused in stealing. Amir’s personal decision illustrates the injustice
that affects the other individuals who are superior to Pashtuns.

 

” THEY’D
BOTH BEEN CRYING{Ali and Hassan}; I could tell from their red, puffed up eyes. They
stood before Baba, hand in hand, and I wondered how and when I’d become capable
of causing this kind of pain.”

“Baba
came right out and asked. “Did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir’s
watch, Hassan?” Hassan’s reply was a single word, delivered in a thin,
raspy voice: “Yes.”

“I
flinched, like I’d been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth.
Then I understood: This was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me. If he’d said no, Baba
would have believed him because we all knew Hassan never lied.”

The decision Amir had made not only affected him, but
the lives of two Hazaras. Amir sensed how “capable” he is “causing this kind of
pain.” It depicts how his own decisions are ones that he regrets and possibly
regret for a lifetime. When Hassan falsely acknowledges that he had stolen the
money and Amir’s watch, Amir senses he’d been “slapped” and his “heart sank.”
This depicted the injustice he caused with one decision affecting others around
him. The decision Hassan had made was also significant in the book because it
was a “final sacrifice” for Amir. Both Amir and Hassan had given justice and
injustice based off their personal decisions which also refers to how injustice
ad justice is based off personal choices, not from institutions.

 

Furthermore, the Kite Runner illustrated the
significant ways which religion can divide a nation into two major sects. The Kite Runner
written by Khaled Hosseini, portrayed many examples how injustice
and justice can stem from persona choices and beliefs, not from institutions. 

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