Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner” is Amir’s story, a Sunni Muslim who struggles to find his place in the world because of the aftereffects and fallout from a series of traumatic childhood events.
Amir works with forging a closer relationship with his father, Baba. Amir’s father is a well-known and respected man in Kabul.
However, Amir shows us that deep inside, that he would do anything for Hassan, a thousand times over.
Culture is one of the most critical aspects of this part of the novel. Hosseini reiterates the importance of being a part of a culture through Amir’s character and relationships with those around him.
Khaled Hosseini informs us that culture plays a large role in discerning the relationships we make in our lifetime.
Especially Baba struggles to adjust to American culture, which is both impersonal and brutish compared to Afghanistan’s.
One time, the shop’s cashier asked for his ID, which shows how his social status drastically changed after moving to the States. “Does he think I am a thief? Baba said, his voice rising.
People had gathered outside. They were staring. What kind of country is this? No one trusts anybody!”
I agree it is quite humorous how Baba’s outrage appears after he tries to pay for some fruit at a store. He yelled at them because he felt offended.
The shop’s cashier asked for his ID, which shows how his social status drastically changed after moving to the States.
In his review, Amir Hosseini states: “Although the book’s shortest section, this is in many ways the most compelling.”
He thinks that the second part of the novel is one of the best “pieces” in the book. However, what I find the most interesting about the book is Afghanistan, which perhaps few are aware of.
Afghanistan’s typical perception is that it is a rebellious place where there are inherited warlords, everlastingly being the crucial point of development and pilgrim plans by more grounded countries, the beginning of the Taliban and characters like Osama Bin Laden.