Afghanistan was once a place of beauty and enjoyment however since the Taliban new laws have been enforced, the country is slowly degrading. Using the codes and convention for non-print, print, non-fiction and fiction; to analysis how different texts manipulate similar issues to produce a similar message. All three of these texts, The Kite Runner by khaled Hosseini, Beneath the Veil by Saira Shah and “Execution of a teenage girl” from 4 Corners, all explore the main ideas of an Afghanistan life from different perspectives. Undoubtedly, these texts manipulate the specific aspects of their own genres in order to influence the audience response.
Imagine having no freedom to go for a walk down the street or yet even leave your own home. This is the oppression of human rights for women, since the Taliban regime was introduced into Afghanistan women are now unable to look after themselves and have no independents. Women are seen as a lower class against men, this is an unjust society and every woman in the western world would be horrified if this was law in their country.
The Kite Runner is a male dominated novel about the male’s role in an Afghanistan society, the lack of input of women in this novel reinforces the lack of women’s rights. Soraya raises the issue of oppression through her conflicting past. Although she knows now that her actions in Virginia were wrong, she wishes that this event was not going to haunt her for the rest of her life. Nevertheless Soraya’s character is strengthened by her own miss-actions. Through this text Soraya demonstrates a strong belief that the oppression of females is still occurrence in the Afghan community. “Their sons go out to night clubs looking for meat and get their girlfriends… Oh, they’re jut men having fun! I make one mistake… and I have my face rubbed in it for the rest of my life.” This quote from Soraya highlights the stereotype that the Afghanistan community has against the women in Afghanistan however the men can go on rampages and no one in the Afghanistan community will shake their heads in disproval.
The Women’s Group of Afghanistan shows the daily routine of a woman life in Beneath the Veil. The title notifies the audience of how the women must hide themselves living beneath a veil. The audience is shown the oppression of woman right when Saira Shah goes undercover. Doing this puts her self in great danger as now she is posing as an Afghani woman, not a foreign journalist. One of the many places the Revolutionary Group of the Women of Afghanistan (R.A.W.A) takes Saira Shah to is a secret local hidden from the Taliban. This is a school for girls, that is run by a female teacher that was banned from working once the Taliban regime was imposed. The running of this class is incredibly risky as quoted by the head female teacher “If they find out that we're running a course here, they could hang us all”. This quote re-enforces the oppression of the females of Afghanistan as it tell the audience that girls over twelve are barred from going to school. Giving girls no education so that mean are seen as more upper class because they know how to read and write were female are not taught to keep the feeling of women a lower class minority group.
With reference to the title “Execution of a teenage girl” the author creates an image of pain and death, by allowing the audience to picture a young girl getting executed. This also makes the audience think what her family and relatives were going through and if this unfortunate event ever happen in their own family how would they react. With using “girl” in the title it shows the western world the views of the Taliban against females. The using of this word singles out a population in Afghanistan that virtually have no rights at all. In most cases and in this particular case, a female was executed for sex outside marriage or adultery. However in these crimes two people have to play a part in this crime. Conversely...
1. Amir is the main character and the narrator of the book. Amir grows up extremely privileged with a rich father named Baba. He feels deprived of an emotional connection with Baba. He thinks that his father blames him for his mothers death and wishes he was more like Hassan. Hassan was Amir’s best friend but, he was jealous of Hassan’s relationship with Baba. Amir constantly teased Hassan although Hassan always defended him. Amir sacrifices Hassan for his fathers acceptance. After Hassan is raped Amir feels guilty and therefor acts out towards Hassan. Amir’s character changes when he finds that he and his wife cannot have children, so he devotes his life to saving Hassan’s child to make up for his mistakes.
“I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him. Not at all.” (p.19)
2. Hassan was Amir’s best friend and half brother, Baba’s second son. He was a Hazara and considered inferior in Afghan society. Hassan is loyal, good-natured, brave, intelligent, selfless and forgiving throughout the entire book. He was very gifted with a slingshot. He and his “father” Ali were servants to Baba and Amir. While Amir was at school Hassan would do work around the house. Hassan always defended Amir and as a...
The two books that have been examined thoroughly are the KiteRunner by Khalid Hussein and Parvana’s journey by Deborah Ellis. “They called him flat-nosed because of Ali and Hassan’s characteristic Hazara Mongoloid features.” (Hosseini 9) Being alienated from society through poverty and, the minority class, seems to be the most common way that alienation is portrayed. “It was comforting to have a mother taking care of her again too, cooking for her and taking care of her, even though it wasn’t my own mother.”(Ellis 18)Also the longing for love and affection from one’s family and acceptance from friends is summarized very well in both novels. In both novels the main characters are alienated from their friend or family. Amir from the KiteRunner is foreign from his father’s love, Hassan is alien to his friend’s love and acceptance, and Hassan and Ali are alienated form society for being from a lower cast. In Parvana’s journey Parvana is longing for her family, acceptance from her friend Asif and alienated from society because she is a girl.
Both novels distribute a variety of emotions such as being alienated from the love and affection of family, and friends. In the KiteRunner, Amir is alienated from his father’s love and attention. “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son.” These are the words of a father for his own...
Progressing Through Life
Progressing in life could be one of the most difficult things that a person will have to face during their lifetime. The troubles and problems that they encounter helps them to develop as a person, but also puts them through extraordinary pain. Denis Waitley a man known globally for counselling some of the world's most famous athletes, said a quote that could relate back to developing in life. He said "Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer." In the novel The KiteRunner by Khaled Hosseini, developing as a person is portrayed in several different ways through the main character Amir. As a child Amir faced conflict between his father and himself mostly because he was trying to find a way to learn and connect with his father to help him figure out how he wants to live. As he enters his teenage years he experiences evil in this world first hand, something some people will never see. Learning to control himself and realize how to handle it is a major step for most people. Later when he enters adulthood he begins to take responsibility and puts others ahead of himself. Helping those who cannot help themselves is a considerate and remarkable thing to accomplish in life.
During a human’s childhood they face a lot of self realization and this causes most kids to be confused as they are proceeding through the early stages...
But mostly because Ali was immune to the insults of his assailants; he had found his joy, his antidote, the moment Sanaubar had given birth to Hassan. (Page 10)
Assailant: a person who attacks another.
2. The police brought the somewhat contrite young men and the dead couple’s
five-year-old orphan boy before my grandfather, who was a highly regarded judge and a man of impeccable reputation. (Page 24)
Contrite: feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
3. It flashed again and was followed by a rapid staccato of gunfire. (Page 5)
Staccato: shortened and detached when played or sung.
4. Neither one of us said much of anything as we walked home in trepidation, certain that Assef and his friends would ambush us every time we turned a corner.
(Page 43). Trepidation: trembling or quivering movement; tremor.
5. It was downright eerie the way he always got to the spot the kite would land before the kite did, as if he had some sort of inner compass.
Eerie: uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird.
6. Then the old warrior would walk to the young one, embrace him, acknowledge his worthiness. Vindication. (Page 67). Vindication: defense; excuse; justification.
7. I watched the cratered road rise and fall, whirl its tail around the mountainside, counted the multicolored trucks packed with squatting men lumbering past.
The desire to feel loved and wanted by your parents can drive a person to go to extreme limits to get that love. One boy that goes to these extreme limits is Amir. All Amir wants is to have a good, strong relationship with his father. He feels the death of his mother was his fault, and he needed to make it up to his father. In doing so, Amir let’s horrible things happen to his friend Hassan. Many many years later, after fleeing to America, Amir returns to Afghanistan in search of redemption of his actions all those years ago. The theme of The KiteRunner written by Khaled Hosseini is redemption. Through Amir’s life, that’s what he’s been doing to himself, trying to redeem himself from his acts that have brought pain amongst others.
The novel, The KiteRunner took place primarily in Afghanistan, and also America. It shows the struggles of the life of a Hazara living in Afghanistan, and the horrible effect the Taliban had on such a wonderful country. What the book mostly focuses on is the main character Amir, and his relationships with others and himself. After witnessing his friend get raped and not being able to do anything about it, his life takes a turn. Amir goes through so many tough situations, such as death, abuse, and attempting to face his problems. All these events lead him to become a better man, a man who tries to make up for what he did in the past to his...
The KiteRunner is one of the best novels which have the story of friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan. In this novel we, as a reader will be able to see the love and loyalty that Hassan shows toward Amir, but their friendship and trust broken because of Amir’s betrayal.
The major character in the novel The KiteRunner is Amir Agha. He is the main character and also the narrator in the story. He was born in Kabul, in 1963 and he only lives with his father who he called Baba because his mother died giving birth to him. Since he was baby he already bonded with Hassan, the son of a servant in his house. The novel mentions that Amir’s first word is Baba, while Hassan’s first word is Amir. It shows that the bond between the two is very strong. Amir and Hassan always doing everything together, but Amir never wants to be Hassan true friend because he knew that they come from different social status. In this story Amir is describes as a coward boy, he never fight back when the other kids bully him and Hassan was always the one who defend him. Even though Amir constantly tests Hassan’s loyalty, Hassan still shows his loyalty toward Amir. Until one day, when he defends Amir’s kite from the big boys he was raped by them and when this terrible scene happen, Amir who saw it but he chooses to run away and betray Hassan who always stood up for him. At that...
In “The KiteRunner” by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini tells a story about Amir, a young boy from Kabul whose closest friend is a young Hazara boy named Hassan, who is also his servant. Amir witnesses a horrendous act committed against Hassan and he spends the next 26 years trying to forget what he saw that winter of 1975. Throughout the novel Amir narrates his own transformation, which is caused by all his guilt leaving his closest friend, Hassan vulnerable and the search for redemption. As Amir walks his readers through the novel, narrating his story and growth, there are notable contrasts between myself and the main character. Amir’s relationship with his father, his lack of confidence and his actions towards his only friendship are a few differences we hold.
My relationship with my Dad as a young child differs greatly from Amir’s relationship with his Father, Baba. Although there were six kids in the family, my Dad never fell short when it came to affection. After a long hard day at work and coming home almost passed six in the evening, Dad always had enough energy to spend time with each of us. We would play video games, watch television and spend the night giggling together. But Amir on the other hand felt deprived of an emotional connection with his Father, which he blames on himself. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful...
...The KiteRunner Essay People must sometimes defy the laws of society to overcome challenges in their path. In the novel, The KiteRunner authored by Khaled Hosseini, some characters face a lot of difficulties against the society in general. Hassan being a Hazara has constant opposition throughout his life. Baba finds a great change in his stature when he comes to America. Amir spends 26 years of his life keeping a secret that leads him to discovering many more secrets. Hassan faced a lot of challenges because he came from a social class that was considered inferior to the Pashtuns. Firstly, Hassan was always taunted by the society they lived in in Afghanistan. During a particular incident, a soldier calls to Hassan rudely, “You! The Hazara! Look at me when I’m talking to you!,” and insults him (Hosseini 7). Here Hassan is referred to simply as the Hazara and Hassan was often reminded of his social status. Secondly, Hassan’s friendship with Amir was not taken well by the people in the upper class who thought that their relationship should be nothing more than that of a master and servant. This is shown in Assef’s response, “Someday you’ll wake up from your little fantasy and learn just how good of a friend he is,” where Assef tells Hassan that he is only a servant and does not share any special relationship with Amir (Hosseini 77). This shows that it was difficult for Hassan to show the society that his relationship...