Analysis Of `` The Swallows Of Kabul `` And Film The Kite Runner Directed By Marc Forster

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“Nearly all man can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Abraham Lincoln. The theme abuse of power is firmly portrayed In the novel The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra and the film The Kite Runner directed by Marc Forster. There is a clear correlation between the characters of both the novel and film. Characters such as Atiq from Swallows and Assef from Kite Runner share a significant connection when it comes to authority. Furthermore the exploration of symbols between the novel and film such as the whip and sling shot may carry distinct meanings in regards to power. In the case of characters in Swallows they abuse their authority significantly.

Many characters in The Swallows of Kabul are very authoritative with the use of their power. To begin with, Atiq is a jailer who sees himself as more important than others; hence his egotistic attitude. For illustration, when Atiq is late to his job he rushes and “flails about him with his whip, trying to force a passage through the ragged crowd…” (Khadra, pg. 5). Next, the Taliban have a condescending attitude towards the people of Kabul. For instance, when Zunaria and Mohsen laugh at each other while walking down the streets of Kabul, a Taliban tells them “no laughing in the streets” and strikes Mohsen with a club (Khadra, 89). The Taliban officer uses his “higher” position over Mohsen to humiliate him because he feels he has to power to do so. Finally, the Mullah’s in this novel are…

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