Different Aspects of Afghan Culture in the Kite Runner Essay

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How does Hosseini portray different aspects of Afghan Culture in chapters 1-6?

Hosseini uses a variety of literary devices, syntax features and different feelings and attitudes to portray different aspects of afghan culture. Different characters seem to have different views towards cultures, such as Assef and the Hazara’s and Baba’s views of Muslim tradition and the Mullah Fatiullah Khan, with Hosseini using literary devices such as Foreshadowing to portray these views. Amir believes in a lot of Afghans culture and the religious traditions he gets taught, however Hosseini also shows he doesn’t believe in some traditions, such as the Buzkashi tournament. The theme of social statuses is very clear throughout the chapters, and includes
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When Hassan ignores the soldier, he is denounced for being a Hazara in “You! The Hazara! Look at me when I’m talking to you!” Hosseini’s use of imperatives in the soldier’s dialogue increases the soldier’s authority over Hassan. The soldier continues his impudence when he begins speaking about Sanaubar, in a very vulgar and crude way, and the “shaking hands with the others, grinning” imples the other soldiers are praising him, and suggests Sanaubar is a possession, which eventually upsets Hassan.

There are various references to Muslim tradition and beliefs and there is an active role of Islam on the story and its characters. Religious views of afghan culture are portrayed when Amir asks about the views of Mullah Fatiullah Khan. Baba portrays his views of the Mullah Fatiullah Khan as negative and insulting in “understand this, and understand it now, Amir: you’ll never learn anything of value from those bearded idiots” the use of repetition puts Baba’s point across to Amir, and the colloquial insult emphasises his thoughts as only negative. Amir however, shows respect, which is a key tradition in Afghan culture, in “You mean Mullah Fatiullah Khan?” Amir directly addresses them, which is a massive contrast with Baba’s colloquial slur. Baba goes on to emphasise his negative thoughts, in “Piss on the beards of all those self righteous monkeys.” The taboo imperative and Hosseini’s use of cultural

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