What Is The Importance Of Religion In The Kite Runner

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Written work on The Kite Runner
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1. How important is religion in the book? What attitudes do the characters have to it? How do they compare to the popular Western idea of Islam? What does Hosseini want to communicate to us through his references to religion, through what his characters say or what they see or hear

Importance of religion in the novel
Religion is a vital part of the culture in which the story originally takes place. Afghanistan is highly characterized by its religion Islam. Therefore, it is natural that it takes part in the characters’ lives, as well as the story.
In fact, religion plays a major role in determining the direction the country takes in the years after Baba and Amir move to the United States. Although
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He is a lot more pragmatic in his opinions when it comes to religion, than many of the other characters in the novel. From early on, he is clear about where he is standing. When Amir asks him about whether it is a sin to drink alcohol or not, he tells Amir that the only sin is theft:
“…there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. (…) When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” (p. 16)
When Baba is telling Amir this, it seems like this is more like a rule- or a set of ethics he has made for himself, rather than something that is based on a particular religion. Although he attends religious events, religion does not seem like it played a very important role in his life. Baba’s religious views is very different from what the western idea is. I think we often see people living in Islamic countries as very religious people. Baba is a huge contrast to this stereotype we have in the western world, as he is more of a liberalist than a religious
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It symbolizes Amir’s happiness, but also his guilt.


Baba’s dishonesty

Literary devices in The Kite Runner
• Foreshadowing
• Change of point of view (narrator)
• The use of letters
• Repetition
• Metaphor and simile
• Imagery
• Symbolism
• Parallels
• Dream sequences /memories
• Stream of consciousness passages
• Allegory (biblical references)
• Irony or satirical comment
• Humour

When Amir watches Hassan getting raped, he refers to the ritual of sacrificing a lamb. Amir’s thoughts in this scene shows us how central Islam actually is in the country.
“Hassan didn’t struggle. (…) He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it. It was a look I had seen before. It was the look of the

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