The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

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Many negative thoughts come to mind when the typical American hears the words “Afghanistan”, “the Middle East”, and “Muslim”. Generally, if he has lived long enough, he will automatically recall the fall of the twin towers on 9/11 and the many slurs used against people of Middle-Eastern decent. The words “terrorist”, “extremist”, and “heathen” were, and still are, often used by many Americans to describe these people. Despite all the attention that the country of Afghanistan has gained, not many people have stopped to think of the troubles that the Afghans themselves have faced. With his novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini not only provides an educational and eye-opening account of a country 's political chaos, but he also creates sympathy in Afghan characters by depicting the story of their experiences of pain and loss. Through The Kite Runner, Hosseini humanizes Afghanistan and the troubles that Afghans have faced. The Kite Runner was released in the span of time when Afghans, or any people of Middle-Eastern decent, were deeply distrusted in America. This period of time was shortly after the 9/11 tragedy, when most Americans heard the term “terrorist” on a daily basis. The novel became popular though “word of mouth”, and eventually became a New York Times bestseller for over five years (Jefferess 389). The author shares personal ties with the novel’s storyline; this plays a great deal in how he humanizes Afghanistan. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and…

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