The Kite Runner Review

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Shocked and filled with disbelief were my inner thoughts when I was informed about the terrorist attacks on the world trade center that occurred on September 11, 2001. What would motivate one to do such an horrific and world changing form of action? I was appalled when I found out that the terrorists were from Afghanistan. Does that mean all people from Afghanistan necessarily act alike? Before reading Khaled Hosseini's novel, I thought of Afghanistan in the most negative and cruel way possible. How can a form of religion have such an impact on a society? I felt as if Hosseini tried to persuade his audience about loyalty, devotion, friendship, redemption, and the power of racism and differences in religious beliefs. The Kite Runner seemed to seem to me as bad propaganda due to the fact that Hosseini wrote this novel to inform the nation about the unspoken life behind Afghanistan before the war with America evolved.Many innocent families and loved ones were killed on 9/11 for the simple reason of religious beliefs. I felt as if Hosseini tried to persuade his audience into viewing his perspective on how corrupt Afghanistan is due to the infamous element of power. Power is the key element that the Taliban were after in correlation with their religious beliefs, which may have led to their influences on 9/11. I felt as if the author tried to gain sympathy from his audience by telling a story about how an unresolved wrong decision in the past can lead to a closure by making a right decision in the future. A fictional novel that tries to persuade its audiences into feeling sympathetic for their country is unacceptable. If my family member or loved one were on any of the planes during 9/11, my perspective on Afghanistan would always be thought of in a negative way. Even though I did not know any of the innocent victims that were aboard on neither of the planes, I am still filled with anger and animosity. Hurting innocent people for no apparent reason cannot be excused in our society.I will have to admit that my perspective on Afghanistan did change after reading this novel, especially after realizing what types of politics have correlation to religion. Every country had to fight for what they believed in, including America, which also made me realize that Afghanistan is not much different from America. For example, African Americans went through a rough time during the 1600's. Afghanistan's society back then is not nearly as close to what African American's went through during slavery and poverty.The Kite Runner is set through a struggling period in Afghanistan history, which takes place right before the Russian invasion in the late 70's. Amir discusses his life growing up in Afghanistan and how he portrayed his best friend/half brother Hassan. Loyalty and devotion was the key factor Amir and Hassan lacked. Hassan would have done anything for Amir, including standing up to the neighborhood bully Assef, and aiming a slingshot at him for Amir and Hassan's...

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