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In Chapters 21-22, the cruelty of the Taliban is clearly in evidence. Give two or three...

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In Chapters 21-22, the cruelty of the Taliban is clearly in evidence. Give two or three examples.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 25, 2009 at 1:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Hosseini uses these two chapters to portray the cruelty and heavy-handed law of the Taliban in Afghanistan and sharply contrasts the Kabul that Amir returns to with the Kabul that he grew up in.

1.  In Chapter 21, a young man's body hangs in the streets, and no one seems to notice.  The Afghans have become so anesthetized to the Taliban's harsh punishments that a hanging seems normal.

2. Chapter 21 also features the horrific "halftime show" of a public execution.  In Ghazi Stadium, Amir witnesses the stoning of a woman and man.  The spectators are hit for cheering too loudly during the soccer game but are encouraged to cheer on the executioners as they send a barrage of stones at the helpless victims.

3.  In Chapter 22, as Amir arrives at Assef's commune, he sees what Assef and his men have been doing to Sohrab and other children from the orphanage--sexually abusing them.

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