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How does Hassan and Amir represent religion in the Afghan society in The Kite Runner?

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shy-leigh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2011 at 3:36 AM via web

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How does Hassan and Amir represent religion in the Afghan society in The Kite Runner?

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted February 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM (Answer #1)

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Hassan represents the lower class, strict adherence to Muslim beliefs. He has little education, and he follows his faith and its teachings to his unfortunate demise. His is a blind loyalty to the faith in which he was raised. Amir represents the middle class who has had opportunities for education. The more education people have, the less blindly they follow their childhood religious teachings. More is open to question than relying on blind faith. Amir is torn in his religious beliefs, and spends much of his life trying to please his father and reconcile his religious beliefs.

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