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In The Kite Runner how do cultural myths, religous beliefs, and family traditions...

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Posted September 12, 2010 at 12:15 AM via web

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In The Kite Runner how do cultural myths, religous beliefs, and family traditions contribute to the conflict?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted September 12, 2010 at 3:49 AM (Answer #1)

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When I think of the book The Kite Runner the first myth that comes to mind is the belief that a child has for his father; That a father knows everything.  Amir looks up to his father but feels intimidated by him.  Because he believes his father can do no wrong Amir has to come to terms at a later time, after his father's death, with the reality that his father was very capable of making mistakes and telling lies. 

Amir questions his own belief system in Allah.  As a child his life has been changed after he sees his friend raped.  In addition, Amir does not feel that he can live up to his father's expectations of him.  He has to come to terms with himself before he can look at his own belief system and find atonement.

The most concerning of the myths in the Afghanastan society is the belief that Hazara and not worthy of respect or appropriate treatment.  Because of these cultural views Rahim Kahn had to give up the woman he had once loved, and Amir rejects Hassan as a true friend.  It is only after he has rescued Hassan's son that Amir can change his beliefs and stand up for the boy.

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