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What are some examples of racism towards the Hazaras in The Kite Runner?

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kate199 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM via web

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What are some examples of racism towards the Hazaras in The Kite Runner?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:29 AM (Answer #1)

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The Hazaras are a race of people who descended from the Mongolian race.  In the book "The Kite Runner" Hassan is a Hazara.  On page 9 it mentions in a book that Amir is reading that "the Pashtuns had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras."

Ali, who is a Hazara, is mocked by the neighborhood people on page 10.

When the boys, Hassan and Amir, run into Assef, he taunts Hassan by calling him flat nose.  He makes reference to Hitler being a great man and that had he completed what he had intended the world would be a better place.  He is referring to the extinction of the Hazaras.  This is foreshadowing as later on it will be Assef who will kill the Hazaras to help rid his country of them.

 

Assef asks Amir "How can you play with him?  How can you touch him?"(41)

Hassan as an adult and his wife were interrogated by investigators.  They had done nothing but were caring for Baba's home while Baba was in America.  They shot him in the back of the head.  When his wife came out screaming they killed her as well.  Then they took the son and used him as a sex toy.  They had no rights as Hazaras. (Page 219)

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