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What was Khaled Hosseini's purpose in writing The Kite Runner?

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Posted January 5, 2011 at 5:18 AM via web

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What was Khaled Hosseini's purpose in writing The Kite Runner?

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kmalone614 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 5, 2011 at 7:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Hosseni wrote The Kite Runner to show the world the way that common issues of identity, assimilation and power are carried out in his culture in Afghanistan. He spends a great deal of time developing Amir and showing how he comes to a self-identity by the end of the book. He also poignantly shows the difficulties of assimilation into a new culture and country when Baba and Amir move to California. All of this, however, is not seen through American or British eyes, where things are more similar and "Western." He chooses to use these universals and put them in land that, to most readers, is foreign. It's a masterful way to both put us all on the same level as human beings, but also step up and appreciate Afghani culture.

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