How effective is “The Kite Runner” in presenting the repression of living under the Taliban? How effective is The Kite Runner in presenting the repression of living under the Taliban?

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How effective is “The Kite Runner” in presenting the repression of living under the Taliban?

How effective is The Kite Runner in presenting the repression of living under the Taliban?

The scene in the soccer stadium really communicates the horror of living under the Taliban. During the soccer game, the half-time entertainment is a man and woman being stoned to death for adultery. There is something chillingly routine about their brutal executions. Amir wears a fake beard to avoid arrest by the Taliban. No expression of individuality or dissent goes unpunished.

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This is really an opinion question.  I would suggest answering that it was effective in showing life under the taliban.  Then giving various examples of the ways in which it showed the real situation under the taliban regime.  Examples could include; Ali was killed by a land mine. The murder of Hassan, his wife and son, for refusing to give up their house and leave. The issues with the orphanages and Sohrab's status as an orphan, as well as, living conditions after the invasion by Russia can be pointed to as effects of the strident rule of the Taliban.

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