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by Khaled Hosseini

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How has the political and social situation in Afghanistan during Amir and Hassan’s childhood changed over time in The Kite Runner?

The political and social situation depicted in The Kite Runner shapes and defines Amir and Hassan's childhood. Amir and his father, Baba, represent the wealthy and respected Pashtuns, whereas Hassan and his father, Ali, represent the poor and marginalized Hazaras. The attack on Hassan that Amir observes in the alley is symbolic of the repeated attacks on the Hazaras by the Pashtuns over the years. This event forces both boys to grow up and face their differences.

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The political and social situation in Afghanistan during the late 1970s and early 1980s was a tumultuous one to say the least, and nowhere is the brutal reality of this time period in the Middle East better depicted than in the lives of the children in the novel The Kite Runner. Author Khaled Hosseini introduces readers to two similar but very different Afghan boys, Amir and Hassan. They live in the same house and grow up as brothers and best friends until one life-changing incident destroys their world and illustrates the devastating...

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