The Kite Runner Questions and Answers
by Khaled Hosseini

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"In The Kite Runner, Hosseini presents a world in which ethnic differences always lead to violence." To what extent do you agree with this view? Answer with quotes from the text, authorial methods, and points about context.

A reader will find ample support for disagreeing with the statement, “Hosseini presents a world in which ethnic differences always lead to violence.” Especially through Amir’s adoption of Sohrab, the author uses plotting and characterization. Hosseini shows that cooperation and compassion are as likely as violence and that individual attitudes and actions are not always dictated by ethnic differences.

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In The Kite Runner , ethnic differences play a significant role in the conflict and violence that disrupts Afghan society. However, Khalid Hosseini does not show violence as an inevitable outcome of ethnic differences. He carefully constructs the novel to demonstrate that ethnicity is not always responsible for violence. Through the plot and through the specific characters’ actions, Hosseini instead supports the view that people often behave in generous, compassionate ways, and that individuals make decisions for m any reasons other than allegiance to their...

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