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What are some examples of feminism in The Kite Runner?

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The Kite Runner depicts the political turmoil and class and ethnic conflicts in the 1970s and early 2000s in Afghanistan. Particularly in the latter, women in Afghanistan do not enjoy many rights and are expected to be subservient to men. We see more often in the novel examples of the mistreatment or judgment of women. Take, for example, Sanaubar, Hassan's mother. She is married to Ali but has an affair (or at least a one-time encounter) with Baba, Amir's father. She makes cruel remarks to and about Ali and the baby before quickly abandoning them only a few days after giving birth. Other kids in the neighborhood give Hassan a hard time about his mother, using offensive language to describe her. Later in the novel, she returns and makes peace with her son. However, her earlier life experiences, in part, show the limited options for women in Afghanistan.

Even in the American chapters (after Baba and Amir have moved to California), we see the restrictive expectations placed upon women....

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