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In The Kite Runner, how do the political events in Afghanistan shape the lives of Amir, Assef, and Hassan?

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the political events in Afghanistan shape the lives of Amir, Assef, and Hassan. Baba realizes that he must take Amir and leave Afghanistan. They encounter brutal Russian soldiers, and Baba shows his courage and, in some ways, his foolishness.

When one of the Russian soldiers asserts his right to sleep with a young Afghani woman trying to flee the country with her husband, Baba stands up to the solider for her. He says, “War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace ... Tell him I'll take a thousand of his bullets before I let this indecency take place." Amir thinks, “So this is where Baba dies ... I'm eighteen and alone. I have no one left in the world.”

Baba is not killed, and Amir is not left alone. However, it does foreshadow their isolation once they leave Afghanistan and move to America. Baba is out of his element there. Whereas he was a wealthy landowner and businessman in Afghanistan, he is a blue collar...

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