What did The Kite Runner teach us about Afghanistan? About friendship? About forgiveness, redemption and love? This is regaurding the book The Kite Runner.

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Whether it be under the rule of the King or republic before the soviet invasion or under the Taliban, Afghanistan is a culture that is ancient, and also shaped by Islam. While problems intensified after Islamic extremists took control of the country, there were deep-seated cultural divisions that were determined by the different ethnic groups (most prominently the Hazara and Pashtun).

Reconciliation and atonement seems central to the male friendships that are depicted in the book. After wronging a friend, a male can only evolve and grow up after he has atoned for his actions or the ghost of his past. This requires great sacrifice and risk. This reconciliation and process of...

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