What examples in The Kite Runner show social groups being marginalized, excluded or silenced within the text?   Give quotes from the book.

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We mostly see the marginalization of a group of people in The Kite Runner through the character of Hassan. The young boy is a Hazara so he belongs to the minority ethnic group and also the minority religion (Shi'a Muslim). As a result, other characters, namely Assef, bully Hassan and insult him, and the culture as a whole looks down upon Hazaras as of less worth than those of the majority group, the Pashtuns.

We see the prejudice against Hazaras in the ethnic slurs that are thrown carelessly at the characters of Hassan and Ali. Because of his ethnicity and his physical handicap, people call Ali "'you flat-nosed Babalu'" (9), and Hazaras are often referred to as "donkeys" (9). In chapter 5, there is a scene in which Assef and his friends bully and torment Hassan and the narrator, Amir, for being friends with Hassan. Assef calls Hassan "Flat-Nose" and says that Afghanistan should be purified of Hazaras, who "pollute our homeland . . . dirty our blood" (39-40). Assef even supports Hitler's...

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