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Why isn't Amir supposed to look the Taliban in the eyes in The Kite Runner? from chapters 20 21

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To look someone in the eyes is to imply equality and honesty. The Taliban holds themselves above all others. Shakespeare said "The eyes are the window to the soul", which could also mean the Taliban might see fear or disgust in Amir's eyes. Some Taliban members, one in particular, might know Amir from childhood and recognize him as one who is not of their group. Amir knew of some of the practices of the Taliban and was aware that they did not truly follow the teachings of the Koran. His contempt might betray him. Their violent ways caused him much fear, that could also betray his true identity.

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