In The Kite Runner, why aren't the Afghans welcoming to Amir when he returns to his homeland?  

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Amir returns to Afghanistan, the country has worsened even more than when he left it under Soviet control.  The Talibs have taken over; people are begging in the streets; harsh punishments occur daily, and poverty is rampant. In contrast, during these Afghan years of horrible decline, Amir has been safe in America, seemingly living the good life.  Farid, Amir's driver when he goes back to Afghanistan, sees Amir as someone who quit on his country and who cannot possibly understand or appreciate all that the Afghans who stayed through all the turmoil have endured and are still enduring.

While some of the Afghans' reaction is jealousy, most of their negative response to Amir is that he represents the wealthy class who never had it bad in the country. Farid has lost numerous family members to his country's violence while Amir has received a college education and steady food and shelter in the States.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The people in Afganistan are not so embracing of Amir, because of several reasons.

1. On the most basic level they are probably bitter at Amir, on account of his presumbed wealth and status. We can say that they are probably jealous.

2. Amir is viewed as an outsider, who does not under the plight of the people, since he has not suffered side by side with them.

3. Amir is viewed as a westerner, who might be a part of the problem.

4. They also probably view Amir as a less than devout Muslim.

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