Religion boys tease him? Hassan steps in and

Religion tends to be followed by many citizens but may
be interrupted differently amongst many people in societies. The Kite Runner,
written by Khaled
Hosseini, illustrates how individuals may hurt other with their own personal
choices and beliefs. The book portrayed how the characters were divided into
two major sects in Afghanistan, Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The culture classified
the nation into two groups which elucidated the society. When distinguishing
between the two major casts, being a Pashtun meant that their respect and pride
is valued and is kept with them. However, being a Hazara meant the society is
lower class who are treated with hate and are unaccepted by their standard way
of living. Although the two sectors follow the same religion and follow the
same beliefs, one’s action may result in chaos due to their individual opinions
and class of society. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini illustrates justice and
injustice often stems from personal choice, not necessarily from institutions.

The Kite Runner illustrates how Baba’s relationship
with Amir is different when compared with Hassan. Amir and Hassan were both
considered to be in diverse groups, the Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The book
depicted how Baba seen more characteristics in Hassan as a successful individual
than his own son, Amir. This is because Baba’s thoughts reflect and alters his beliefs
being expressed in the story when comparing Amir and Hassan.

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“Self-Defence
has nothing to do with the meanness. You know what always happens when the
neighborhood boys tease him? Hassan steps in and fends them off. I’ve seen it
with my own boys. And when they come home, I say to him, ‘How did Hassan get
that scrape on his face?” And he says, “He fell down.’ I’m telling you, Rahim,
there is something missing in that boy Amir.
(Chapter 3, page 18)

I
mean that. He needs someone who…understands him, because God knows I don’t.
But something about Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t express. It’s
like…”I could see him searching, reaching for the right words. He
lowered his voice, but I heard him anyway.” (Chapter 3, page 18)

This quote clearly expresses how the relationship of Baba
is differentiated between Hassan and Amir. Baba sees more potential in Hassan
than his own son Amir because of the desire to approach certain tasks in a
manly-type manner. In the following context, Amir is eavesdropping Baba who is
having a conversation with Rahim Khan. “Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t
express” quotes how Baba feels very concerned with Amir and worried about
whether he will succeed as a individual afterwards. Baba praises Hassan as
quoted, “Hassan steps in and fends them off.” This quote expresses how Hassan
has the abilities which Amir lacks in himself.  Injustice is being expressed towards Amir
because it comes from Baba’s personal choices, not from institutions.

     Assef severely
rapes Hassan for refusing to give up the kite when Amir successfully wins the
overall Kite tournament. Amir was disturbed and shook with what he was
witnessing. Assef, a Pashtun, believes in chaos and violence. In the following
context, he severely rapes Hassan and mocks Amir for interacting with another
Hazara. Amir decides not to do anything because his personal choices prevented
him from intervening. The following theme illustrates that injustice can come
based off a person’s personal choice, not from religion.

“But before
you sacrifice yourself for him, think about this: Would he do the same for you?
Have you ever wondered why he never includes you in games when he has guests? Why
he only plays with you when no one else is around? I’ll tell you why, Hazara. Because
to him, you’re nothing but an ugly pet. Something he can play with when he’s bored,
something he can kick when he’s angry.” (Chapter 7, 106)

“I’ve
changed my mind,” Assef said. “I’m letting you keep the kite, Hazara. I’ll
let you keep it so it will always remind you of what I’m about to do.”
Then he charged. Hassan hurled the rock. It struck Assef in the forehead. Assef
yelped as he flung himself at Hassan, knocking him to the ground. Wali and Kamal
followed. I bit on my fist. Shut my eyes.” (Chapter 7, 107)

  Amir’s
personal choices led him to do what’s right. By not intervening, Amir felt
guilt for not standing up for Hassan. In the book, Hassan had stood up for Amir
several times based off thinking that Amir and Hassan are best friends. This
incident illustrates how Amir’s choices had affected Hassan severely. In the
following quote, “before
you sacrifice yourself for him,” shows how Hassan was practically a “ugly pet” who had
no value in society. Amir had not stood up for Hassan because his personal
choices told him to. As Assef was getting ready to harm Hassan, Amir decided
not to intervene which resulted in Hassan getting raped. Amir’s guilt and
betrayal was very significant in the book as it portrayed how injustice
effected Hassan due to his status in the country (Hazara). Furthermore, the
personal choice of an individual comes from his/her deliberation.

       Amir’s betrayal and guilt is expressed as he
decides to take Hassan’s birthday money to put under Hassan’s mattress. Amir’s intention
was to avoid Hassan by allowing Hassan to be accused for stealing money and
Amir’s watch. This will provoke Hassan and Ali to leave the house for falsely
being accused in stealing. Amir’s personal decision illustrates the injustice
that affects the other individuals who are superior to Pashtuns.