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        Religiontends to be followed by many citizens but may be interpreted differentlyamongst many people in societies. The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, illustrates howindividuals may hurt others with their own personal choices and beliefs. Thebook portrayed how the characters were divided into two major sects inAfghanistan, the Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The culture classified the nation intotwo groups which described the society’s way of living. When distinguishingbetween the two major castes, being a Pashtun meant that their respect andpride is valued and is kept with them. However, being a Hazara meant the peopleare from a lower class who are treated with hate and are unaccepted for theirstandard way of living.

Although the two sectors follow the same religion and beliefs,one’s action may result in chaos due to their individual opinions and class ofsociety. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini illustrates justice andinjustice often stems from personal choice, not necessarily from institutions.         The KiteRunner illustrates how Baba’s relationship with Amir is different when comparedto Hassan.

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Amir and Hassan are both considered to be a part of diverse groups,the Hazara’s and Pashtun’s. The book depicted how Baba sees more qualities Hassanas a successful individual than his own son, Amir. This is because Baba’s thoughtsreflect and alters his beliefs being expressed in the story when comparing Amirand Hassan.

“Self-Defence has nothing to do with themeanness. 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 whenthey come home, I say to him, ‘How did Hassan get that scrape on his face?” Andhe says, “He fell down.

‘ I’m telling you, Rahim, there is something missing inthat boy Amir. (Chapter 3, page 18)I mean that. He needs someonewho…understands him, because God knows I don’t. But something about Amirtroubles me in a way that I can’t express. It’s like.

..”I could see himsearching, reaching for the right words. He lowered his voice, but I heard himanyway.” (Chapter 3, page 18)        Thisquote clearly expresses how the relationship of Baba is differentiated betweenHassan and Amir. Baba sees more potential in Hassan than his own son Amirbecause of the desire to approach certain tasks in a manly-type manner. In thefollowing context, Amir is eavesdropping Baba who is having a conversation withRahim Khan.

“Amir troubles me in a way that I can’t express” quotes how Babafeels very concerned with Amir and worried about whether he will succeed as an individualafterwards. This internally effects Amir because he believes he has no valueand brings his self-confidence down due to his father, Baba, being displeasedwith Amir’s lack of quality being a successful individual like Hassan. However,Baba praises Hassan as quoted, “Hassan steps in and fends them off.

” This quoteexpresses how Hassan has the abilities which Amir lacks in himself.  Throughout the text, Amir was given manychances by Baba to redeem himself to prove his father wrong that Amir will succeedeventually in different scenarios. However, Amir and failed to do so countlesstimes to prove Baba wrong. Injustice is being expressed towards Amir because itcomes from Baba’s personal choices and beliefs, not from institutions.       Assef severely rapes Hassan for refusing togive up the kite when Amir successfully wins the overall Kite tournament. Amirwas disturbed and shook with what he was witnessing. Assef, a Pashtun, believesin chaos and violence. In the following context, he severely rapes Hassan andmocks Amir for interacting with another Hazara.

Amir decides not to do anythingbecause his personal choices prevented him from intervening. Amir was ambivalentwhen it came to making an appropriate decision which was running away from thesituation or interfering in the fight. The following theme illustrates thatAmir’s decision to intervene or not came from personal choices, not from institutions.Due to this, Hassan was forced to fight alone against Assef and the boys.

“But before you sacrifice yourself forhim, think about this: Would he do the same for you? Have you ever wondered whyhe never includes you in games when he has guests? Why he only plays with you whenno one else is around? I’ll tell you why, Hazara. Because to him, you’re nothingbut an ugly pet. Something he can play with when he’s bored, something he cankick 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 remindyou of what I’m about to do.” Then he charged. Hassan hurled the rock.

It struckAssef in the forehead. Assef yelped as he flung himself at Hassan, knocking himto the ground. Wali and Kamal followed. I bit on my fist. Shut my eyes.” (Chapter7, 107)         Amir’s personal choices led him to dowhat’s right, according to him. By not intervening, Amir felt guilt for notstanding up for Hassan. In the book, Hassan had stood up for Amir several timesbased off the philosophy that Amir and Hassan are best friends.

This incidentillustrates how Amir’s choices had affected Hassan severely. In the following quote,”before you sacrificeyourself for him,” shows how Hassan was practically a “ugly pet” who had no value insociety. Amir didn’t stand up for Hassan because he knew Hassan and Amir stoodno chance against Assef and his boys. As Assef was getting ready to harmHassan, Amir decided not to intervene which resulted in Hassan getting rapedsternly.

Amir’s guilt and betrayal were very significant in the book as it portrayedhow 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 hedecides to take Hassan’s birthday money to put under Hassan’s mattress. Amir’s intentionwas to avoid Hassan by allowing Hassan to be accused for stealing money andAmir’s watch.

This will provoke Hassan and Ali to leave the house for falselybeing accused of stealing. Baba always tells Amir that “there is no other actmore wretched than stealing.” Amir believes if Ali and Hassan are caughtstealing, they’d have to face the consequences. Amir’s personal decision illustratesthe injustice that affects the other individuals who are superior to Pashtuns. ” THEY’DBOTH BEEN CRYING{Ali and Hassan}; I could tell from their red, puffed up eyes.

Theystood before Baba, hand in hand, and I wondered how and when I’d become capableof causing this kind of pain.” “Baba came right out and asked. “Didyou steal that money? Did you steal Amir’s watch, Hassan?” Hassan’s replywas a single word, delivered in a thin, raspy voice: “Yes.

“”I flinched, like I’d been slapped.My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan’sfinal sacrifice for me. If he’d said no, Baba would have believed him because weall knew Hassan never lied.” (Chapter 9       Thedecision Amir had made not only affected him, but the lives of two Hazaras (Aliand Hassan). Amir sensed how “capable” he is “causing this kind of pain.” Itdepicts how his own decisions are ones that he regrets and possibly regret fora lifetime.

When Hassan falsely acknowledges that he had stolen the money andAmir’s watch, Amir senses he’d been “slapped” and his “heart sank.” Thisdepicted the injustice he created with one decision affecting others aroundhim. The decision Hassan had made was also significant in the book because itwas a “final sacrifice” for Amir. In the text, Amir recognizes his guilt 20years later when he has to rescue Hassan’s orphaned son Both Amir and Hassanhad given justice and injustice based off their personal decisions which alsorefers to how injustice and justice is based off personal choices, not from institutions.

         Furthermore, the Kite Runner illustrated thesignificant ways which religion can divide a nation into two major sects. The Kite Runner writtenby Khaled Hosseini, portrayed many examples how injustice and justice can emergefrom personal choices and beliefs. The Kite Runner depicted how therelationship of Baba is differentiated between Amir and Hassan. The rape ofHassan by Assef and the betrayal from Amir all came from personal choices, notfrom institutions.