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Kiterunner Essay

  • Submitted by: HORATIOWARD
  • on February 23, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 588 words

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“According to Marxism, those with wealth in society also control the means for making wealth… Literature and culture can only occur within this scheme or structure” This format of establishing class relations, described by Gil Scott-Heron, is explicitly displayed in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. In the novel, it is obvious that those who are born into wealth and power continue to use it in circumstances where it may not be acceptable. Hosseini’s creation of local bully, Assef, epitomises this as his powerful rein has continued over the 37 years since the protagonist Amir last met him. Some might argue that Hosseini gives Assef too greater power, however, true to a Marxist ideology; he has gained this power from destroying lesser people’s homes and families.

Assef believes that he has the right to destroy these families because he is a Pashtun, native to Afghanistan, and has fought for his country while other men fled the Taliban. He also believes that his Pashtun status makes him better than the Hazaras a traditionally mistreated minority. Characteristic Hazara Mongoloid features include flat-noses and ‘that they looked a little like Chinese people.’ (p.8) ‘Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been… not this Flat-Nose here.’   Their distinct features make them an easy target for proud Pashtun men and women who detest their existence, and believe that the only job they are worthy of is to be a servant. Amir’s best friend and servant in the novel is Hassan. This refers to Marxist politics, as Karl Marx said that there are two types of people, the bourgeoisie, who control the means of production and wealth, and the proletariat, who operate the means of production, and are controlled by the bourgeoisie. In The Kite Runner, Pashtuns are the bourgeoisie, and Hazaras are the proletariat, as they are in a demeaning position in comparison to Pashtuns.

Materialism and spirituality are comparable to bourgeoisie and proletariat individuals, as...

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  • Submitted by: HORATIOWARD
  • on February 23, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 588 words
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