Religion how Baba saw more potential in Hassan

        Religion tends to be
followed by many citizens but may be interpreted differently amongst many
people in societies. The Kite Runner,
written by Khaled
Hosseini, illustrates how individuals may hurts others with their own personal
choices and beliefs. The book portrayed how the characters were divided into
two major sects in Afghanistan, the Hazaras and Pashtuns. The culture of
Afghanistan classified the nation into two groups which described the society’s
way of living. The distinguishing factor of the two major castes is that Pashtun’s
respect and pride are valued. Their status in Afghanistan is highly recognized.
However, Hazaras are regarded as people from a lower-class society who are
treated with hate and are unaccepted for their standard way of living. Although
the two sects follow the same religion and beliefs, one’s action may result in
chaos due to their individual opinions and class of society. The Kite Runner by
Khaled Hosseini illustrates injustice
often stems from personal choice, not necessarily from institutions.

        The Kite Runner illustrates
how Baba’s relationship with Amir is different when compared to Hassan. Amir
and Hassan are both considered to be a part of diverse groups, the Hazaras and
Pashtuns. The book depicted how Baba saw more potential in Hassan as a
successful individual than his own son, Amir. Amir’s abilities to prove his
father wrong had failed multiple times in the story. 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. (Hosseini, 2003, 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.” (Hosseini, 2003, 18)

        This quote 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 resolved 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” shows how Baba feels very concerned with Amir and worried about
whether he will succeed as an individual afterwards in life. This internally affects
Amir because he believes he has no value and reducing his self-confidence down because
of his father is displeased with 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 quote shows how Hassan has the abilities which
Amir lacks in himself.  Throughout the
text, Amir was given many chances by Baba to redeem himself to prove his father
wrong that Amir will succeed eventually in different scenarios. However, Amir
and failed to do so countless times to prove Baba wrong. Religion isn’t at
fault here because Baba believed in Amir many times (personal choices) however
despite being in the same group, Pashtuns, Baba recognizes the potential Hassan
has over his own son Amir.  Injustice is
being expressed towards Amir because it comes from Baba’s personal choices and beliefs,
not from institutions.

      The book depicted how Amir’s decisions caused a
lot of chaos and violence which negatively harmed Hassan. Assef severely rapes
Hassan for refusing to give up the kite when Amir successfully wins the overall
Kite tournament, to which Amir was disturbed and shocked. Assef, a Pashtun, believes
in chaos and violence. In the following context, he severely rapes Hassan and
mocks Amir for interacting with a Hazara. Although Amir and Assef are Pashtuns,
Assef mocks Amir because Assef realizes the importance of being a Pashtun meant
that Hazaras must be treated with hate. Amir decides not to do anything because
his personal choices prevented him from intervening. Amir was ambivalent when
making an appropriate decision which was to run away from the situation or
interfere in the fight. This demonstrated that Amir’s decision to not intervene
came from personal choices, not from institutions. Due to this, Hassan was
forced to fight alone against Assef and the boys. Religion didn’t alter Amir’s
choices because Amir knew from his personal choices, he’d stand no chance.  

“But before you sacrifice yourself
for him, think about this: Would he do the same for you? Why he only plays with
you when no one else is around? 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.” (Hosseini, 2003,107)

 “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.”. 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.” (Hosseini,
2003, 107)

        Amir’s personal choices led him to make a
poor decision and allow Hassan to get brutally raped. By not intervening, Amir
felt guilt for not standing up for Hassan despite Hassan had stood up for Amir
several times based on the philosophy that they 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 an “ugly pet” who had no value in society. Amir
didn’t stand up for Hassan because he knew Hassan and Amir stood no chance
against Assef and his boys. As Assef was getting ready to harm Hassan, Amir
decided not to intervene which resulted in Hassan getting raped sternly. Amir’s
guilt and betrayal were very significant in the book as it portrayed how
injustice affected Hassan due to his status in the country (Hazara). Religion did
not play a role in Amir’s decision because Amir felt he would stand no chance alongside
Hassan against Assef and his boys. Despite Hassan and Amir being in diverse
groups, the decision Amir made was because of personal choices, not because of
diversity in the two major sects, Hazaras and Pashtuns. Furthermore, the
personal choice of an individual comes from his/her deliberation.