Social Concerns in the Novel "The Kite Runner"

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In the novel The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini, there are plenty of examples that prove this to be correct, walking

through the life as an upper or lower class citizen, dealing with tough situations.

As upper class citizens, it is much easier to receive a proper education due to the

fact that it isn’t necessary for one to get an occupation to help support their family

because no additional support is needed. Since upper class citizens can have the luxury of

being able to read and write, they are more likely to become successful, for example,

Amir, a young boy who is born into the wealth of his father, Baba, talks about how he is

using his education to excel in language arts, “In school, we used to play a game called

Sherjangi, or “Battle of the Poems.” The Farsi teacher moderated it and it went something

like this: You recited a verse from a poem and your opponent had sixty seconds to reply

with a verse that began with the same letter that ended with yours. Everyone in my class

wanted me on their team, because by the time I was eleven, I could recite dozens of

verses…One time, I took on the whole class and won” (17). This example shows how

Amir has the advantage over most kids, who aren’t as fortunate to receive an education

and is able to excel by becoming one of the most prominent students in poetry of his

class. It also shows that Amir has a good chance of being a success by using this

education to advance him for when he’s older. Rahim Khan, Baba’s best friend, also

notices that Amir is becoming more knowledgeable in language arts when he reads

Amir’s first story, “I enjoyed your story very much. Mashallah, God as granted you a

special talent. It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his

God-given talents is a donkey. You have written your story with sound grammar and

interesting style. But the most impressive thing about your story is that it has irony. You

may not even know what that word means. But you will someday. It is something that

some writers reach for their entire careers and never attain. You have achieved it in your

first story” (28). This again further displays that because Amir is able to receive a good

education, he is able to write impressively. Not only does this example show that he is a

good student, but it also shows that if one is given the chance to be educated and takes

advantage of it they can become successful. People in the upper class have the

opportunity to gain an education because they have the wealth to be able to do so,

however people in the lower class aren’t as fortunate.

People who are in the lower class are forced to work hard for what they have

because, they haven’t been blessed with the luxury of being born into a wealthy family.

This is true for Hassan, Ali’s friend and servant, who must stay with his father and work

at Ali’s home to earn a living and isn’t able to educate himself by going to school,

however Hassan learns to appreciate life and everything that is given to him, for example,

Amir describes a normal day for Hassan and himself, “During the school year, we had a

daily routine. By the time I dragged myself out of bed and lumbered to the bathroom,

Hassan had already washed up, prayed the morning namaz with Ali, and prepared my

breakfast. While I ate and complained about homework, Hassan made my bed, polished

my shoes, ironed my outfit for the day, packed my books and pencils. I’d hear him

singing to himself in the foyer as he ironed, singing old Hazara songs in his nasal voice.

Then, Baba and I drove off in his black Ford Mustang” (23). This excerpt shows very

wonderfully, how Hassan is a hard working young boy, in the lower class, who

appreciates things and makes the best of his situation, he is awake bright and early, full of

energy, singing and enjoying the day...
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