To the Honorable Judge Eckersley, I am the author of the article “The Kite Runner and New Orientalist Narratives”, and I am here today to give my thoughts on the orientalist behavior of the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khalid Hosseini. Today I will use many articles to prove my point, as well the novel and my personal thoughts. In this novel the characters themselves are largely show to represent orientalism, now as we all know orientalism is a concept created by Edward Said, refers the Orient or the East in contrast to the Occident or West. Orientalism can be represented in many ways, sometimes it might be subtle and at other times it is more like a slap to the face. It works to enforce stereotypes that the Occident has instilled about the Orient, in its population since the dawn of colonialism. However, orientalism can be used as a form of propaganda, just like this novel was used to show the general public how helpless Afghanistan is and told us that “there is a way to be good again”. The protagonist was tasked with a mission to correct this past, “he had been chosen. His [was] a blessed mission, and if he [did] this one thing, it [would] make up for all his past mistakes”. In a way that was the relationship between Hassan and Amir signifies the relationship between Afghanistan and America, “for [Amir] had ignored Hassan in the same way that the US had ignored Afghanistan, willing to look the other way when it came to world affairs as long as there was no Communist and it could get its kite oil”. Hassan was used by Hosseini to represent Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion, “poor and illiterate, but rather generous and innocent, a brave servant and friend”. On the other hand this master, Amir, could represent nothing else but the “post racial America”, he was “rich…talented… [and] the center of the story”, and ultimately the shining knight in armor that came to save his half-brother and his family, while risking his life. Amir himself...
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