In the novel Kite Runner, Amir lets us know the unique relationship he had with his half brother Hassan who is discriminated. Amir is a Pashtun who see them being superior to Hazara a group that Hassan belonged and was looked down upon. Amir was guilty when he left his half brother to be beaten and sexually harassed.
Amir lied that Hassan engaged in stealing so that the later can be forced out of the former’s home, this he did thinking it will help him forget his guilt towards what he did to Hassan. Later when Russian soldiers invaded Afghanistan, Amir and his father were fled. Amir went to America with the hope that all will be behind him. He later learnt that Sohrab Hassan’s son is molested by Assef, the person who was a thorn in their flesh (Amir and Hassan). He intends to save the boy.
Although Hassan has been painted as victim of discrimination, most of the cases we do not see bravery in such character; indeed Hassan is brave. This is according to what Amir says, "Suddenly I had the feeling I was looking at a two faces, the one I knew that was my first memory, and another face, a second face, this one lurking beneath the surface." (Hosseini 54). In fact, Amir seems not to have seen this other side of Hassan and even us as readers.
A victim is a person or an individual that undergoes destruction or is sacrificed by fellow human beings in their quest or pursuit of certain objectives or times to gratify their own passions. In this context, Hassan is a victim of discrimination (Nash, 3).
According to the novel, due to the fact that Hassan and his father were of a minor group that was being looked down upon; the Hazara who are Shia, the rest that were the majority Pashtun, Sunni ruled over the former. Due to this fact, Hassan experienced various instances where he has been disadvantaged.
In the first instance, Amir falsifies the fact that Hassan is a thief. Coined to the fact that he is a Hazara, Hassan was chased a way, this was intended by Amir so that he can get off his quilt towards him. Additionally, he falls victim to Assef when he was thoroughly beaten together with his half brother. Hassan also is a victim although not directly; his father Ali who is deformed due to polio is the laughing stock in town.
From the novel, it seems clear that indeed although a victim is thought of an individual that is passive and forced to act in a manner which is against their wish, Hassan seems to veer away from this notion. More often than not, he finds himself acting in a certain manner although it looks discriminatory; it is out of his own will (Hosseini 74). This is attributed to the fact that the group Hazara since time immemorial have been looked down upon and it has became instinctive for them to be submissive.
Through the novel, there are instances that another picture of Hassan is clearly painted. For instance, he is very brave, this is demonstrated when he took a stone and dared Assef and two of his friends who had harassed Hassan and Amir. Hassan is also brought forth to our eyes as being a very intelligent person. This is acknowledged by Amir who says Hassan is the best kite runner he has ever met. “He seemed to have a sixth sense about where the kite will land and often does not follow it with his eyes…” (Hosseini 22). Hassan is also a great mind reader, since he has lived with Amir for long, he comforts him and spell out the fear when the later was almost withdrawing from the kite competition. Again, Hassan is big hearted, although Amir left him for death in the hands of Assef, Wali and Hamal, he still has the courage to prepare Amir’s breakfast and lay his clothes.
In the entire tell, it is problematically presented that an individual victimization seems to be necessary and legitimated by another’s atonement and development. It is clearly depicted through Amir and Hassan and Amir and his father. The kind of discrimination that Hassan underwent in presence of Amir was necessary only because the later did not intervene, if he could, Assef and his group could have branded Amir Names and scold him as not being a true Pashtun (Hosseini 203). Similarly, when he (Amir) used Hassan as a scapegoat in the issue of theft, Amir gets the chance of having Hassan out of his daily life. Generally, the whole of Hazara being looked down upon has made their counter parts successful in a number of ways for instance they hold big posts in government offices, do better tasks.
In most cases through out the novel, Hassan actions can be attributed to loyalty. Due to the fact that he grew up knowing that the Pashtun, are superior to them, whatever they say is right. Indeed in most instances, his statement is accompanied by the word master. On the other hand, his actions can be interpreted as being involuntary but forced by the prevailing circumstances.
It is worth mentioning that Amir is a victim of his own choice. This was instigated when he over heard his father talking to his friend and said, “…there is something missing in this boy” after a sport where Amir fell and cried. Through his efforts to please his daddy, he ends up getting everything wrong. Amir’s actions were by default that was arrived at from mere confusion as he was thought his dad was not passionate enough towards him (Hosseini 145). Hassan victimization was from external influence while that of Amir was influenced from within himself.
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