Discrimination is an issue that occurs all over the world its inevitable. In Khaled Hosseini’s, The Kite Runner, the reader is shown many cases where characters are faced with racism and discrimination. Khaled shows the reader how discrimination can lead to death of many individuals. In many cases innocent people die because of discrimination that is created between a group of individuals.
Many times, individuals make assumptions such as how they are and what kind of person on may be based on one’s appearance. Hassan, one of the main characters of the novel is treated as if he were an animal, simply because of how he looks compared to Pushtans. Having different religious beliefs can create discrimination between individuals, as shown in the novel. So, what do humans benefit from discrimination other than the loss of compassion and dignity?Discrimination and racism can kill people, and many don’t realize it until it is too late.
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Hassan one of the main characters in the story, was murdered in the middle of the street in broad day light by some Taliban members. Hassan’s wife was also killed because she was a Hazara. The Taliban killed Hassan because they thought he was a squatter in Amir’s house.
Hassan tried to tell the Taliban he was a servant of Amir’s father, Baba who was a Pushtan, but his efforts were in vain. “The Taliban’s said he was a liar and a thief like all Hazara’s and ordered him to get his family out of the house by sundown” (Hosseini, 230) Rahim Khan who said that in the novel is simply implying that Hassan never did anything wrong, and that he was just doing what he was told to do and that was to watch over the house. As much as Hassan tried to tell the Taliban he wasn’t doing anything bad, he was shot while others just watched what happened. Hassan should have not been murdered for such a senseless belief. He was victim of stereotyping by the Taliban by how he looked.There is not a particular group of people who are exactly the same, so why do people discriminate others who look or act a bit different, we are all humans right? Khaled explains how Hassan and his father Ali, looked in the novel, “They called him ‘flat-nosed’ because of Ali and Hassan’s characteristic Hazara Mongoloid features. For years, that was all I knew about the Hazaras, that they were Mogul descendants, and that they looked a little like Chinese people… Things Baba hadn’t mentioned either.
It also said some things I did know, like that people called Hazaras mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys. I had heard some of the kids in the neighborhood yell those names to Hassan.” (Hosseini, 9) Quite often we hear people making fun of others because “he is short” or “she is fat” but in reality, there is not a single person who sets a standard for humanity. Hassan had physical characteristics that differ from other people, and that’s why he was bullied. He was looked down because he was different from the rest. Assef a neighborhood bully always picked on Hassan because he was different from the rest, His [Assef’s] blue eyes flicked to Hassan. ‘Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns.
It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose here. His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood.’ He made a sweeping, grandiose gesture with his hands. ‘Afghanistan for Pashtuns, I say. That’s my vision.'” (Hosseini 40)