Thursday, September 28, 2006

In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, tells about a boy Amir life and certain events that happened to him growing up in Afghanistan. In the book Hosseini describes Amirs life in Afghanistan in the 1970, and his return to his country thirty years later. Many people believe that this book is a sort of propaganda designed to change Americans post 9/11 opinion about Afghanistan, which I think those people can make a good case, but I feel different about the book. I don’t think this book was written for propaganda purposes since it was written before 9/11 even happened.

Before I read this book I had an idea of what Afghanistan is like because I have a friend that is Afghanistan and his Dad lived their. He told me that his Dad described his country as a developing country, somewhat like a Mexico type country when he lived their. His Dad also told him that since 9/11 everything is different because all the terrorist groups and its hard to live in Afghanistan because you never what going to happened due to all the chaos. After reading the book I found the descriptions of Amirs life as a boy in Afghanistan were normal of that in a developing country maybe even better, due to what my friend had told me.

I don’t think this book is propaganda because it goes a lot into detail about Amirs childhood with his best friend Hassan which turns out to be his half brother and how Amir always wants to make his dad proud of him, but cant because his dad wants him to be good at sports and thing like that and Amir likes to write and not really into his what dad wants him to do. Amir gets jealous a lot because his dad is also close to Hassan and recognizes and shows Hassan more affection than him. Amir is also bothered because Hassan is a Hazara which is an Afghanistan minority that people did not like. Plus he was Amirs servant and his dad treated them the same and that made Amir jealous. The book also tells how he finally made his father proud of him by winning the kite contest; unfortunately the same day Amir sees three guys trying to take the blue kite away from Hassan that is Amir kite and Hassan will not give it to them. As a result the guys beat him and rape him; meanwhile Amir was from a safe distance watching not only his best friend, but his half brother go through hell and he didn’t do anything. Throughout the book it is hard for Amir to think of the first time he made his dad proud without thinking a bout how he let Hassan down. The book also goes into the hatred between the Sunni’s and the Shiite’s. Also tells about the Russian invasion.

To me this book is not Propaganda it’s a fictional book that tells a good story about to different people in Afghanistan. The book goes into a lot of detail for the characters and touches a little on the historical events that happened during the story. Propaganda is a systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interest of those advocating such a doctrine or cause. In other words its information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. This book does not have that type of power nor do I think Hosseini the author thinks his book is going to change the way Americans view Afghanistan.

In conclusion, to me The kite Runner is a good fictional book that people can easily mistaken for propaganda if you read it thinking it propaganda, but if a random person picks up this book and reads this their going to be more interested in the story than propaganda the word probably wont even pop in there head.


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