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How does the author reflect the changes in power in Afghanistan throughout the novel "The Kite Runner"?

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´╗┐How does the author reflect the changes in power in Afghanistan throughout the novel? ________________ Khaled Hosseini reflects the changes in power in Afghanistan throughout the Kite runner by mirroring the narrator?s fate with that of the country. Amir?s life goes through several changes during the novel and these reflect the changes that happened in Afghanistan during the same period. The author interweaves the history of Afghanistan from the 1970?s to 2002 (where the novel ends) with the story as the changes in power are all shown to have an impact on Amir. The first change in power in the novel is when the monarchy is overthrown and although the coup was described to be ?bloodless?, the author uses it to foreshadow an era of struggle for the people of Afghanistan and the characters in the novel. The sound of gunfire in the streets is portrayed as an extremely frightening experience for Amir?s household, showing the great change that is about to happen in Afghanistan as it is the beginning of a change from a peaceful country to one marred by conflict. ...read more.


Khaled Hosseini uses Assef to symbolise the changes in power in Afganistan as his morbid values first come to light after the first change in power in the country, and they become a fact of life as Assef reappears when the Taliban have control of Afghanistan. The Russian invasion of Afghanistan is presented as a chance of escape from Amir. After betraying his only true friend, Hassan, the author shows us how the communist invasion of Afghanistan drives them to America. As America is a symbol for freedom, Amir and Baba?s migration is not simply an escape from the new power presiding in Afghanistan but for Amir it is an escape of the mind as he is running away from the tragic event that occurred in that alleyway. The change is power in Afghanistan is reflected by the author in the impact it has had on their lives. Although they have escaped the Soviets, and Amir has escaped his past, they?re lives a far cry from the wealth and luxury they enjoyed in Afghanistan. ...read more.


Finally, the novel ends shortly after the Twin Tower attacks and the American and allied forces invasion of Afghanistan. Although Amir?s viewpoint of this new change in power is optimistic, ?Soon after the attacks, America bombed Afghanistan, the Northern Alliance moved in, and the Taliban scurried like rats into the caves?, the use of the word bomb highlights the fact that the conflict has still not ended and the author is suggesting that the period of transitioning for America to install themselves as the new power in Afghanistan will cause further damage to the country and its people. In conclusion, the author shows reflects the changes in power in Afghanistan throughout the novel by merging Amir?s experiences with that of what the country experienced as a whole. Every change in power had an important effect on Amir?s life and the author uses his feelings to show us how a peaceful country ended up into a period of conflict which still hasn?t finished. Although the story ends well for Amir, his quest for redemption completed, Afghanistan is shown to still be going through tough times due to the conflicts over who is in power and the objectives and actions of those in power in Afghanistan. ________________ Shahan LakePage ...read more.

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