The kite Runner Introduction The distinct racial division in Afgananistan occurs between the Hazara and the Pashtun. The Pashtun are the majority race, and discrimination against the Hazara widespread. The Hazara’s are more easily identified in the novel because the Pashtun despise the Hazara’s and treat them like dogs. They are also known to be light colored and almond shaped and round faces. It is important in the story because it is based on similar events that is happening in Afganistan today and it gives you a view point on how the Hazara’s are treated in their own country. Quote “A loyal Hazara. Loyal as a dog,” This is a quote Assef said to Hassan before he raped him in the alley way while Amir cowardly watch and ran away. Quote from Amir When Amir sees Assef rape Hassan in the alleyway, he asks himself if he really needs to rescue Hassan because "he was just a Hazara, wasn't he?". Discrimination The Pashtun have discrimination against the Hazara people because of who they are, what they look like and their race. In the Kite runner as soon as the Taliban took over they started killing the hazara’s they wanted to make it clean ( Meaning no Hazara’s.) Pashtuns They are the largest ethnic group belonging to Afganistan. They are made up majority of the Taliban and the current Afgan government. The characters that are Pashtuns are Assif, Amir. But Hassan is half Hazarra and half Pashtun but no one finds out until close to the end of the stroy. These three characters are important in the story because a good story has a bad guy (assif), a good guy ( Hassan) and a neutral guy ( Amir). It creates tension and it will have its climax in the middles of the story to keep people interested in the novel. Quote "the Pashtuns had persecuted and oppressed the Hazaras.“ In the kite runner the Pashtuns mocked Ali because he was disables and couldn’t smile, they also mocked him because he was a hazara. The Pashtuns treated the Haraza’s poorly. Quote A quote that shows discrimination. Assef asks Amir "How can you play with him? How can you touch him? (referring to Hassan). When Assef says that he is implying that to the Pashtuns the Hazara’s are nothing but filth that is not meant to be touched but cleaned out. The author emphasise the differences between these these two different races by letting the readers imagine what it is like to be in Afganistan. To be in the thoughts of a Hazara and how they are treated in Afganistan. The author made true life events in Afganistan into a book but with other what the Taliban are doing to the Hazara he made real life events into a fiction novel. He shows people how Afganistan really is thru a novel. The author uses racial distinctions as a characterisation to let the readers create an image in their mind to connect with the story and to be apart of it. It lets the readers get the full impact of what’s happening in the novel. The whole point in making the readers want to read more and to make them buy more of the authors other books because they know that that novel will be just as great as the Kite Runner.