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Comparison Contrast Amir Hassan

Comparison Contrast Amir Hassan



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Eulo 1Joseph EuloDr. Susannah ChewningENG 101-01020 October 2006
Choose two characters and compare/contrast them(using one of the outlines I showed you for the comparison/contrast paper).Discuss any two characters that have similar and different experiences, ideas, or personalities.
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner Amir and Hassan are two twelve year old boys that grow up together in Kabul. both make choices that haunt them for the rest of their lives.They are similar in many ways and both have millions of registered users. Myspace andFacebook both offer its user a host of interactive features. However Myspace and Facebook are very different in number of features are offered and how they are offered. By discussingtheir History, functionality, appearance, design, and ease of use, in this paper I will compareand discuss both websites in detail. before the Russian occupation a violent time in Afghanistan’s history.
Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is theunforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul.Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up indifferent worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan , the son of Amir’sfather’s servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and hisfather flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet hecannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him. The Kite Runner is a novel about friendship, betrayal,and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies.Written against a history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the richculture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseinialso gives us hope: through the novel’s faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.
Amir and HassanI.THESIS:
Amir : selfish, jealous
Hassan : Loyal, Humble, Modest,
Amir : Sheltered,
Hassan : from an outsiders POV has it rough.
Amir : a Pashtuns “Sunni Muslims”: Family is Wealthy, never has an unmet need,spoiled, sheltered, and protected by fathers social standing.
Hassan : a Hazara “Shi’a Muslims”: Son of family’s servant Ali, is Amir’s playmate,irons Amir’s clothes, and prepares his breakfast etc.
Amir : Pashtuns “Sunni Muslims: Followed traditions but did know if there was god or not, didn’t really believe and follow his religion until the end of the book.
Hassan : Hazara “Shi’a Muslims, never missed prayer, dedicated to his beliefs
Amir : Amir is Pashtuns are an ethno-linguistic group primarily in eastern and southernAfghanistan, Pashtuns are typically characterized by their language, and their adherenceto Pashtunwali (a pre-Islamic indigenous religious code of honor and culture)[20] andIslam. Pashtuns are also historically referred to as ethnic Afghans ("Pashtun people.")
Hassan : Hassan is Hazara: an Iranian speaking ethnic group of Mongolian origin.("Hazara.") It is commonly believed that the Hazara are descendants of the army of Genghis Khan, which marched into the area in the 12th century, but there are also beliefsholding Hazaras as descendents of the Koshanis, the ancient dwellers of Afghanistanfamous for constructing the Buddhas of Bamyan; .("Hazara.")
“I turned and came face to face with Hassan’s slingshot. Has/41-42/san had pulled the wideelastic band all the way back. In the cup was a rock the size of a walnut. Hassan held theslingshot pointed directly at Asse’fs face” (Hosseini 41-42)“ ‘Please leave us alone, Agha,’ Hassan said in a flat tone. He’d referred to Assef as ‘Agha,’and I wondered briefly what it must be like to live with such an ingrained sense of one’s place in a hierarchy” (Hosseini 42).“ There is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray, I will pray that He forgive that I haveneglected him all of these years, forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunityonly to turn to Him in my hour of need, I pray that He is merciful, benevolent, and graciousas His book says He is” (Hosseini 346).“I bow to the west and kiss the ground and promise that I will do zakat, I will do namaz,…”(Hosseini 346).
“I turned my gaze to our rooftop, found Baba and Rahim Kahn sitting on a bench,…Babawaved. I couldn’t tell if he was waving at me or Hassan” (Hosseini 61).“And may God—if He exists, that is—strike me blind if the kit didn’t just drop into hisoutstretched arms” (Hosseini 55)“if you make a move, they’ll have to change your nickname…to ‘One-Eyed Assef,’ because Ihave this rock pointed at your left eye.” (Hosseini 42)“The book said part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns wereSunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi’a” (Hosseini 9)
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Berkley, 2003"Pashtun people."
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. 29 Nov 2006, 06:34 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation,Inc. 1 Dec 2006 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hazara&oldid=90852089>."Shi'a Islam."
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. 1 Dec 2006, 16:35 UTC. WikimediaFoundation, Inc. 1 Dec 2006 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shi%27a_Islam&oldid=91402720>."Sunni Islam."
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