The work doesn't have an objective status, an autonomy; instead, any reading of it is influenced by the reader's own status, which includes gender, or attitudes toward gender. In the production of literature and within stories themselves, men and women have not had equal access. Men and women are different:
New Orientalism Goes to the Big Screen by 0 Comments While The Kite Runner movie is now captivating audiences throughout the country-much as the book did four years ago-with its enthralling tale of "family, forgiveness, and friendship" and the promise that indeed "there is a way to be good again," very little has been written critiquing this work and its prominent role in the New Orientalist narrative of the Islamic Middle East.
Iranian literature specialist Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz Washington University in St. Louis has classified this book as one of the recent works that she argues constitute a "New Orientalist" narrative in her book Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran.
Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University also has written about New Orientalism and expatriates who serve as "native informers" or "comprador intellectuals" in respect to the Middle East.
Keshavarz broadly characterizes the New Orientalist works thusly: Thematically, they stay focused on the public phobia [of Islam and the Islamic world]: They provide a mix of fear and intrigue-the basis for a blank check for the use of force in the region and Western self-affirmation.
Perhaps not all the authors intend to sound the trumpet of war. But the divided, black-and-white world they hold before the reader leaves little room for anything other than surrender to the inevitability of conflict between the West and the Middle East.
While The Kite Runner is perhaps less obvious in its demonization of the Muslim world and glorification Role of women in the kite runner the Western world-what Keshavarz terms the "Islamization of Evil" and the "Westernization of Goodness"-than books like Reading Lolita in Tehran, these themes nevertheless clearly permeate the entire novel.
While seemingly just a captivating story of Amir and his redemption through the heroic rescue of his childhood friend Hassan's son, Sohrab, the entire plot is imbued with noxious stereotypes about Islam and the Islamic world.
This story, read in isolation, may indeed just be inspiring and heart-warming, but the significance of its underlying message in the current geopolitical context cannot be ignored.
At the most superficial level, the characters and their accompanying traits serve to advance a very specific agenda: Muslim executioner and nemesis of Amir, Assef, clearly perpetuates the basic underlying theme: Baba valiantly lays his life on the line to protect the woman who is about to be raped, while Assef brutally rapes children and performs gruesome public executions in the local soccer stadium.
Yet, perhaps the most telling attribute of these two characters is the particular national ideologies that they express affinity for: Baba loves America, while Assef is an admirer of Hitler. The most pernicious element of this novel, however, is also the same aspect that American readers consistently have identified as the most heart-warming and inspiring: In short, Amir, the successful western expatriate writer must leave his safe, idyllic existence in the U.
Amir's descent into this Other World, a veritable 'heart of darkness,' appears to be the only hope for its victims' salvation. These magnanimous interventions, of course, have nothing to do with economic or geopolitical concerns; they are purely self-sacrificial expressions of the superiority of the imperial peoples' humanity and ideology.
When considered in this frame, the profound guilt that Amir suffers from his inaction during the violation of his innocent friend Hassan seems to represent the collective guilt of all "good" western or western-oriented people who watched idly while the Islamic bullies-epitomized by Assef-violated Afghanistan and the innocent western-oriented people like Baba and Amir.
Of course, the implication then is that we also must redeem ourselves by returning and "rescuing" the people there from the Assefs of Afghanistan-this is our "way to be good again," in the words Khaled Hosseini's character Rahim Khan.
This new recapitulation of the old "white man's [now, western] burden" narrative, when combined with the "Westernization of Goodness" and "Islamization of Evil" clearly present throughout the novel, provides a superb ideological framework upon which to justify our present occupation and future military interventions in Afghanistan.
Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response.
If what these works say about Islam and Islamic countries is the whole truth, then surely the continued and expanding U. For anyone who has been to, or studies the Middle East, it is obvious that these accounts are gross distortions of the full reality on the ground there.
It is not wrong to identify and write about the flaws of a particular country, religion, or ideology, but it is wrong and dishonest when an author's writings systematically dehumanizes and reduces an entire culture and religion to the actions of its extremists.
Especially, when these are the same people and countries that our leaders tell us need to be attacked and occupied by our military. Banishing the Ghosts of Iran. Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. University of North Carolina Press, This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible.The Kite Runner; Character Analysis; Table of Contents. All Subjects. The Kite Runner at Character Analysis Bookmark this page is Amir's wife. Unable to have children of her own, Soraya willingly agrees to the adoption of Sohrab.
Although her role, like the role of all Afghan women under the Taliban, is minor from a plot perspective.
In the literature, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the idea and representation of justice, and its relationship to that of the treatment of women in Afghan society, the ever-changing politics of Afghanistan, and the desired results of redemption and forgiveness, become illustrated through the novel’s characters and motives.
yeah, with a particular focus on the role woman play in that culture, Khaled says he thinks of Kite Runner as the relationship between a father and his son and Splendid Suns as the relationship between a mother and her Child. ‘I was fully aware of the Afghan double standard that favoured my gender’ (page ) – Class differences, inhumanity & the role of women.
‘Hassan understood I was just nervous Hassan always understood about me’ (page 53) – Friendship, brotherhood & loyalty. Transcript of The Role Of Women (The Kite Runner) Thesis: Afghanistan The Role of Women in Afghan Society: Chapters 14, 15 and 16 Women must obey strict societal rules that dictate a woman’s behavior towards every male in society.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini pp, Bloomsbury, £ War and the trauma of the Taliban have made Afghanistan an unlikely setting for literary fiction, and have given its writers little.