Question by Chris Oh: How is the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, an awakening for western civilization?
To whomever read the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, how is this novel an awakening for western civilization?
Answer by Catzeyes
The Western world is shielded from many of the horrors which occurred in Afghanistan during the time in which was set. Many instances, such as Hassan’s rape, the scenes which show a woman being stoned to death and the severity of the abuse which causes Sohrab to make a suicide attempt, among others, are events that are quite alien to Western civilisation. Whilst we may hear of such events, we do not like to dwell on them for their awfulness, yet ‘The Kite Runner’ explains them clearly which opens a western reader’s eyes to such catatrophic events.
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