The  novel The
Kite Runner SS2 presents many important messages, one
of them being about beliefs and religion. This novel takes place in Afghanistan
which distinguishes class by culture. The Hazaras, who are looked down upon by
society and mistreatedSS3 , and, the Pashtuns who are wealthy
and well respected in the community. The novel provides the message that
“Beliefs can act as a light for one to see clearly, but it is always mistaken
for what should be seen”. In the novel The
Kite Runner, Amir, the protagonist, takes his eyes off what society says
about Pashtuns and Hazaras and looks at the whole picture. This is when he
realizes that what he was told, and he believed was not fully correct. Amir
realizes the way he treated Hassan and acts wisely to redeem and free himself
from the guilt. The novel The Kite Runner
portrays the implicit message that in order for society to end discrimination,
they have to distinguish between belief and reality.

“When I
was in fifth grade, we had a mullah who taught us about Islam. … “He told us
one day that Islam considered drinking a terrible sin; those who drank would
answer for their sin on the day of Qiyamat, Judgment Day.” – Amir … “Now, no
matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is
theft. Every other sin is a variation to theft.” – Baba (Chapter 3, Pg 13)SS4 

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In this quoteSS5 , Baba tells Amir about how not
everything the mullah (the teacher) says about religion is correct. Earlier
this chapter, when Amir learns about sins and what they are in his religion, he
goes and questions Baba about his habit of drinking. This is when Baba lets
Amir know that the only sin is the sin of theft (this means, by killing someone
you are stealing someone’s parent, child, uncle etc.). Baba sees Amir being
influenced by the society and is learning what is not correct and can have a
confusion in what he should believe and what he shouldn’t. Baba lets Amir know
what really a sin is and how what the mullah says can be deceiving.

“That night, we were lying on our
beds, watching a talk show on TV. Two clerics with pepper gray long beards and
white turbans were taking calls from the faithful all over the world. One
caller from Finland, a guy named Ayub, asked if his teenaged son could go to
hell for wearing his baggy pants so low the seam of his underwear showed.
(Chapter 22, Pg 281) … “The mullahs decided that Ayub’s son would go to hell
after all for wearing his pants as he did. They claimed it was in the Haddith.”
                 SS6 (Chapter 22, Pg 282)

In these quotes, SS7 Amir is now old and is currently in
an hotel room with Sohrab. This is when Amir sees the argument on television if
the boy would be going to hell or not. This scene describes how there are
critics in religion and make decision like they are a big part of that culture.
Later, Amir does not pay attention, SS8 because he sees “people” judging if
Ayub would go to hell and the reality is that Ayub did not do any sin and this
is because he didn’t hurt anyone, SS9 do anything illegal, etc. Ayub is
being the main topic of a conversation about if he would go to hell or not for
wearing his clothes the way he likes. This scene shows that beliefs are often
hard to not accept because the number of individuals already believing in the
topic can be more than the ones disagreeing. This puts individuals in an
ethical dilemma whether to believe what is told or not to.

 

 

 

“Earlier, at the gravesite in the
small Muslim section of the cemetery, I had watched them lower Baba into the
hole. The mullah and another man got into an argument over which was the
correct ayat of the Koran to recite at the gravesite. It might have turned ugly
had General Taheri not intervened. The mullah chose an ayat and recited it,
casting the other fellow nasty glances. I watched them toss the first shovelful
of dirt into the grave. Then I left. Walked to the other side of the cemetery.”
– Amir               SS10  (Chapter 13, Pg 150)

 

In this quoteSS11 , Amir talks about Baba’s funeral and how the mullah and another person got SS12 into an argument about one of the phrases in the holy book –SS13  Koran. This quote is another example of how beliefs are created by
society and can be different from what reality is. Instead of providing peace
and respect to Amir and Baba’s death they decide to argue which disturbs Amir
since he is already upset about the situation. The two people did not see the
current situation and argued about what they believed the phrase was, and once
the argument was over because of General Taheri, the mullah gave disgustingSS14  looks to the other person. This shows beliefs are an outcome of someones
argument about religion and can be different than reality (in reality the only
thing needed was peace and compassion for Baba).

 

 

Beliefs can often SS15 be confused from reality because of the society’s perspective on each
other. When a lot of individuals believe the same thing, it makes that topic
difficult to distinguish whether it should be accepted, SS16 or it is just a story made by society. The novel Kite runner demonstrates
this in many scenes, when Baba (Amirs’ SS17 father) tries to explain to Amir about how the reality is different than
what religion says. The fact that beliefs are not always true is shown when two
religion teachers argue on television about if Ayub would go to hell after his
death because of him wearing his pants low, this event shows that the beliefs
are mainly made by society and blinds the believer from reality. It is also
SS18 demonstrated at Baba’s funeral when two individuals argue on what is the
correct phrase to recite from the Koran. Beliefs act as a light in the dark
room for one to see but is not what you
see.

 

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