Global Perspectives Assignment – The Kite Runner

Global Perspectives Assignment – The Kite Runner

We watched a bit of the movie ‘The Kite Runner’ today. The major themes we will consider for our discussion are –  class issues (both cultural and socio-economic); fear serving as a motivator; the role of religion and revenge; alienation and immigration.

Here are some excerpts from the book that might help. Try to associate each of these excerpts with a theme and explain your choice. 

"Perspective was (is) a luxury when your head was (is) constantly buzzing with a 
swarm of demons." 
"Afghans abhor customs but cherish rules." (p. 52)
"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie." (p. 58)
"In the end, the world always wins. That's just the way of things." 
"For me America was a place to bury memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his." 
"Baba loved the idea of America. It was living in America that gave him an ulcer."
“America was different. America was a river roaring along, unmindful of the 
past. I could wade into this river, let my sins drown to the bottom, let the 
waters carry me someplace far.” 
"Afghans like to say: Life goes on, unmindful of beginning, end...crisis or catharsis, moving forward like a slow, dusty caravan of kochis [nomads]." 
Do bring your ideas to the next class. A brief update on the history of Afghanistan might help.
Please do not resort to using the internet for the above mentioned assignment, I am interested
in your views only.


							
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