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Date QW Written: May 6, 2015
In Hosseini’s interpretation of Afghanistan thoroughly highlights the irony of Afghanistan’s class system. The class system if essentially based on religion; it oppresses those who are Hazaras. Hosseini continuously mocks the system and uselessness of instilling a sense of superiority when those who are seen as inferior are actually better than those who are superior.
Amir and Baba represent the priveleged social class, those with money and status. Yet, Hosseini paints a picture of dissatisfaction in the two’s lives. Amir is not satisfied with his relationship (or rather the lack of a relationship) with his father while we later learn that Baba lived through his illustrious life carrying a burden of guilt. While everyone is seen as admiring of Baba and Amir’s lifestyle, we as readers do not have the same perspective because we see the suffering of those who have everything.
On the other hand, while we should expect the lives of Hassan and Ali as the lives of unhappiness and dissatisfaction due to their low social class, Hosseini nulls our expectations by making the duo live the happier lives. Hosseini highlights their lack of possessions and wealth but when this is juxtaposed with Amir and Baba’s immense wealth, we see the negative effects of materialism. Ali was forgiving and passive while Hassan was the epitome of purity, yet they are of the lower class.
Even Amir was aware of this when he was indignant of how Hassan was able to pin-point the irony in Amir’s story of the man and the onion. Amir could not accept Hassan’s intelligence due to Hassan being “just a Hazara.”
Hosseini successfully inllustrates the flaws of Afghanistan’s class system through the irony in Amir’s life. Hosseini’s story supports the belief that not all who are rich are happy and that not all of the happy are rich.