The Kite Runner QW 5: Violence

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Date QW Written: May 11, 2015

Prompt: (TBA)


Violence is inevitable in human life. It is one of the constants of the living experience and inescapable, whether we are victims, perpetrators or viewers of acts of violence. Violence is used by Hosseini to show how human beings can glorify themselves as civilizations with achievements and stratification of classes but never escape the animalistic instinct of violence. 

For example, Hosseini juxtaposes violence with the human idea of social stratification to display the irony in the way humans believe they are humans when are actually just humans. One of Baba’s achievements and legacies was the story of his violent encounter with a bear. The most apparent use of violence in Hosseini’s story was the Taliban’s usage of violence to execute those they deemed unfit, such as Hassan, and they also used displays of violence to scare the public, such as the stoning of a man Amir witnesses near the latter part of the novel. 

Violence is fearsome and effective. Despite those who naively believe otherwise, violence is more effective than other persuasion tactics. This is a result of the human fear of  pain and the natural instinct to avoid it. Hosseini highlights how futile it is for humans to try to civilize themselves and self-evolve when they can never escape the cruelest instincts of their existence, which is inevitable due to them being humans. 

However, Hosseini also addresses how violence not only inflames anger but also sates the soul. It was only through violence in which Amir was able to recognize and accept redemption. He was essentially liberated by the same violence that encaged him in guilt in the first place. Through this unexpected turn, Hosseini makes the reader realize that even if humans miraculously escape the negatives of violence, violence would find ways to remain constant in our lives. 

Score: 18

Note: It’s good to see not only my grammar change (improve) but also my thoughts on violence. A year can really change the views of a person.


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