While rereading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, I came across a quote that I felt should be shared here. Before that I will give a short intro to the book with no spoilers.
Now the story is set in Afghanistan, during the time the Taliban takes over. There are two boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is from a wealthy family. Hassan is the ‘servant boy’ although he isn’t treated like that. They grow up together, running kites and playing games. But we see how fortunate one is, and how unfortunate the other is. Amir goes to school and is literate. Hassan is not. Amir lives in a massive house. Hassan lives in a small hut.
Amir keeps hoping to be loved by his father, Hassan’s father’s world revolves around Hassan.
They both lost their mothers at a very young age. Amir’s mother died giving birth to him, Hassan’s mother left him a week or so after giving birth to him.
Hassan’s words, “for you, a thousand times over” keeps haunting the reader through out the story. He slaves behind Amir not because he feels its his duty to do so but because his love for Amir runs deeper than one could imagine.
“Never mind that to me, the face of Afghanistan is that of a boy with a thin-boned frame, a shaved head, and low-set ears, a boy with a Chinese doll face perpetually lit by a harelipped smile.
Never mind any of those things. Because history isn’t easy to overcome. Neither is religion.
In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi’a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
I feel the quote is important because it shows that people may grow up together, love each other and yet, at some point religion, race and ethnicity matter. We may try to deny it, but our beliefs, especially when they vary, will change things.