Essay title: The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini begins in the 1970s in Kabul, Afghanistan, when the country is in a time of an ending monarchy. The main character, Amir, is the son of wealthy Afghanistan business man, and his playmate, Hassan, the son of his father's houseman, Ali. Hassan is a Hazara and Amir is a Pashtun, which makes them from different social classes. The author has undoubtedly stirred my emotions and I admit that I did cry several times.
I think that this was the author's objective; this is an appeal to emotion, one of the fallacies of propaganda. Propaganda is a message or an idea that persuades the audience to change their perspectives in one way or another. There are many faces of propaganda but this to my knowledge is one that is easy to recognize. I ‘m not saying I didn’t like The Kite Runner, the author had me after the first chapter and then I couldn’t put it down. However I am naïve when it comes to politics and propaganda, so at first I didn’t even consider this book a form of persuasion. But as I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that The Kite Runner is just that. There are many oversimplifications and stereotypes, even if they may be from a reality-based ideology.
The ethnic group of the Hazara and the Pashtun is not entirely developed. Amir was always referred to as a Pashtun but the background of the Pashtun isn’t fully touched upon. The narrator only focuses on the Mongolian-like physical features of the Hazara’s, and because of this diversity, they are considered a more lowly class than Pashtuns. They are commonly viewed as an outsider; only being fully accepted into society to be servants for wealthy Pashtuns like Amir, and his Baba. Assef, the hated and much renowned bully in Kabul who just happens to worship Hitler and his beliefs of ethnic-cleansing, is a stereotype.
I loathed him when reading this novel, but in every story there has to be the “good guy” and the “bad guy,” which are also labels. Of course there always has to be two goons backing the bully; Wali and Kamal in this case. Assef portrayed the perfect evil character; the child raping, Hitler-worshipping racial-supremacist! It’s a given to hate this guy, he is committing the ultimate crime that everyone disgusts.A short history: the meaning of propaganda significantly changed after Hitler had continuously used it to gain power and control over his audiences. The term was and still is linked with words like evil and manipulative. However all propaganda is not evil and misleading. Every business uses propaganda, how else would they make money? The key word here is persuasion and it depends on how you use it.
Hitler perverted the term propaganda to the point that some people still do not want to be associated with the word.The largest propaganda technique that I recognized was Appeal to Emotion;.