String of Relationship in the Sky of Multiculturalism: A Reading of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner
Keywords:Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, Social Space, Human Behaviour.
This paper proposes how the relationship that exists between different characters in his novels is experimented in diverse conditions and the characters are tested and tried to discover their unique paths of assimilation with their loved ones to the completion of their circle. Despite the spatial differences, each character is connected with a string of bond which portrays the ‘similarity’ of difference, yet humanity in need of understanding. The physical space and emotional space of Baba’s beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district is contrasted with the shack of Hassan and Ali breaks the dichotomy of contentment and dissatisfaction. Simultaneously with the diversity of multiculturalism it creates fantasies of escape from ideological and cultural divisions altogether. Interconnected relationship and affections blur the ethnic, social, geographical and economic variances in individual.The characters all experience a personal journey for love in their own way through their words and actions. The genetic ties to the geographies of privilege, ethnic difference and social status often challenged through the personal affinity. Troubled relationship like Baba and Amir, or an enigmatic friendship like Amir and Hassan or passive bond like Ali and Hassan or even a romantic relationship like Amir and Soraya are circulating the web of ontology. Relationship, assimilation and struggle of people cross path with desperate societies resulting a relief from haunting memories. The longing for love and to be loved draw the characters to find the web of their completeness and ultimately that give them the strength to fight back with their vulnerabilities , surpass their limitations, and eventually to purify their guilt through overwhelming acts of self-sacrifice.
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