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Social Supriority

on Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:32 pm
The creation of social superiority brings catastrophic disaster to Hassan and Amir’s life. Born in a reputed family, Amir was raised with applause and high expectation. He lived in the big mansion while his little Hazara servant, Hassan, live in the shabby hut nearby. The feeling of superiority rooted in Amir’s mind.
As all his neighbors and teachers stated, Hazara is unworthily and stupid. Some extremist as Assef even thinks it is necessary to genocide the whole species of Hazara. We could tell from the book that Amir fulfilled with ambivalent struggle. His Baba treats Hassan like his second son and purchases equal presents for the two boys. Hassan also treats Amir like his dear master, he can risk everything, even his life for Amir. However, Hassan will never become Amir’s friend since this superior in social status is what builds up Amir’s self-confidence and his motivation.
Living under such role-model, Baba, Amir suffered from high-expectation to be manly and always urged for his Baba’s attention. He knows that he often disappointed his dad while Hassan always meet certain expectations. Amir tried to show his “superior” in identity and ability through humiliating illiterate Hassan and challenging his loyalty.
In my own opinion, the reason Amir didn’t save Hassan from rape is not only because of his cowardice but also because he thinks if he saves Hassan, he will lose his “superiority” by over-caring his servant and being friends with such “inferior” race. He didn’t want to lose his dignity. There is also a little part of his heart, beside guilty, felt a little bit satisfied. I think some part of Amir wants to punish Hassan for his smartness, for his talents and for stealing his Baba.
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Re: Social Supriority

on Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:38 pm
I agree with your opinion, the disparity between Amir and Hassan in social status is really a wide gap. The living standard of Amir and Hassan determines that they will never become “real friends”.
However, the history of Baba and Ali influence Amir and Hassan to become “brothers”. When Baba bought the same gift for Hassan, Amir is absolutely going to be jealous for Baba’s behavior, because Baba is buying for a servant’s kid, which might not happened in any other family. Thus, Amir don’t want to risk himself for a Hazara servants, and also want to use Assef to punish Hassan for stealing Baba
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Re: Social Supriority

on Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:43 pm
Notice that the story took place in Afganistan, and there was the status differences there, so it is obvious that this kind of discrimmination appeared long time ago, which meant that this was part of the human nature.
The first events that really was a social status differentation began at the Civil War in US, and this was because of the status of the slaves, but with the money being invented and used broadly, this kind of differnetation began to change into how much money people had. Thus, whether human have the intention to change this kind of discrimmination, the social status will continue to maintain in any kinds of form.
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Re: Social Supriority

on Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:56 pm
I agree most of your arguments. However, I cast doubt on the point that "Hassan will never become Amir's friend". In fact, they already began to show the bond of friendship before the "nightmare" after the kite tournament: the carve on the pomegranate tree trunk. For Amir, it is not, or not only the superiority in social status that builds up Amir's self-confidence. Instead, Hassan brought him encouragement (the praise of the book that Amir was reading & Amor's writing), which Amir could hardly get from his Baba. This is why Amir regards him as a companion who can be shared emotions and is able to listen to the sound of his heart.
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