The Kite Runner

Chapter 15

What is the significance of Rahim Khan's story about the soccer game?

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Rahim Khan described how the Taliban was terrorizing Afghanistan, though they had been received initially as heroes. Once, at a soccer game, a man next to him cheered too loudly. A Taliban pistol-whipped Rahim Khan, thinking he had made the noise. This speaks to the Taliban's indiscriminant enforcing of their belief systems on the public. It also speaks to the idea that the Taliban simply like to instill fear amongst the population.