The Kite Runner

Examine the speech of the soldier carefully. How does Hosseini use language to convey the aggressiveness of the soldier’s attitude?

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His language is disturbing. It is overtly sexual and offensive. We know the soldier's aim is to taunt Hassan because he is a Hazara, “One of them saw us, elbowed the guy next to him.....The way he grinned at us, leered, scared me." The taunt is done in malice and involved sexual relations with Hassan's mother. The soldier's attitude represents the reprehensive and cruelly cavalier way "half-breeds" or Hazaras are treated. The undertone to the soldier’s comment holds the threat of rape and violence to it. It isn't until later in the darkness of the movie theatre when Hassan breaks down and cries.