The Kite Runner Essay
In The Kite Runner, the bond between the stories' two central characters is almost identical to the history of the two key groups within Islam, the Sunni and the Shi'a. While, Amir is Sunni and Hassan is Shi'a, one's heirloom of power over the other shows the historical difference among the religious groups. What comes next is a look at how this religious separation shakes up Afghanistan, and then how it has impacted the whole Muslim community. Either way you look at it, one can see how this division is a major part in The Kite Runner. The non–similarities among the Pashtuns and Hazara, is mainly that of the skirmish between the Sunni and the Shi'a groups of Islam. The Pashtuns are typically defined as being Sunni, while the Hazara nearly always stick to the Shi'a branch of Islam. The skirmish is not so much a change among religious holiness, but a change among how each group practices their religion. The Pashtuns want a united Afghan nation, but the Hazaras' religious and verbal connection to Iran's put the two groups into disagreement because the Pashtuns do not have faith in the Hazara to be trustworthy Afghanis.
From viewpoint of a Pashtun, the Hazara are...show more content...
The Shi'a saw the initial decision of electing Abu Bakr to power instead of Ali as an error that had "mired their faith in violence and confusion" (Nasr 37) and they believed spirituality to be found only in the bloodline of Muhammad. Although the Sunni's do not consider the Shi'a true Muslims, it seems more likely that the conflict is more political now than religious, and the Shi'a, with their devotion to a different kind of Islam, threaten those in power because they call into question the religious and political authority of the Sunni Muslim leaders by implying that they are not the rightful leaders of the Islamic
The Kite Runner
For my AP English Summer homework I had to read this book called "The Kite Runner". I really enjoyed the book so I think that you should promote it as a book that everyone in Laurel should read. The reasons for this are: 1. It leaves a great emotional impact, 2. The desriptions of the events are very vivid, and 3. The story has a happy but mysterious ending. The story is about an Amir and his best friend Hassan, who gets raped by a sociopathic bully after refusing to give up a kite he won in a contest. The scene of Hassan being molested really tore me up. His saddened behavior following the attack brought out even more stronger emotion from the audience and even left us holding thoughts of anger toward the main protagonist. Who is names Amir.
The Kite Runner Literary Analysis Essay
The Kite Runner Analysis The expression "riddled with guilt" is a good way to describe the main character's life, Amir, in the book The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is a story about an Afghan boy, Amir, who has many hardships throughout his life as he grows from a boy living in war–torn Afghanistan, to a successful writer living in America. Amir experiences many events that caused him to carry a great amount of guilt throughout his life. So much guilt that it even turned him into an insomniac. He needed to find a way to make amends which would allow him to forgive himself and hopefully, one day, be able to sleep soundly again. Guilt was a main theme that occurred over and over again throughout the story....show more content...
One night he was tossing and turning and said to no one, "'I watched Hassan get raped.' A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear so I wouldn't have to live with this lie anymore...I was the monster...That was the night I became an insomniac." (pg. 86) At that point even being around Hassan was a constant reminder of Amir's failures and that made him angry but feeling angry added even more guilt. In Amir's desperate attempt to get out from under feelings of crushing guilt, he planted his birthday present of a watch and some money under Hassan's mattress and told Baba. "I knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies." (pg.104) But when Hassan replied "yes" to stealing, Amir "flinched, like I'd been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan's final sacrifice for me." (pg. 105) Amir said he loved Hassan in that moment, more than he ever loved anyone but he didn't tell the truth. He remained silent hoping that the stealing would get them fired and he could "move on, forget, start with a clean slate...be able to breathe again." (pg. 106) However, Baba forgave Hassan for stealing, to Amir's complete shock, but Ali insisted they leave anyway and that broke Baba's heart. Amir does move on with his life but doesn't begin to forgive himself or let go of the load of guilt he carried until the story
Theme of The Kite Runner Essay
What is the Theme of The Kite Runner? The Kite Runner was written by Khaled Hosseini and published in 2003. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Hassan, his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's Monarchy, through the Soviet Military intervention, the exile of Pakistan refugees to America, and the rise of the Taliban. The main theme of this book focuses on guilt and redemption. Throughout the novel, Amir is constantly trying to redeem himself. Early on, Amir strives to redeem himself through his father's eyes primarily because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible. The more important part of Amir's search for...show more content...
Though Hassan was his best friend, Amir feelt that Hassan, a Hazara servant, was beneath him. He passively attacked Hassan by mocking and taunting him. Amir never learned how to affirm himself against anyone because Hassan always defended him. All of these factors lead to Amir not being able to stand up for Hassan when he needed him most. One triumphant day, Amir won the local kite fighting tournament and finally earned Baba's praise. Hassan ran to retrieve the losing kite, which was considered a trophy, and told Amir "For you, a thousand times over". When Hassan finally obtained the kite, he was cornered by Assef and his friends. Assef was the neighborhood bully and had tortured Amir and Hassan for years. When Hassan refused to give up the kite, Assef beat and raped him. Amir watched the whole thing but didn't interfe because he didn't want to lose the respect of his father. The guilt ate Amir alive. "That was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty–six years." Soon after the incident, Amir tried to distance himself from Hassan and Hassan and his father eventually leave. A couple years later, Amir and Baba flee to America to escape the war in Afghanistan. Amir graduates and gets married but even after all those years;
The Kite Runner
There are numerous methods to store and present information, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. As a result of this, whenever a creative work is adapted into a new medium, the source material is altered to ensure optimal communication of the original work's ideas. After reading the novel The Kite Runner by Khald Hosseini and analyzing the merits and faults of the film adaptation, it can be concluded that the adaptation deserves praise. This assertion is based on the success of three elements employed by the filmmakers when converting the novel to film, notably, the exclusion of unnecessary plot, the representation of Afghan culture, and the interpretation of major scenes. While there are many reasons to hold this film in high...show more content...
The film The Kite Runner deserves praise because of the representation of Afghan culture. Firstly, both media include situations framed within historical events important to Afghanistan. This includes Amir and Baba's immigration to America corresponding to the Soviet Union's military invasion, as well as Amir's experiences after returning to Afghanistan corresponding to the country's control by the Taliban. Afghanistan's culture is also displayed in both media through the incorporation of Afghan social norms. These include social issues, such as the differences between Pashtuns and Hazaras being shown by contrasting Amir and Hassan, as well as traditions, such as the courting ritual expected before Amir and Soraya's marriage. The final way both pieces of media display Afghan culture is through the inclusion of Afghanistan's official language, Dari. While the novel features a few English words and phrases being replaced by Dari equivalents, the film extends this by having actors perform entire scenes in Dari and providing the English translation. Although additions like subtitles make the work more difficult to consume, the feeling of authenticity provided by the Dari is well worth the cost of including it. Other ways the film outperforms the novel in the representation of Afghan culture include the visual representation of Afghan life through their
Writing In The Kite Runner
Reading and Writing In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini reading and writing symbolize the different social classes. "What does this word mean? Which one? [Said Amir] Imbecile. You don't know what is means? [Amir replied] Nay, Amir agha... [Hassan answered] 'Imbecile.' It means smart, intelligent. I'll use it in a sentence for you. When it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile" (Hosseini 31). This quotation symbolizes the different social classes because it demonstrates that different ethnic groups were less fortunate than others. For example, many Hazara children didn't go to school, as a result Hassan is illiterate. Hazara people are also seen as impure Afghans, due to this Hassan is often bullied by Assef. Many people call Hassan
Kite Runner Title Essay
Based on what I have read so far the title "The Kite Runner" is based on the idea when in the novel Amir talks about the kite–fighting tournament an old winter tradition in Afghanistan in which when a kite is cut, the kite runners come in. The kids run through neighborhoods until it came spiraling down in a field as Amir explains. Amir also explains how Hassan his friend was by far the greatest kite runner he has ever seen, "Over the years, I had seen a lot of guys run kites. But Hassan was by far the greatest kite runner I'd ever seen. It was downright eerie the way he always got to the spot the kite would land before the kite did, as if he had some sort of inner compass."(p 42) So right now the title "The Kite Runner" might resemble Hassan,
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini can be seen as a great book but at the same time one that is too simple and easy. In discussions of The Kite Runner, one controversial issue has been the inner levels of the novel. On one hand, many people believe that the novel is filled with numerous themes that are deep and make one think about the human experience and will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it. On the other hand, there are also many literary critics who contend that opinion and say that the novel is overly sentimental and simplistic. The view I obtained while reading The Kite Runner would be in agreement with the first statement. I also believe that the novel is deep and makes one think...show more content...
And even so, if the reader didn't know anything before reading The Kite Runner they would still learn something, such as the way people treat each other there as they do in America, or the time period when the Russians came in, or as the Taliban took over. After all this the reader could go on to learn more if they want but Hosseini choose to write a story that would enchant the reader and keep him at the edge of their seats.
Had Hosseini chosen to further elaborate on the story he could have only done it through historical content and facts. The plot that he wrote was enough to cover everything, he had figured that his readers coming to his book would already know the story of the exile of King Zahir Shah, of the Soviet invasion and the devastating civil war that followed, and the rise of the Taliban, since he had meant for people to read it when it was published in 2001. Another thing would be how he was vague about the culture and typical life in Afghanistan. Hosseini writes "Now if you were Americans, it wouldn't matter. People here marry for love, family name and ancestry never come into the equation. They adopt that way too, as long as the baby is healthy, everyone is happy. But we are Afghans..." (188). He wrote enough that you could make guesses and he hinted at certain aspects such as customs that are oppressive to women, and the relations between Pashtuns and Hazaras. If you want to know more you would be able to research it on
The Kite Runner
The book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is marked as a must read for many schools. It is not simply a good book, but a book that deeply touches every reader's souls. Hosseini's detailed writing portrays a realistic emotions that can echo with the readers. Everyone has a story of the past that is fresh in your brain and you try to save it. Whether it is for a redemption or aspiration, you become a kite runner. The Kite Runner begins with a flashback to the narrator's childhood in 1975. Amir, the narrator of the book, grew up in the upper class in Afghanistan and were close friends with the son of his house servant, Hassan. They shared a brotherly relationship until the incident at a kite–fighting tournament. Amir desperately wanted...show more content...
Ever since the beginning Amir was the most important person to Hassan. This can be shown through Hassan's first word he said, "Amir". When he grew up he was even willing to "eat dirt" if Amir wanted him to. During the kite–fighting tournament, he was able to win and make Amir be closer to Baba, in sacrifice of his dignity. The reason why Hassan sacrificed so much was fear. He feared that if he did not do so, Amir would not feel his love and leave him. Amir's first word was "Baba", meaning that Baba was the one closest to Amir, so it would not be a surprise if Amir chose to sacrifice Hassan for Baba. From here, we can see that Amir and Hassan held an unequal position in this relationship, leading to an inevitable tragic end. After the death of Hassan, the role of the sacrificer were given to Amir, starting his road of
The Kite Runner Essay
The Kite Runner
Reading for leisure provides valuable insight into the author's imagination or prior experience giving the reader a different perspective on a certain topic or culture. In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, we are introduced into a world of privilege in Afghanistan for the main character, Amir, combated with his best friend and half brother Hassan, their lowly Hazara servant. The two boys were raised together but being a Hazara is seen as an inferior race to many of the other more privileged Afghan boys, in particular a vile aggressive boy named Assef. The novel gets its name from a leisure activity known as kite fighting in Afghanistan in which Amir takes part as the main fighter while Hassan is his kite runner. Amir...show more content...
Amir discovers that Hassan is actually his half brother and in an attempt to relieve the guilt he still feels for not helping Hassan on that sad day, he agrees to help Hassan's son Sohrab despite the successful life he leads in America. When he gets to Afghanistan, Amir is forced to meet with Assef who is a leader of the Taliban and who has Sohrab under his control. A presumed fight to the death ensues where Amir is nearly beaten to death before Sohrab shoots him in the eye with his slingshot. The two are able to retreat back to America where Amir symbolically teaches the quiet Sohrab to fly kites which provides a slight glimpse of hope for the future of everyone still alive. The Kite Runner is a perfect example of how leisure reading can give valuable insight into other cultures while enjoying the stories involved. The first half of the book gives a glimpse of how some cultures contain much more rigid class stratification based on race and the status one is born into. Hassan is born a Hazara servant and even though he is Amir's best friends and unknown to them half brother, he still does all the things a servant is supposed to do such as cleaning and cooking while remaining a loyal friend to Amir. We see that in their culture, it is not appropriate for people of Amir's status to associate so close
The Kite Runner: Summary
One character that interests me is Aysha, or Ash, later on in the novel. What interests me about her character is her determination and her bravery, and her knowledge about healing plants. She really wanted to become a map maker, but due to the fact that she was female, she wasn't allowed to by race rules. Yet only a few days later, she was found onboard, with cut hair and boys' clothing, by two of Zain's crew.
There she told Zain and Quinn that she had snuck onboard overnight, as she knew that Quinn would be chosen. Despite the fact that females onboard were seen as a bad luck charm after a woman lost control of the ship and accidentally steered it into jagged rocks, killing the crew, Quinn was able to convince Zain that she would be great...show more content...
From the beginning of the novel, Quinn was a shy, skinny and weak boy, but he was able to use his small stature to his advantage, ducking and weaving during fights. He also used his great intelligence to help save all of Zain's and Odilon's crew when they were captured by a native tribe. He quickly learned their language and stalled them, giving Ash enough time to free Zain so they could escape.
Then there's Zain. Zain was quite mysterious throughout the novel, and much about his character confused me, but at made him all the more interesting. He was the kings slave prior to the race, yet he had many fighting skills, was an excellent sailor and was quick witted.
Yet another intriguing character was Ira, Quinn's rival. He is probably my least favourite character in the novel, as he is a massive jerk (To say the least!). Ira was another scribe and map maker in the novel, and he constantly bullied Quinn, making fun of his small stature. At the beginning of the novel, in fact, he locked Quinn in the bathing room with no clothes, no light and no heat source, until he was found and rescued by Ajax, Quinn's large, red haired friend. Ajax also taught him how to escape from locked doors by using a sharp stone to unscrew the
The Kite Runner Reflection Essay
They surround him. Filling the sky with color, acting like a moving tapestry as the frames move through the sky. Some are as blue as the most perfect, cloudless day, while others are a green as vibrant as the leaves in spring. Who knew kites could be so beautiful? The children run, happy and joyous as they fight their kites and go to retrieve the ones they have conquered. As the man runs after the kite he had just felled, he too finally feels joy without guilt or remorse. Fetching the kite for the young man in his care, he feels alive again. The man has now started a new chapter in his life and can run wholeheartedly to face it. The only question remains, why did the man feel so much remorse before this moment? Khaled Hosseini answers that question in his novel, The Kite Runner by telling this man's story.
Amir was an extremely privileged boy during his childhood in Afghanistan. As such, Amir did not really have a frame of reference for the feelings of others, mostly his childhood friend Hassan, and was more concerned with reading. After a kite–fighting tournament in the winter of 1975, Amir witnessed the rape of Hassan at the hands of some other boys their age. Rather than take action to help Hassan in the moment or act as a supportive friend to Hassan after this event, Amir instead did everything in his power to get rid of Hassan and his family. All Amir wanted was to remove the object of his guilty conscious from his immediate surroundings. These actions led to Amir's
The Kite Runner Essay
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a remarkable coming–of–age novel describing and revealing the thoughts and actions of Amir, a compunctious adult in the United States and his memories of his affluent childhood in the unstable political environment of Afghanistan. The novel showcases the simplistic yet powerful ability of guilt to influence decisions and cause conflict which arises between Amir's childhood friend and half–brother, Hassan; Amir's father, Baba; and importantly, himself. Difference in class The quest to become "good again" causes a reflection in Amir to atone for his sins and transform into the person of which he chooses to be. The difference in social class causes discrimination and conflict between individuals and...show more content...
Dog meat for the dogs" (277). Viewing the Hazaras as subhuman, allows Assef and the Taliban, the group he identifies with, to easily attempt to annihilate them, in the ways Hitler, "a man with a vision," attempted to rid Germany of the Jews (40). Moreover, wealthy Pashtuns are privy to an education while Hazaras are mostly prone to menial and simple household chores. As a Pashtun living in the wealthy neighborhood known as Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, Amir has the privilege of receiving an education and gaining literacy, while Hassan remains illiterate, cooking and cleaning with his father Ali, in Baba's home. In spite of illiteracy, Hassan's shrewdness can be seen when he finds a plot hole in one of Amir's short stories. Amir himself acknowledges, however, the superior and cold voice within which states, "What does he know, that illiterate Hazara? He'll never be anything but a cook. How dare he criticize you" (34)? The discrimination between Pashtuns and Hazaras is a strong undertone which advertently and inadvertently affects the relationship between Amir and Hassan. The conflict seen in Hassan and Amir's relationship of based, sadly, on unilateral love and exploitation which leads to the terrible crime committed against Hassan. The childhood of both boys is incomplete without the inclusion of the other. From their nativity, their lives have been defined by the presence of the other. "Fed from the same breast" Amir and Hassan share a
The Kite Runner
Recently, my AP Literature teacher assigned our class to read the 2003 novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Candidly, with a full schedule of AP classes and mid–term exams fast approaching, reading this novel was the last thing I wanted to do. However, as I began to read the story of Amir's journey through sin, guild, forgiveness and redemption, I realized the book was about more than just one man's life. The author has written this novel to actively encourage the reader to look at the world in a new way. In reality, the novel is the author's hope for the redemption of his own country, Afghanistan, which has been so cruelly taken over and controlled by the Taliban. And it is also a plea for people the world over to recognize that even though we may look different or speak a different language, we are essentially the same....show more content...
As an 18 year old in the United States, I am able to vote for the first time in the upcoming Presidential election. Prior to reading the novel, I took little interest in the candidates and what they had to say about our country. Of course I watched the debates on television and wrote reports and updates for my AP Government class, but I really didn't seriously reflect on each candidate's words and the potential impact he or she may have on our country and my future. I was focused on the here and now. Graduating from high school and selecting a college were my priorities. This lackadaisical approach to our country's future ended with my reading of The Kite Runner. The novel taught me that in reality people all the world over have the same hopes, dreams and fears as we do in the United States. While they may look different or worship a different god, that does not make a person "evil," regardless of what some political forces wish us to
The Kite Runner Theme Essay
The paper you are about to read is going to be discussing the theme of the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is a story about two boys, which happen to be best friends, that each have to make their own choices about their loyalty to each other and the road they take throughout their lives. However, one fateful night after a kite fighting competition, Amír, the protagonist, makes a decision that changes both of their lives, and that very decision drives the events that follow him throughout his life. The theme of this story is that Amír is searching for redemption with his father and then later as the story progresses, his friend Hássan. The standard which Amír must meet in order to get his redemption from Babá is...show more content...
From the standards he has to meet, to what he does later and finally how important redemption is to the Afghan culture, it really brings out what Amír really stood for and who he really sought redemption from. Making up for his past mistakes, greatly affected how Amír made future decisions, and what actions he took. In retrospect, a great deal of people wish that, "If only I had done this" or "What if I had chosen the other option", what would have come of it. How would the life of myself and the ones affected by that decision have changed. Would it be for the better or for the
Thesis For The Kite Runner
Ms. Kanika Dang
The Kite Runner Thesis Paper
8th November 2015
THE KITE RUNNER THESIS PAPER
'A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss and betrayal. Guaranteed to move even the hardest hearts' (independent). The kite runner has characters that engages the readers and aims to give them, the one of a time experience. The novel revolves around the theme of discrimination, and that being one of the worst things on the face of the earth; it can have a barbarizing effect on ones life.
Khaled Hosseini originally a doctor retired from the field of medicine after the huge success of the novel The Kite Runner. Retired from the field of medicine he came up with two more novels which eventually became the New York Times bestsellers– A Thousand Splendid Suns...show more content...
Reviews of the novel 'The Kite Runner'
The Kite Runner is a gripping and emotional story of betrayal and redemption which touches the hearts of many. It tells the story of Amir and Hassan, the closest of friends, as good as brothers, and also experts in the art of kite flying. The two young boys live in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. In war, people are often forced to make great sacrifices, and the young Amir himself commits an act of betrayal, towards his best friend Hassan no less, which will haunt him for the rest of his life. The theme of discrimination has also been stressed upon in this novel. The best bit about the kite runner is its sense of fate and justice, of good overcoming evil in the end, despite all odds.
Discrimination whether be religious or racial has erupted many large controversies and has impacted the society severely. Discrimination in Afghanistan had led to the fall of their own government which eventually turned their land into a war zone. Therefore the world believes that discrimination whether racial or religious must be stopped once in for
The Kite Runner Essay
"The Kite Runner", it talks about the struggles of the country Afghanistan. This is taken place during 1975 through 2001, and in Kabul, Afghanistan; California, United States. The main character is Amir who is narrating the book also is a gifted writer and loves to read books. His best friend, half–brother and servant is Hassan. He proves his loyalty to Amir by standing up for him and showing bravery. Hassan is also uneducated and stays in a poor environment. Amir is very upset of the attention his father, Baba gives to Hassan. Amir constantly tries to get him to be happy, but no matter what he did, Baba never seemed to be satisfied. Baba thinks there is something missing in Amir, but Rahim Khan responds by saying, "Children aren't coloring books; you don't get to fill them in with your favorite colors." Baba was not satisfied in what son he had, but one day Amir and Hassan were flying kites in a kite tournament, and Amir's Kite and the blue kite were the last ones standing....show more content...
Amir cuts the kite, and Hassan goes running after it. Amir begins to worry where Hassan has gone after a long period of time, so he goes looking for him to see that he is being raped by Assef. Amir doesn't save him, because the kite is the key to win Baba. After that day, Hassan and Amir Friendship was never the same. Hassan and Ali are leaving because they feel that Kabul is not convenient for them anymore. Baba and Amir moves to Fremont, California because the invasion by the Russians. Amir gets a call from Rahim Khan. Rahim Khan is sick and wants Amir to see him, Amir meets him a week later, and Rahim Khan tells Amir about the havoc in Kabul. He says things only got worse after the Soviets were moved out. Now the Taliban rule by violence. He ask Amir for a favor, but first he needs to tell him about Hassan. When Baba and Amir left Afghanistan, Rahim Khan kept an eye on their
The Kite Runner Essay
"There is a way to be good again" (2). This is the line that rolls through Amir's mind over and over throughout Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner. This is the story of a mans struggle to find redemption. The author illustrates with the story of Amir that it is not possible to make wrongs completely right again because its too late to change past. In this novel Hosseini is telling us that redemption is obtainable, and by allowing us to see Amirs thought process throughout the novel, Hosseini shows us that it guilt is the primary motivation for someone who seeks redemption. Hosseini also uses not only the main character, but other secondary characters to show how big of a part that guilt plays in the desire for redemption. In this...show more content...
A past that has been hovering over his life. He gives us the idea that he is not happy with who he has become, and it was his wrong doing that made it that way. Hosseini shows that it is Amirs immense guilt that drives him to want to make things right and to earn redemption. We learn the basis Amir's guilt through his memories. It is caused by a lack of response at a time when his loyal servant and close friend Hassan is in trouble. Amir makes a conscious decision to hide in the distance and just watch, not because he was afraid. He sacrifices Hassan in order to earn his fathers attention and affection. This decision results in Hassan suffering though a traumatic experience and is the root of Amir's lasting regret. At first, Amir does not seek to earn redemption. We know that he is ashamed at what he has done but he prefers to hide his guilt rather than confess and redeem himself right away. After the incident, Amir attempted to avoid Hassan at all costs. Even when Hassan approached him to see if he wanted to go for a walk, like they used to do frequently, Amir refused to go with him and told him to go away (88). He knew that he didn't deserve his friends unwavering love and loyalty. This is just the beginnings of his guilt. We leave Amirs childhood memories and return to the summer of 2001, where Amir and Baba, Amir's father, have moved to America (191). Amir
The Theme Of The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
In this text I am going to analyze The Kite Runner, then I will go on to discuss how the father–son relationship plays an important role in this book.
Facts about the author
Khaled Hossein was born in March 4, 1965, in Kabul, which is the capital of Afghanistan. He is best known as Afghan–American novelist. He began his career with the "The Kite Runner" in 2002. Upon release, it received critical acclaim chiefly for its engaging story of immigration, a father–son relationship and friendship. The book received highly positive reviews from critics and readers. The book became a worldwide success, more than 10 million copies were sold in United States, and more than 38 million copies were sold worldwide. For this wonderful masterpiece,...show more content...
Some of the themes that are used are love and betrayal, redemption and rape and father–son relationship.
Love and betrayal is a theme in the Kite Runner book because Amir loves his father Baba dearly. He thinks Baba loves Hassan more than him. Amir does not intervene when his friend Hassan is about to be raped by Assef and his men. He becomes incredibly selfish, careless and irresponsible after the rape incident. Amir betrays Hassan and feels immense guilt by not intervening in the rape of Hassan. His betrayal of Hassan gets him closer to Baba. When Hassan is killed, his son Sohrab is sent to an orphanage.
The search for redemption is also a theme in the book. Amir tries hard to redeem himself in Baba's eyes, mostly because his mother died giving birth to him, and he truly holds himself accountable for his mother's death. He believes that Baba blame him for his mother's
The Kite Runner
Fight or Flight: How to Prevail in the Face of Adversity When faced with a troubling choice there are two instincts every person and animal has. This set of responses are either fight or flight, coming face to face with adversity will cause someone to pick one of the two instincts. Depending on which one you choose determines wether you fail or prevail when put up against a challenge. In Animal Farm and The Kite Runner the main characters show their tough times and how they did or did not over come them. "These are times that try men's souls." ~Thomas Paine. Firstly, in order to be able to fight and come out on top, there needs to be a plan of action and a leader who is ready to defend its followers. In Animal Farm, the animals want to break away from their owner and run the farm themselves. The only way they could over throw Mr. Jones (who owned the farm) was to band all the animals on the farm together and against Mr. Jones. To be able to succeed on their own they needed to choose some sort of leader. "The...show more content...
In The Kite Runner, when Hassan went to run down the last kite that Amir had cut down he got into trouble with some neighborhood boys. Not giving up the kite Hassan was then sodomized by the boys while Amir watched on. Amir not being sure of himself caused Hassan his fate. Amir goes on to say, "I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan–the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past–and except whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran." (The Kite Runner, 77). He later goes on to say, "I ran because I was a coward." (The Kite Runner, 77). This explains that if one is not comfortable with oneself then you should not rely on them to save you. Amir failed Hassan because he couldn't come to terms with