Finally, the discovery that Hassan and Amir are brothers reinforces the division of the social classes in Afghanistan. Amir, a man desperately seeking redemption and a “way to be good again”, is given the opportunity to finally be at peace. After twenty-six years of guilt and remorse, fate has given him the chance to overcome his fears and fix the mistake he made on the frigid overcast day in the alley. In order to become psychologically cured at last, Amir encounters the man he fears and hates
The story ‘The Kite Runner’, written by Khaled Hosseini, takes place mainly during the war in Afghanistan. After the country became a republic instead of a monarchy, the former Soviet Union invaded the country. Many years later, the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement , seized power in Afghanistan. This was accompanied by intense violence and the consequences were immense. Not only was Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, almost entirely destroyed, but the cost to human life was also huge. The Kite Runner describes the life of Amir. Before the war, he lived in Kabul with his father Baba, their servant Ali and Ali’s son Hassan. Hassan and Ali are from a lower class than Amir and Baba, but Amir and Hassan are best friends regardless.
Amir is the main focus of the novel; it basically starts with his childhood all the way until he’s an adult. He was one of the most wealthy people in Afghanistan, until the Russian’s take over later on. His father, Baba, is very respected by others. Baba never paid much attention to his son, also his honesty with him was very poor. Therefore, Amir would spend most of his childhood with his servant, Hassan.
This “challenges he meets, the mistakes he makes and his final attempt at redemption”(Two Perspectives on Afghanistan” tells the reader about the suffer Amir is reminded and the “horror under the Taliban of the country of his youth”. (Two Perspectives on Afghanistan). “This sets off a series of fictional events that force Amir to face up to the physical cowardice” (Afghanistan’s Next Chapter). After arriving a week later, Rahim tells Amir about the destruction in Kabul. “The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed .”
This leads to the eventual fallout of Amir and Hassan’s friendship. Despite the fact that Ali and Hassan are ethnic Hazaras, they are able to live as servants in Baba’s house due to the close relationship between Ali and Baba that has grown stronger over the years. As well, after the invasion of the Soviet Army in Afghanistan, Baba grows a deep hatred of Russians and their actions in destroying his homeland. Since living conditions become too unbearable in Afghanistan, Baba and Amir have no choice but to flee to America and build up their new lives. Living in a community such as the Wazir Akbar Khan district portrays wealth and success whereas an impoverished community such as Hazarajat is considered loathsome and disgusting.
Since Amir left, Afghanistan has becomed unrecognizable, and it is not the same place as it was before he went to America. Farid’s comment condemns Amir and the fact that he has been living a life of privilege in America while the Afghanis have struggled to survive due to wars, violence and political issues. 2. Amir and Hassan’s friendship is full of complications. Fist, Amir envies Hassan because Baba often favors him and, therefore, Amir feels underapreciated by his father.
In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are some very intriguing comparisons and stark differentiations between the father and son, Hassan and Sohrab. The two are both victims of sexual abuse, they both save Amir from harm, and yet their childhoods and personalities are very different.
Amir adopted the idea that he was above Hassan from the social hierarchy of the Hazaras. Throughout their friendship, Amir’s loyalty is questioned. Amir allowed Hassan to sacrifice himself, which showed how different the boys thought about each
He is the first person to read and praise Amir’s stories, something that has great impact on Amir. Through simple yet genuine remarks, Rahim is able to “encourage [Amir] to pursue writing [more] than any compliment” has done, indicating the value of his words in Amir’s eyes, and the strong bond that the two share (Hosseini 14). As Amir transitions into adulthood, Rahim’s role in the friendship shifts into someone who must push Amir to do what is best. He understands that the only way to convince Amir to go back to Afghanistan is through painful reminders of the past, demonstrated through telling Amir that “there is a way to be good again”, and by questioning Amir’s courage, accusing Amir of being a “man who can’t stand up to anything” (Hosseini 2, 233). In contrast, Rahim also exhibits a sense of tenderness and caring when needed.
Amir is a Pashtun boy which means he is the majority in the country. Hassan is an Hazara boy which means he is a minority and are most likely servants to the Pashtuns. Hassan and his dad Ali are servants to Amir and Baba. Hassan and Amir are also best friends. In the winter, Hassan and Amir play in a kite running competition.
In The Kite Runner, father-son relationships play a big component in shaping the story. The relationship between a father and a son is how Hosseini writes to show the complex bond between father and son to demonstrate the necessity of a loving and caring fatherly figure. There are multiple father-son relationships in The Kite Runner, they include; Baba and Amir, Baba and Hassan, Ali and Hassan, Hassan and Sohrab, and Amir and Sohrab. However, the biggest father-son relationship throughout the novel is between Baba and Amir. The relationship between Baba and Amir is not your typical father-son relationship and the novel centers upon it.
He resists for Amir whom he loves with his whole heart. Amir witnesses this struggle, but he does nothing; he runs away since “he was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini 77). Amir has always believed, deep down, that his father favored Hassan, a Hazara, the dirt of Afghan society, over him, his own son. Seeing Hassan reduced to that level of baseness is perversely satisfying for him.