Even if one does follow what the society say Later in life, they always realize what went wrong in their relationship from their mistakes. So did Amir in " The Kite Runner". In the end he realizes how much love he actually had for Hassan, who turned out to be his illegitimate brother. Then, all he could do was look at Hassan in the Polaroid picture given by Rahim Khan and whisk back to the good old days when the two lads spent time reading and listening to stories, climbing up the hills and best of all, flying and chasing kites. Amir realized his mistake and goes back to Afghanistan to get Hassan 's son, Sohrab.
The first character foil they have is their personalities, Amir and Hassan have very distinct personalities and they show especially early in the book. Amir is not brave and Hassan seems to be, in the book when Hassan was getting raped by Assef Amir just stood there and watched. He didn’t stop because he was too much of a coward. Amir could've stopped the tragedy that had happened to his friend but he did nothing. Hassan on the other hand was offered to be let free if he gave away the kite but refused and that shows his braveness and loyalty.
As a result, he struggles with his true identity. His father wants him to stand up for his friends, but the religion stops him from helping Hassan because he is not a Pashtun. After running away from the incident that happened to Hassan, Amir says, “I finally had what I’d wanted all those years. Except now that I had it, I felt as empty as this unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.”(P.85) Amir’s religion contradicts with his father’s belief. Amir regrets that he took the advantage of Hassan in order to please his father, and realizes that he does not deserve getting approved by Baba.
“If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me - but then he’d buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I’d wished he wouldn’t do that. Wish’d he’d let me be the favourite.”, yearning for superiority, when knowing that he doesn’t deserve it only fattens the bear that he fights. Jealousy is Amirs god given peril, for that he might never be as good as his Hazara servant. Granted, Amir never admits openly to being at ease with his self loathing, yet being granted redemption, even after centuries have passed, would strip Amir of his essence.
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.
According to Ahang, during those times, Afghanistan was dominated by Pashtoons, where Hazaras were deprived of owning real estates, land and social rights and were treated with violence enforcing a real ethnic cleansing in Afghanistan (2010). Because of this reason, Amir in no other way had to gradually draw difference between them. He refuses to help Hassan being victimized by Assef because he thinks Hassan is the lamb he had to slay to win Baba because Hassan was just a Hazara, (77). Deep in the mind of Amir, he thinks Hassan is illiterate, a servant and a hare-lipped Hazara. In addition, Amir accuses
The story shows Amir trying to redeem himself from his childish and cowardly acts of the past as he becomes more selfless and braver. Baba was another round character. Although, at first, he seems like a great, untouchable figure that could wrestle bears, he becomes more human-like and ordinary when he moved to America. Before, he had a very high social standing, and he seemed like he could achieve anything. However, after going to America, he drops to the bottom of the social ladder and now works at a gas station.
Irony is found in many ways of literature, and the book The Kite Runner is one of them. The protagonist, Amir is witness of a terrible crime being committed to his friend, but Amir does nothing to stop it from happening. Hosseini uses this situation in the book to show how Amir was acting selfish. This act of selfishness leads to guilt later on. According to (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-kite-runner/themes.html) “Amir becomes exactly the sort of coward Baba worried Amir would become” (1).
Ali and Hassan belongs to an ethnic minority called Hazaras, while Amir and Baba are Pashtuns. Baba’s close friend Rahim Kahn is often present in their home.
The triangle between the males seems to be most impacted by Hassan. One day at the kite running race, as Hassan is running down Amir’s kite, he encounters Assef and two other boys. As Hassan is maliciously abused and raped, Amir watches him in shock and runs away thinking; “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel.