Friendship And Betrayal In The Kite Runner

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Tushar Luthra
Ms. Kanika Dang
Thesis Paper
10th November 2015
Friendship and Betrayal in The Kite Runner

Martin Luther King Jr., once said “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” The trust a person has may be paramount in his/her relationships, which if broken leaves the person shattered, doubtful and insecure in all aspects of life. As the saying goes, “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from our enemies, it comes from friends and loved ones “(Unknown) .Khaled Hosseini demonstrates friendship and betrayal throughout the novel. It portrays how Hassan always showed his friendship and loyalty towards Amir and how he betrayed him. It also shows how Baba betrayed Ali.
Amir and Hassan grew up together and were very close friends. They played with each other, spent time together, and most importantly Hassan treated him like a brother. He is so loyal to Amir that he would protect him and defend him by all means, even eat dirt if Amir asked him to. He protected Amir from Assef by threatening him with his slingshot and still Amir betrayed him after the kite flying tournament when Hassan was getting raped. This shows how Amir was a coward and Hassan was so loyal.

One day when Amir and Hassan were sitting under a mulberry tree, Hassan knew that a kite was going to land there. Amir got very jealous and angry because of him and decided to toy with him. Amir asked Hassan if he would eat dirt if he told him to.

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