Khaled Hosseini's 'The Kite Runner'

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Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner tracks the journey of a young boy named Amir through his adult life, while having Afghanistan’s history set as a backdrop to his story. Throughout the novel Afghanistan’s history plays an important part of the stories development, and allows for the characters to develop in a effortless way. The main character in the story Amir, parallels Afghanistan’s history throughout the course of the novel. Although there are many similarities between the too, their are also many differences, the book also helps develop Amir as the main symbol for Afghan history as well as Afghan beliefs. Throughout the novel Amir struggles to once again find himself due to Hassan’s rape. He believes that he is not worthy of the happiness…show more content…
With each new change in power, something of significance happens in Amir’s life. Once Afghanistan over throws it’s king, and puts in place a new president, Amir losses Hassan, the one constant thing in his life. Losing Hassan so early in his life impacts Amir in a negative way, throughout the rest of the book we are never told about any of Amir’s new friends in America, or that he even made any. This is due to the fact that his relationship with Hassan was the most important relationship in his life, when he lost that no other relationship was as significant. When the Communists took over Afghanistan Amir and Baba left for a new life in America. This trip symbolizes a new beginning, seeing as Amir and Baba’s relationship blossomed and they both were able to renounce the expectations that Afghanistan had set for them prior to them leaving. Amir also met his wife, Soraya during this time. His relationship with his wife is one of importance, because this is the first new relationship that Amir has made throughout the book. Soraya is the first outsider that Amir has let into his life since that winter seeing as she is the only person that Amir has told about the rape. These relationships help set up Amir for his relationship with Sohrab, without fixing or creating the relationships in his life Amir was not developed enough to create the upcoming relationship…show more content…
Both Amir and Afghanistan lost people of significance to them, and while Amir regained that person Afghanistan never did. Each group that came to power in Afghanistan 's history brought with them new beliefs and ideas, as did the people in Amir’s life. Amir changes his beliefs and ideas throughout the course of the book, looking towards religion for the first time in his life treating it as his anchor to
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