Which is why it is so important for him the win the kite running contest. Amir 's desire to please his father leads him to awful event that stays with him the rest of his life, Hassan getting raped. When Amir is contemplating helping Hassan he states, “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). At the moment all Amir can think about is getting the kite to show Baba and seeing him proud, he wants to help but is young and conflicted.
Eventually, after Baba's death, Amir got to prove that wrong. But as alienated as Amir felt from Baba as a child and an adult, Amir came to be much the same as his father. “As it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I'd ever known. We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us” (226). While this is a negative declaration, it can also be seen in a positive light.
The worst pain in the world is the betrayal of a friend. This can be said about two boys raised in Kabul. Despite coming from different social standings, portraying strikingly different characteristics, and leading contrasting lives, the novel, “The Kite Runner,” written by Khaled Hosseini describes how the relationship between Hassan and Amir still remained unbreakable. Friendship is a strong bond that can occur between seemingly similar individuals or people who contrast each others personalities. Amir and Hassan were born into two different social classes that warred against each other for years.
In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini writes an impactful novel, showing the brutality Afghanistan goes through as power is corrupted in the country. However, Hosseini also explores the theme of authority that family has over others and how dark feelings can rule people’s lives. Power is depicted in three different ways in the novel: the Taliban’s rule over Afghanistan, Baba’s pull on Amir, and the guilt Amir feels over himself. To begin, the most obvious form of absolute power in the novel is the Taliban in Afghanistan. After Russia is defeated, the Taliban emerge as the heroes; although they have dark intentions with the power, following the path of many organizations throughout history.
This is because Amir is the main reason Hassan got raped and if he had got someone’s help to rescue him, then Hassan would have never been assaulted in the first place. However, Amir’s selfish ambition of proving his worth to this dad resisted his urge to try to help Hassan as he wants to able to take the kite home safely. Moreover, Amir presumes that his betrayal towards Hassan is like a curse in his life since he will not be able to forgive himself for this deception or free himself from the guilt that has taken over his
This will be portrayed by the different characters throughout the novel. Fistrly, In his work, Khaled follows the maturation of Amir, an Afghan boy, who was forced out of his country due to unrest. The protagonist, Amir, has an affluent life with his father, Baba, and their servants Hassan and Ali. During their early life, Amir and Hassan are inseparable friends and always engage in kite fighting tournaments. It is during this time that Hassan set to run the losing kite after Amir had won the tournament only to be trapped at the end of an alley by three boys, Assef, Kamal and Wali.
Amir is the kite fighter, and Hassan is the kite runner (the one who catches the defeated kite after it falls from the sky), famed for his ability to know where the kite will fall without even looking. When Amir becomes tournament champion for the very first time, and earns his father’s respect he has longed for, Hasan get bullied and raped by Assef, who bullied Amir because of his friendship with Hassan. Having witnessed his friend being raped and yet too afraid to help him or act, Amir is incapable of facing Hassan. Thus, he fakes an accusation of Ali which leads to him being dismissed from the house by Baba, in attempt to get rid of the guilt he feels towards his
The Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini that revolves around the friendship of Amir, the son of a rich Pashtun, and Hassan, the son of a poor Hazara. The story also focuses on Amir’s guilt after witnessing an act of violence against Hassan that he does nothing about and his path to redemption following this event. Though the novel covers many themes, the most prevalent one is that searching for redemption plays a major role in the rest of one’s life. This is shown multiple times throughout the story, both in the narrative and in literary devices such as irony and metaphors. Firstly, the theme of redemption majorly affecting one’s life is expressed through irony during Hassan’s rape.
In line 35, the writer was comparing himself to a soldier. The feeling he had, is like or similar to the soldier’s when heading off to war. Those feelings include fear, terror and excitement. The writer was then feeling fearful, terrified as well as excited to go to the kite fighting tournament. The writer continues even in line 37 using personification.
Aldrich amese said,” The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies “. Well this quote is actually very true and when friendship turns into betrayal, it is really a very sad and a sorrowful experience. It is mostly seen that the betrayal comes between two friends when one or the other shares a personal information or a secret with a third party which one wanted to be kept confidential. In ‘The Kite runner’ the friendship between Hassan and Amir turned into the disintegration of relationships when Hassan gave a number of sacrifices for his friend, but when he himself was in trouble and was getting raped, Amir didn’t try to protect him or fight for him. Instead he just watched him getting raped with was really sad and after this incident their friendship seemed one sided.
Lastly, Amir sacrifices his life to accommodate for Sohrab, Hassan’s son, after being taken by the Taliban. Amir resembles Baba because he too takes up redemption for the awful things he did. He understands the great danger Sohrab is in. He risks his life to help Sohrab; this shows loyalty to Hassan. Even though Sohrab is not Hassan saving his son shows that Amir is loyal to him.
If Amir did end up helping Hassan, then he would have been thanked by everyone, but instead Amir is faced with the sight of that scene forever. Amir’s passion was to be loved and applauded by Baba, but his moral obligation was to help his best friend. Turning away from his best friend just exemplified how he was scared and intimidated and that is the worst way to act going through life. The main lesson to take out of Hosseini’s quote is to make the decision that will be the most beneficial to the future because just by one wrong decision, life can go a whole different
Whenever the attack first started Amir was there watching. He could have ran away, and at least gotten help. He also could have just jumped in and taken Hassan’s place. When Amir and Hassan are competing in the kite flying competition Hassan says this as he is going get the kite they cut down,“For you a thousand times over.”(Hosseini 67) This quote is very powerful because it
His love for him as a friend is selfless, leaving the two inseparable. When winter arrives, Amir and Hassan participate in the kite flying tournaments; a tournament where boys compete against each other, using glass covered strings to cut eachothers lines. Once a line is cut, the winning team runs after the kite to redeem it as their
Stereotyping: Society’s Downfall Society has created several stereotypes for the different races and religions in America. These stereotypes are crippling the United States as a nation (Racial Profiling). Alongside these stereotypes comes racial profiling. Highly affected races and religions are African Americans, Asians, and Muslims. When a Muslim is titled a terrorist or an African American is labeled as a thug, society generalizes that group of people and says that is what the entire group of people are.