Amir was unable to love Hassan because society internalized racial prejudice into him. Hassan loved Amir unconditionally , despite his unfair treatment, because his socioeconomic status made injustice appear acceptable. Baba contributed to inhumanity by placing appearances in front of his love for Amir while in Afghanistan. Once Baba and Amir left, however the heavy curtain of expectations were lifted and Baba focused on what was truly important, loving Amir. Amir redeemed himself not loving Hassan by differences aside with Sohrab and treating him like a son.
In the beginning of the novel, Baba was seen as a hero and a courageous person because he was always helping others and lived by his own moral code, but once his secret was out and Amir realizes that Baba was filled with remorse, Amir saw him differently. To Amir, his childhood seemed like a lie but at the same time, made more sense. An example from the novel is in chapter 18, when Amir says; “How could I have been so blind? The signs had been there for me to see all along [...] I remembered the day we were planting tulips, when I had asked Baba if he’d ever consider getting new servants. Hassan’s not going anywhere, he’d barked.
He wish that he can use the slingshot to scare away Assef to protect Amir. Hassan did this does not show he was a brave person. “I had to strain to hear the fear that I knew hid under that calm voice.” (Hosseini, 46) He was scared at the time. Yet he can do anything for Amir as long as protect Amir from not getting any hurt. “Amir Agha won the tournament and I ran this kite for him.
Atticus and Hassan are the two role models in each novel acting as the people who stand up for their ideology. Atticus is known as the role model of Maycomb, all of his neighborhood look at him as the leader of respect and honesty. On the other hand Hassan is treated horribly by his brother Amir. Although Hassan is right at all times, he agrees with Amir
This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel. The third person in this party is Hassan, as he seems to be the person both Amir and Baba bring into their problems. Both father and son neglect their issues and look towards Hassan as their way out. Baba see’s Hassan as his “perfect son figure” and he uses him to forget about the disappointment that Amir is to him. Amir uses Hassan to get Baba’s attention in a way.
Amir-Hassan: They are half-brothers; Hassan is loyal to Amir even after Amir betrays him. Amir-Baba: Amir wants respect from his dad; Baba keeps the secret that Hassan is also his child. Amir-Rahim Khan: Rahim Khan is like a father to Amir; He loves the books of Amir and supports him. Baba-Rahim Khan: Best friend; Business
The tree represents good times and the bad times. The pomegranate tree was where Hassan an d amir went during the strongest time in their friendship. Amir read the story Rostam and Sohrab to Hassan a thousand times. Even though he read it so many times he read it to Hassan for his birthday because he loved him. The pomegranate tree represented peace for the most part.
The tree was full of fruit, just as their friendship was full and rich. The friendship between Hassan and Amir changed after Hassan was raped and Amir watched the disturbing scene taking place. Amir did not stop the situation nor did he interfere, he ran away. Hassan 's rape haunted Amir as his life progressed and it would make him feel guilty when Hassan and Amir visited the tree on the hill.
Another instance betrayal is shown is how Baba is Hassan's father which means that he betrayed his best friend Ali. Another large theme is working for forgiveness. Amir tries to gain redemption for not saving Hassan from rape was saving and adopting Sohrab. Baba's redemption for betraying Ali was creating an orphanage, doing other charitable activities, and giving many gifts to Hassan each birthday. An obvious symbol for The Kite Runner is kites.
In contrast, Rahim also exhibits a sense of tenderness and caring when needed. Rahim’s last words, provided in a letter, tries to justify the secrets that are kept from Amir, in hopes of preserving the image of Baba in Amir’s eyes, both of whom are important friends of Rahim. His letter, which explains why they keep “Amir in the dark” illustrates the pain Baba faces as a “man torn between two halves”, a parent who “[loves Amir and Hassan] both, but [cannot] love Hassan the way he [longs] to” (Saraswat 8) (Hosseini 316). Through his final remarks, Rahim is further emphasized as the moral center of the