People in different societies grow up in many different ways. No matter the differences, growing up brings forth maturity and coming of age. Amir grows and learns from the people around him and experiences that have had an impact on his life. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Amir grows and comes of age by seeing from his family and friend influences, hard trials and changes and towards the end of the novel, forgiveness and redemption.
Kite fighting is the signature event of Afghanistan in The Kite Runner, which soon becomes the representation of freedom. Before the Taliban come into power, kite flying, along with kite flying tournaments are common throughout Kabul. While the Tabilban occupy Afghanistan however, Rahim Khan mentions to Amir that only two weeks after the Taliban took over, “... the Taliban banned kite fighting.” Foreshadowing the start of the oppression, and loss of freedom in Afghanistan as a whole.(Hosseini, 2003, pg. 213) At the end of the book, Amir sees people flying kites in America, “Another half dozen kites had taken flight.” At this point in the book, Amir is finally free.(Hosseini, pg.368)
In a lifetime, everyone will face personal battles and guilt. People find peace of mind through redeeming themselves or making up for their past actions. One of the central themes of the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is whether Amir truly redeemed himself for what he did. He has been living with the guilt from a unspeakable past childhood experience his whole life. He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him. The experience left a scar on both Hassan and Amir. Amir’s father’s words echo in his mind as he recalls the experience, “A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything” (Hosseini, 2003). By the end of the novel, Amir finally learns stands up and earns the redemption
The story ‘The Kite Runner’, written by Khaled Hosseini, takes place mainly during the war in Afghanistan. After the country became a republic instead of a monarchy, the former Soviet Union invaded the country. Many years later, the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement , seized power in Afghanistan. This was accompanied by intense violence and the consequences were immense. Not only was Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, almost entirely destroyed, but the cost to human life was also huge. The Kite Runner describes the life of Amir. Before the war, he lived in Kabul with his father Baba, their servant Ali and Ali’s son Hassan. Hassan and Ali are from a lower class than Amir and Baba, but Amir and Hassan are best friends regardless.
The Kite Runner highlights the importance of your environmental circumstances and secluded relationships people truly does shape the person you become. The book also portrays themes on the importance of love, betrayal and guilt. Most of the themes tie in with one another to come to prove the same point. Relationships are due to affect someone’s virtue and disposition in their
The words ‘snow crunched under my black rubber boots’ (line 27) are a personification. This is because it is impossible for a snow to crunch, but human beings can. The snow therefore is attributed with the human behavior or action which is to crunch. The reason for this may be that the writer wanted to emphasise a point on the effect of snow covering and getting under his boots. The effectiveness of this is to indicate thickness and how the snow remained in the boots for some time. The writer continues even in line 37 using personification. He compared the kite fighting as like going to war. This means that the kite fighting is so intense in a manner that every kite runner must ensure that he defeats the enemy just like what the soldiers do in war. Every kite runner wants to win and thus had to work hard in order to defeat another kite runner in the tournament. There is also a personification in line 101-102 in that, ‘this (face) one lurking just beneath the surface’. The face is attributed to when a person hides from something or someone. The effect of using this device can be that, the writer wanted to illustrate to the readers how quickly Hassan’s face turned to the ground to avoid eye contact with Amir. Just like when a person hides to avoid being
Throughout history, humans have committed millions of unforgivable crime due to jealousy, selfishness, and beliefs. Although there’s a saying by George Santayana that said, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, several events in history proved that even with the power of knowledge, man’s inhumanity to man cannot be stopped. Khaled Hosseini’s representation of inhumanity through the book The Kite Runner stands out like a stain on a white shirt; it showed how far humans were willing to go for their own selfish desires. In the book ‘The Kite Runner”, inhumanity comes in different levels. From bullying to murder and rape, the author Khaled Hosseini clearly conveyed man’s inhumanity mostly through the common discriminations in Afghanistan and the actions of Assef and Amir.
The Kite Runner has three main parts to the story, it begins with Amir, a man who lives in California who refers back to his childhood memories in Kabul, Afghanistan. These memories affect him and mold him into the man he is. Amir as a child lived in Kabul with his father Baba, who Amir had a troubled relationship with. He had two servants Ali and his son Hassan. The relationship between them is more of a family rather that of servants. Amir’s mother died giving birth to him and Hassan’s mother ran away shortly after he was born. With Ali and Hassan being Hazarats or Shi’a Muslims they don’t have the same status as Amir and Baba being Sunni Muslims. Though Amir and Baba don’t mind it the neighborhood does, this tension occurs throughout the beginning of the story especially in one event the Kite tournament. This is when children fight with their kites and where they try and take out there opposing players kites. When the kite falls down, the person who ‘won’ it runs and get it. Amir wins the kite tournament and let’s Hassan run and get the kite that fell. When Amir goes looking for Hassan he finds him being raped by a group of neighborhood punks, Wali, Kamal, and Assef. Amir even as a grown man is still tormented by guilt that he never helped Hassan. Being a child Amir was too much of a coward to help Hassan, and with the feeling of guilt he couldn’t live with it. He frames
Life does not always make it easy for people. It sure did not go easy on Amir and his family. His family dealt with death, secret affairs, betrayal just to name a few. In the Kite runner many awful event happened throughout the book that together made the book very morbid and negative. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, the awful event that Amir suffers through that change him, the change in Afghanistan from when Amir leave and then return and the morbid style of diction all show a theme that negativity and sad are used greatly to drive the plot of the story.
The book The Kite Runner is a very powerful story. It is a story about two boys in Afghanistan , Amir and Hassan. Amir is a Pashtun boy which means he is the majority in the country. Hassan is an Hazara boy which means he is a minority and are most likely servants to the Pashtuns. Hassan and his dad Ali are servants to Amir and Baba. Hassan and Amir are also best friends. In the winter, Hassan and Amir play in a kite running competition. After Amir and Hassan cut the last persons kite Hassan goes and runs for the kite for Amir. As Hassan is running for the kite he catches it then runs into Assef and his group of bullies. Assef then rapes Hassan and Amir sees it but does nothing. Ali knows something is
Hassan is one of the most controversial characters in the book The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. Briefly, he is the best friend of the main protagonist, Amir, and later in the book we discover that he is also his half-brother. Hassan and his supposed father work as servant to Baba, Amir's father and Hassan’s unknown father. While Hassan and Ali are poor, Baba is one of the most successful merchants in Kabul.
The story of the Kite Runner shows great example of both hope and resilience, throughout the story all of the characters endure their own hardships and recover from all that has happened. Hassan in this story is Amir’s best friend and
Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is a fictional narrative about a man who grew up in Afghanistan. Hosseini uses his personal experience from his childhood there, and other general knowledge about the area, to tackle issues of the Middle East that western culture often ignores. Every page of this novel is rhetorically rich with devices like diction, analogy, and realism. There is a short anecdote, beginning on page three and concluding on the top of page four, that embodies many of these great rhetorical strategies that Hosseini employs. This childhood flashback effectively introduces, and characterizes, two of the novel’s main characters, along with establishing a relationship between the narrator, later named Amir, and his childhood friend.
The Kite represents an illusion, for while the user experiences a sensation of boundless freedom and liberation through the maneuvers of the kite, the user is really grounded and unable to transcend his current situation. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Amir remains plagued by the dual nature of the kite for nearly the entire novel; he experiences false moments of freedom and liberation alongside the crushing, debilitating guilt associated with his past mistakes.
The Kite Runner is a novel by author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books,