Silence In The Kite Runner

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Thesis Statement: This thesis intends to illustrate the role of silence throughout the novel. Emphasizing on Baba’s secrecy to Amir and Amir’s silence being greater than his cowardice In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, silence plays a crucial role to portray a life filled with the question of sacrifice through the voice of a boy named Amir. There is an evident primal closeness between the two protagonists, Hassan and Amir in the novel, they learn to walk together, they learn to speak together, and they feed from the same breast. Yet, Hassan never betrays Amir and always defends him but instead, in return Amir backstabs and ditches Hassan in the torturous alley [1a]. This thesis analyses another relation which is between Baba and Amir. Early on, Baba seems like a distant myth instead of a father. Certainly, he and Amir aren 't friends while Amir is growing up. Their relationship changes significantly but, post Baba’s death, Amir realises his whole life had been a lie. Also, the author compares Hassan to a sacrificial lamb and the same is reflected in Sohrab, his son. Based on the comparison of Hassan to a Sacrificial Lamb, a verse by the poem The Lamb by William Blake. “He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb: He is meek & he is mild, He became a little child:” [2] In this poem, Jesus has been compared to the lamb as he is mild, meek, gullible and naive. The same is reflected in the novel through Hassan, moreover, Hassan is called The
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