The Kite Runner: Destiny at its Finest Mai Hanafy January16th, 2013 Eng4U Mr. Kirby Ironically, criticized for its unrealistic coincidences and forced irony, The Kite Runneris one of the most brilliant eye-opening novels ever written. What is even more ironic is that despite all the criticism, these so-called coincidences do not exist in the story. According to VC King, author of Titanic, “The probability of a certain set of circumstances coming together in a meaningful (or tragic) way is so low that it simply cannot be considered mere coincidence.” Everything happens for a reason.
When Amir first witnessed Hassan’s rape, he stood by idly, too cowardly to interfere (put quote here). He valued bringing the kite home to his father as a trophy more than saving his friend from immense psychological trauma. At this point in his life, Amir thinks that he is nothing like his brave and courageous father, who fought a bear. He imagines the story of his father fighting the bear many times, with it clearly leaving an impression on him. Later in his life, when Amir is an adult, he has a dream about that very story.
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.
In The Kite Runner, the author tells a story of the close friendship of two boys who come from different social classes, Amir being the wealthy boy and Hassan the servant. It takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1978, a time where the separation of Hazara Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims took place. A part in the book where we witness betrayal of their friendship and this division of culture is after the yearly kite tournament where Hassan goes after the kite Amir won and promises to bring it back to him. During his search for the kite, Hassan encounters Assef and his friends, who constantly bullied Amir, threatened Hassan to give up the kite or pay the price. Being that Hassan was loyal and wanted to keep his promise to Amir, he decided to pay the price which was rape.
The Kite Runner is a novel that tells the story of a man becoming his true self and his experiences as he proceeds his journey. Amir, a man from Afghanistan who lived in the slums of his country traveled throughout the globe in search of inner peace from a troublesome childhood. Guilt from various fights with Afghanistan’s superior social classes, an accessory to a crimes and the witnessing of his close friend’s violent rape while he stood stagnant; haunt Amir. Also, having an absent mother, an estranged relationship with his father and working as a servant for the upper classmen shaped Amir’s outlook on life. But within having these obstacles Amir becomes almost immediately relatable to the books wide audience because it is realistic.
The novel, The Kite Runner, tells a story about two incredibly strong and courageous boys, who have to find their way back from a dreadful thing which they thought they could never forget. The two boys are guided by their father, Baba, who is also looking for forgivness in himself. In the end, all of the boys find redemption for their wrongdoings. One of the boys, Hassan, shows extreme courage from the very beginning of the book.
Although, he tries to justify this thought to make himself feel better, because the real reason he allowed the rape to happen was he wanted the blue kite. He believed the kite would prove that he was a winner like Baba was. The he had to price for the kite was Hassan to ultimately to gain Baba’s affection. Amir has never been able to fly a kite since, although after he redeems himself in Afghanistan, where he stands up for himself now kites are no longer a symbol of guilt, but rather a reminder of his childhood. This is apparent
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 awful events that have happened to Amir throughout his life have led to him greatly changing both his personality and his emotional state. Form
Amir is the villain of The Kite Runner because he is greedy for Baba’s love, this leads to his disloyalty to Hassan and demonstrates his cowards because of his feelings of his guilt. Amir, although living a luxurious life feels something is missing, and it’s his father’s approval, he would do anything for it. After winning the kite tournament went to search for Hassan to see him surrounded by Assef and his two friends but, “Behind him, sitting on piles, of scraps and rubble, was the blue kite. [His] key to Baba’s heart” (71). All he cared about was the kite he cut in the tournament, he even sacrificed his best friend just for his father’s love.
This is his kite” (page number). Assef and his cronies had Hassan cornered, but instead of giving them what they wanted, Hassan continued to be a great friend to Amir and to fight for fairness. Hassan’s rape also marked a changing point in Amir’s story. Amir continually blames himself for not stepping up and stopping Assef and for everything that happens to Hassan thereafter. Before the incident, Amir and Hassan were, through their actions, close friends.
Assef presents two options: give up the kite, or get hurt keeping it. Since Hassan is so loyal and devoted to Amir he decides to keep the kite. As a result Assef’s friends hold Hassan down while Assef rapes him. Assef said, “I’m letting you keep the kite, Hazara. I’ll let you keep it so it will always remind you of what i’m about to do,” (TKR pg 73).
One of the many aspects that Hosseini added to his novel is the symbol of the kite. Amir takes this kite as a symbol of happiness and also of guilt according to (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-kite-runner/themes.html) (1). Amir goes through a hard time when he is a witness of Hassan’s dignity being taken. Amir at the moment does nothing about it because he feels like it would take all attention away from him by Baba. Baba, being a champion kite flyer feels extremely proud of his son because Amir is following his
The relationship between Amir and Hassan strengthens, with every defeated kite. Amir finally wins his way into Baba's heart, at least for the moment; then everything changes. After the last kite is brought down from the sky, Hassan goes to retrieve the kite for Amir with the parting words “‘For you a thousand times over!’”(Hosseini 67). When Hassan fails to return, Amir goes out in search of his friend. When he finally catches up to Hassan, he witnesses Hassan being raped by their nemesis Assef.
Amir watched Hassan get raped and didn’t say a word about it, therefore, Amir feels partially responsible. Throughout The Kite Runner Amir moves on with his life until Rahim Khan calls. Rahim calls to ask Amir back to Kabul to retrieve Hassan’s long lost baby after Hassan’s death. “My suspicions had been right all those years. He knew about Assef, the kite, the money, the watch with the lightning bolt hands.