The Kite Runner Compare And Contrast

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The Kite Runner movie based on a novel first takes place in Afghanistan, with the film focusing on two boys named Amir and Hassan, Amir is the lucky one, as he is the boy living a wealthy lifestyle due to his fathers success. Hassan on the other hand is a poor Hazara boy living as a servant for Amir and Baba. In the film Amir and Hassan are faced with a childhood bully named Assef, who rapes hassan later on in the film. Amir does nothing about this issue and he begins to ruin his friendship with Hassan, betraying him and calling him a theif and not interfering in the middle of him getting raped. One way that the Kite Runner book is different from the film is that in the book, Farid was more talked about more, and we get a chance to meet his family, "He pointed to an old man dressed in ragged clothes trudging down a dirt path, a large burlap sack filled with scrub grass tied to his back. “That’s the real Afghanistan, Agha sahib. That’s the Afghanistan…show more content…
However in the book the rape of Hassan was described greatly. In the book it says ''Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan's hips and lifted his bare buttocks. He kept one hand on Hassan's back and undid his own belt buckle with his free hand. He unzipped his jeans. In the movie, we see Hassan get shoved down and get his pants pulled all the way down. Assef unbuckles his pants and the scene finishes. "I've changed my mind," 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." (p. 73). The reasoning behind why the movie does not describe the rape in more detail is that this film is rated PG-13, and it would not be suitable for the younger viewers. In my personal opinion I think the director did not take away anything from the authors original purpose, as it still showcases Hassan's rape

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