The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a novel centered around an Afghan boy named Amir and his coming of age during the end of Afghanistan’s monarchy and the invasion of the Soviet Union’s troops. Although there are major political events essential to the story, The Kite Runner is not about politics, it is about Amir and his challenges with love, violence, and family. While reading, the use of literary theory and its six different critical lenses is a helpful way to analyze and understand the novel better. Literary theory is, essentially, the views or opinions about what a text means, as well as the description, analysis, and interpretation of a literary work. Readers can also use critical lenses to find different ways to view or interpret …show more content…
An archetype is a recurring symbol, motif, situation, or character throughout literature that represents patterns of human nature. For example, the Loyal Retainer archetype, whose duty is to protect the hero and reflect the nobility of the hero is prominent throughout the novel. In The Kite Runner, Hassan is a true example of a Loyal Retainer. He is a faithful friend and servant to Amir, who is considered the “hero” in this case, and consistently protects Amir’s reputation. When Amir gets teased by the other neighborhood boys, Hassan is always there to step in and he “fends them off”(22). Also, when Amir plants his watch in Hassan’s room, Hassan protects Amir’s honor by agreeing that he did “steal Amir’s watch” instead of telling Baba the truth. Amir refers to this as Hassan’s “final sacrifice” for him(105). Amir’s relationship with Hassan is important for readers to analyze in order to understand Amir’s decisions throughout the book, and the whole plot, which is basically how Amir is repaying Hassan for his loyalty in their childhood and Hassan’s affect on Amir’s life. The idea of a Mentor is also a key archetype throughout The Kite Runner. The Mentor works as a role model and often serves as a parental figure. Rahim Khan is seen as a mentor throughout The Kite Runner, all throughout Amir’s childhood and into his adulthood. …show more content…
One of the most notable conflicts throughout The Kite Runner would be the long history between Pashtuns and the Hazaras. While Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, Hazaras were Shi’a, and that was “part of the reason” Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras(9). In the beginning of the novel, while readers are walked through Amir’s childhood, the cultural ideology that Hazaras are beneath Pashtuns is clear. Amir, on multiple occasions, would tease or make fun of Hassan and justify it with the fact that he was “just a Hazara”(77) and it didn’t matter that he was being teased. Along with the cultural differences, Amir and Hassan are in opposite social classes. While Amir is a part of the upper class, Hassan and his father are members of the lower class and are servants to Amir and his father. While Amir’s father does not treat them any differently for this, Amir does. Amir sees himself as above Hassan and his father repeatedly. Although, when Amir immigrated to America with his father, he was immediately knocked down a few pegs. Amir and his father were no longer a part of the upper class, and they had to build themselves back up. This ability to see both wealth and poverty shaped Amir into who he became as an adult. Although he still has some ideas from the elitist mindset he was brought up with, he has also learned to be
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini explicates the life of the main character Amir, and his relationship with his childhood best friend Hassan. Throughout the novel, Hosseini uses irony to show the growth and improvement of Amir’s character. Back when Amir and Hassan were little they used to be close. As children, they used to participate in Kite Fighting tournaments. One day, they went to Kabul with Amir’s father, Baba, to buy kites for the new season.
Hassan tends to get mistreated and disrespected by Amir due to his jealousy of not gaining his father's attention. “I went downstairs, crossed the yard, and entered Ali and Hassan’s living quarters by the loquat tree. I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes. Then I knocked on Baba’s door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies” (Hosseini, 2003, pg. 104).
Rosemary Conant Asia English 1-Period 1 1/31/23 Amir’s Wrongdoings Many of us have felt a sense of self loathing or guilt after doing something we are ashamed of, but the character Amir reminds us that it is possible to atone and become a good person. Khaled Hosseini demonstrates in his novel The Kite Runner through the character Amir, a young Afghani boy growing up in Afghanistan before and while the Taliban took control. He spent much of his childhood with his father, Baba, and their servant, Hassan, who was a Hazarah.
Amir's conscious choices to act better allow him to evolve as a person and redeem himself from his past mistakes. Since the beginning of the novel, Amir showed a shady attitude toward Hassan. Firstly, Amir’s deprivation from his father’s love affects him greatly and causes him a great deal of jealousy, betrayal, and cowardice. He exhibits these behaviors in various scenarios throughout the novel, mainly toward his friend Hassan. For instance, one specific thing that Amir did wrong was when he planted the brand-new watch Baba has offered him, and the money under a mattress, framing and blaming Hassan for stealing his things.
This ideology is even ingrained in Amir since he looked down on Hassan because he was his servant. This example represents the divisions in Afghan society since it shows where Pashtuns land on the class scale compared to Hazaras. It also explains why Amir’s life was better than Hassan’s since others saw him positively compared to Hassan. Also, Amir was rich while Hassan wasn’t.
Using motifs and the complex characterization of multiple figures in The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini shows how one person’s decision can have an affect on their life along with multiple others’. In the novel, Amir and Hassan’s friendship is extremely one sided, which is influenced greatly by Amir’s envy. In Afghanistan’s society, Pashtuns are superior to Hazaras, which plays a
Amir's desire is evident from the beginning of the novel as he covets the attention and love of his father. He views his friend, Hassan, as a mere servant, and is jealous of the affection that Hassan receives from his father. Amir's selfishness leads him to betray Hassan in order to win his father's love and approval, ultimately leading to the destruction of their friendship. One example of Amir's selfishness can be seen in the way he treats Hassan. Despite being his best friend and loyal companion, Amir views Hassan as inferior and undeserving of his friendship.
We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words” (Hosseini 10). They were close enough to be brothers but Amir let society’s views get to his head and in turn caused Hassan to suffer for many years to come. Nevertheless, Amir was his own person that could have been courageous and chose right over wrong. He knew the decisions that he was making were wrong, yet he continued making them with no consequences except for the guilt that he lived with.
Amir thought, showcasing the opinion he created about Hassan. Working for Baba and Amir as servants, Hassan and his father are put below their bosses on the social hierarchy. These societal labels cloud Amir’s mind. He uses Hassan’s social class to classify him, using
In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are many different important conflicts throughout the story. These conflicts are brought upon by the recurring motifs, such as redemption and loyalty. The different dissensions support the ideas of characterization by how they react to the sudden adversity in their lives. Amir attempts to redeem himself through Hassan’s son, Sohrab, by saving him and giving him a better life. Further developing the meaning of the story, connoting the mental struggle and the way priorities change over time, keeping readers mindful of the motifs and how they impact each character.
Complex and dynamic characters are found in any good piece of literature and that is no coincidence. In almost all situations, characters are able to develop into the complex personality they are because of the conflict faced in their storyline. Amir, in the novel “Kite Runner”, is faced with many conflicts as a child such as the “kite running” incident or how to deal with his father's lack of attention and love. The selfish actions that came out of these conflicts fuel the storyline by developing him as a selfish uncaring and immature young boy. By contrast, he retells the story and shows how he has grown into an unselfish and compassionate man through his regretful tone found consistent throughout the work.
The Kite Runner is a realistic-fiction novel by Khaled Hosseini. It divides into three main sections of the main character Amir’s life. The first time period this novel explores is Amir’s childhood in Kabul with his friend and servant Hassan, Hassan’s dad Ali, and Amir’s father, Baba. The novel then details his years with Baba in Fremont, California; and, finally, Amir's return to Kabul. During these times, there is a lot of betrayal between Amir and Baba, but also between Hassan and Amir.
To begin, in Khaled Hosseini’s book, “The Kite Runner,” the main character is a boy named Amir. As the story progresses, Amir turns out to be an extremely intelligent man, and also deceitful to his loyal friend, Hassan. Hassan has defended Amir in many instances. For example, he protects him from a bully Assef with a slingshot. Hassan also will take the blame for Amir.