The Kite Runner Essay On Betrayal

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The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, provides readers with an idea of what life was like in Afghanistan and the hardships and betrayals the people of Afghanistan had to endure. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines betrayal as, “the act of failing or deserting especially in time of need” (Merriam-Webster). Throughout The Kite Runner, many of the characters choose to betray someone they love because of how they were raised or who they are as a person. The motives behind the betrayal vary depending on the person. However, the consequences of the betrayal are always long lasting and have sever effects. Betrayal is seen when Amir cares more about attention than his own friendships. Betrayal is also seen when Baba feels that his son Amir will never be good enough. In contrast, one character who never shows betrayal is Hasssan. In The Kite Runner, Amir and Baba engage in the act of betrayal however Hassan never betrays. Amir, Baba’s son and the main character throughout The Kite Runner, betrays Hassan many times due to the fact of jealousy of the attention Hassan receives from Baba. First, when Amir tries to justify his actions he shows his motivations behind the betrayal. Amir states, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). Amir craves Baba’s attention so much that he…show more content…
I really enjoyed The Kite Runner. It emerged me into a new culture and I got to see what Afghanistan was like throughout many hardships. It was interesting to see the transformation of Afghanistan from a vibrant town to a battlefield. I enjoyed how Hosseini used flashbacks to jump around throughout the story. Hosseini provides readers with specific details which made it easy to really visualize what the characters were doing. The Kite Runner visualizes what it was like to life in Afghanistan during the best and worst
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