Betrayal in Khaled Hossieni's The Kite Runner

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There is Only One Sin...Betrayal
For there to be betrayal, there has to be trust first. For each character in The Kite Runner there were trusts of all forms. Trust of family and close friends were all betrayed. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Hosseini develops the theme of betrayal through the characters of Baba, Ali, Hassan and Amir. The betrayal begins when Amir abandons Hassan while he is being raped by Assef. Later, Rahim tells Amir that Hassan is actually his half-brother. The betrayal continues when Amir learns that his father, who he so well respected, had slept with Ali's wife and committed adultery. By doing so, Baba also betrays his own son by stealing his knowledge of having a brother.

The brotherhood that Amir and Hassan shared was stronger than two best friends. In Amir's own words , "Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And under the same roof, we spoke our first words." (Hosseni 12) Although they were close, there was an imbalance in their friendship. Hassan trusted Amir without doubt and always looked out for him, not because he was his servant but because he truly cared for him.

I talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor's one-eyed German shepherd. Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn't deny me.... Hassan's father, Ali, used to catch us and get mad, or as mad as someone as gentle as Ali could ever get. He would wag his finger and wave us down from the tree. He would take the mirror and tell us what his mother had told him, that the devil shone mirrors too, shone them to distract Muslims during prayer..... "Yes, Father," Hassan would mumble, looking down at his feet. But he never told on me. Never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor's dog, was always my idea. (Hosseini 4) Hassan would always take the blame for Amir such as when they were shooting walnuts or shining...
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