Friendship and Betrayal

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Friendship and Betrayal
Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Friends can have a lasting effect on someone and their betrayal can cut deeper than an enemy. As the saying goes, good friends are hard to come by, thus when a good friendship ignites, one should return the honor. The Kite Runner demonstrates friendship and betrayal throughout the novel. It first portrays how Amir betrayed Hassan, then Amir betrayed his own father. Baba betrayed Ali, Amir, Hassan, Rahim Khan, and his own wife (by having sex with his servant's wife, Sanaubar). In the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini constantly tests characters friendships in order to demonstrate the severity of betrayal.

Amir, the son of Baba, is a cut above the rest at Kite Fighting. As he grew up with the house servant's son, Hassan, they were very close friends. They played with each other, spent time together reading stories, and most importantly Hassan treated Amir as a brother. He is so loyal to Amir he would protect him by all means, even eat dirt for Amir. Hassan protected Amir from Assef, with a mere slingshot. Assef is a boy who's much older, and stronger than him, and Hassan said, "Please leave us alone, Agha." (page 39) twice. Even after Assef's threat, Hassan still stood between Assef and Amir, protecting him with his slingshot. But, Amir still betrayed him. There was an annual kite running contest in Kabul. Amir and Hassan were a team, and they made it to the top. In the end, Hassan went off to run the last kite Amir defeated, but was cornered by Assef and his friends, Kamal and Wali. They felt humiliated when Hassan stood up against him, and they wanted to take the last kite from Haasan. Yet Hassan refused to Surrender and chose to make a stand. He fought against them and saved the kite. Although the kite was broken, he still managed to give the kite back to Amir. As for Amir, he was there, and saw how...
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