Loyalty in The Kite Runner
Loyalty, a word that Khaled Hosseini displays grandly in The Kite Runner, through a lowly servant Hazara boy, Hassan, who is deeply devoted to the protagonist, Amir, and will do everything to protect, defend, and sacrifice for Amir. These two children grow up in an ethnically divided and conflicted world, where they certainly face adversity. Whether it makes or breaks a child and whether he can triumph at last depends upon the child and fickle fate. The defining moment that haunts Amir throughout his life and tears Hassan away from his best friend is one in the same Amir and Hassan are growing up in a very vital time for Afghanistan. A country that was once a monarchy is taken over with ‘help’ from Russia to become a Republic. Religious persecution is everywhere they turn. To be a Hazara is to be seen as an inferior race, and viewed by many Pashtun’s as a servant race. Throughout the novel Hosseini confronts the religious persecution that is given to the Hazara’s, within these events, you see a devotion from either Amir or Hassan. Hassan and Ali experience persecution on a constant basis, while in Kabul, one of the first described takes place when Amir and Hassan are on their way to the movies, a favorite past time for the boys. As the boys passed by a group of soldiers, the men started teasing Hassan about the sexual acts they performed on his mother, and Amir tries to assure Hassan that they have him mistaken for someone else. While watching the movie, Hassan cries over the incident that has just taken place, and Amir puts his arm around Hassan and lets him cry on his shoulder. This is one of the few moments we see Amir show a true care for Hassan, as a young boy. Hassan is also a character that knows how to defend Amir and himself when the time comes and when they are confronted and bullied by the older group and their leader, Assef. Hassan even pulls a sling shot on Assef during a confrontation and threatens him to have his nickname change from “‘the Ear Eater to ‘One-Eyed Assef’” and proceeds to get Assef to back down, but Assef makes a threat that this was not over.
Both Amir and Hassan grow up without a mother, but they shared the same wet nurse, and there for Baba, Amir’s father says they are brothers. Amir discusses the idea that his is hated by his father for ‘killing’ his mother when she gave birth to him. Amir wants nothing more than love from Baba. Hassan was born from a ‘hippie’ and she left him and his dad, Ali, just a few short days after giving birth to continue on her ‘hippie’ way of life. Hassan and Ali are, in Baba’s eyes, family, even though they are both servants to Amir and Baba. Baba shows compassion to Hassan that Amir longs for, and never understands why Baba made sure to treat Hassan with such compassion, until after a close family friend, Rahim Khan calls and requests Amir to come home and visit Pakistan. As Baba says, “there is no act more wretched than stealing” _______ and both boys have been robbed of having a mother.
On the day of the kite contest, Hassan stood by Amir—as always. Hassan put to rest Amir’s fear of failure by simply reassuring Amir that there are no monsters, that he can triumph and claim the prize: the last kite flying and Baba’s long‐sought pride in him. Hassan also promises to run down the last kite cut, saying, as he gained speed, “For you a thousand Times over.” When Hassan did not return with the kite, Amir followed his path, asking passersby which way a small Hazara with a blue kite had run. The men in the market directed Amir to an alley from which there was no escape except to re‐trace one’s steps. There, at the end of the alley, blue kite in hand, was Hassan, pinned to the ground by the twisted Assef and two of his friends. Assef wanted the kite and revenge for an earlier encounter with Amir when Hassan protected and defended Amir by promising to let fly a stone from his sling‐shot to shoot out one of Assef’s eyes. Before...
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