The Kite Runner
The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini follows the life of the afghan man, Amir, and his struggles with his past life in Kabul. In the beginning of the book, Amir, although smart and kind at heart, is mentally taken over by his want of acceptance by his father, and in turn, takes it out on his best friend and more than loyal servant Hassan. On multiple occasions Amir is found making life for Hassan hard, whether it be through deception or through selfishness. Overall, when Amir is looked at altogether as a character, it can easily be seen that his actions as a child where fueled by a constant want to be accepted by his father, a tough business man who fosters a strong disappointment with his sons lack of similar qualities, something the reader can sympathize with. As well, the reader is coaxed into forgiveness of Amir after his admittance of being a coward, after understanding his mental struggles, and finally after he adopts Sohrab and the role of Hassan and Amir’s relationship is reversed Amir starts to harass Hassan and belittle him after overhearing a conversation between his farther and Rahim Khan about Amir’s lack of self defense, and his fathers wishes that where more like Hassan (Hosseini 22) Amir being the rich, and intelligent person he was, used his intelligence to belittle Hassan. When asked if Hassan was his friend Amir in self defense of his honor as a suni, as a pashtun, simply blurted out “but he’s not my friend!…he’s my servant!”(41). Hassan, under the impression they where friends, must have been confused to hear such a statement from his friend, now perhaps more his master. As well, Amir would deceive Hassan and lie to him about words he didn’t know, teach him that the word imbecile meant intelligent, and then call him an imbecile. (29) Its through belittling Hassan that Amir feels as if he is the better of the two, he is the one his father should love. In addition to belittling Hassan, Amir would constantly abuse...
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