Kite Runner Foil Essay

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World Literature
March 11, 2012
In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan serves as the minor character/foil to the main character, Amir. Hassan possesses qualities such as loyalty and selflessness. These qualities contrast the characteristics and qualities of Amir because he is both disloyal and selfish. Although Amir possesses disloyalty and selfishness while Hassan is present in his life, he later on retrieves the characteristics his half-brother Hassan had.

Amir was the son of a wealthy, well known man in Northern Kabul. He develops a friendship with one of his servants, who is around his age. As years passed, Amir had a chance to save Hassan, but his actions affected both he and Hassan, which led them two different paths in life. When Amir gets older he struggles with choices that he made as a child that not only affected his life, but also altered his friendship with Hassan.

Since they were children, Hassan had always taken responsibility for Amir’s actions. In the second chapter of the book Amir explains how Hassan and he would climb the poplar trees and reflect sunlight into the neighbor’s homes. When they would get caught by Ali, Hassan’s father, Hassan would tell him that it was his idea, even though it was Amir’s idea. Amir also asked Hassan to hit the neighbor’s one-eyed German Shepard with a slingshot. Hassan didn’t want to, but he never denied Amir anything.

In Afghanistan, the kite fighting tournament was an old tradition. So, Amir’s favorite time of the year was winter because he could enter the tournament. It was an overcast winter day when Hassan and Amir were practicing for the tournament. Amir believed that Hassan was the greatest kite runner he had ever seen. On this day Amir was chasing Hassan through the neighborhood. He was hopping gutters and going through narrow streets to catch the kite. It looked as if they had lost the kite, but when Amir finally caught up to Hassan, he saw that Hassan was just sitting cross legged on...
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