Topics: Khaled Hosseini, Exclusive Books Boeke Prize, The Kite Runner Pages: 3 (943 words) Published: May 29, 2013
Key Themes Portrayed in The Kite Runner

Novels have to be catching to eye; a good book has to possess certain characteristics to allow the reader to be engaged in the novel and to be able to make personal connections or references to their everyday lives. Having a theme gives the novel an edge and creates a better story to read. Three key themes that are portrayed in the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini are betrayal, forgiveness and atonement. In the novel The Kite Runner, betrayal is one of the key themes. Many characters in the novel portray betrayal but one that is most lucid to the reader is Amir. Amir portrays betrayal when he allows his loyal friend Hassan to get raped by Assef, the hometown bully. After all that Hassan has done for Amir: staying by his side, being the only true loyal friend he really had, Amir’s selfish act of wanting Baba’s love causes him to betray Hassan. After Amir says “I watched Hassan get raped” (91), he realizes he was not there in Hassan’s time of need. Another example of Amir portraying betrayal is when he frames Hassan in stealing the money and the watch. After asking Baba to get rid of Ali and Hassan, he tries to find another way to get them to leave. During this act, Amir also betrays Baba his own father by framing Hassan and allowing Ali and Hassan to leave. Amir’s disobedience causes Baba to loose not only a servant but a long-time friend and a piece of him he cannot ever get back. This creates a lot of internal conflict for Amir therefore he tries to avoid his problems thinking it will stop the mountain of guilt he feels. Amir’s betrayal not only causes him to be a terrible companion but inflicts on his ability to function. Forgiveness is the second key theme portrayed in the novel The Kite Runner. The most forgiving character in the novel is Hassan. Hassan is the type of person who is openhearted and is able to let go of the worst of situations. Many faulty events have happened...
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