The themes of the story are widespread: familial relationships, ambivalent and complex friendship of a servant and master against the ethnic and religious differences, the childhood betrayal, the lingering guilt from past, the never ending effort of emancipation from the guilt and redemption, the unkindness of a rigid class system; and a 40-year chronicle of Afghan history explaining the shocking realities of war.
The adult narrator, Amir, lives in San Francisco and is contemplating his past, thinking about a boyhood friend whom he betrayed in the days of adolescence. The story then moves backward in time to the narrator's early life in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he is the only child of a privileged merchant. Amir's closest friend is his playmate and servant Hassan, a poor illiterate boy who is a member of the Hazara ethnic minority (The Kite Runner). As the protagonist Amir grows to adulthood, he comes to terms with his past wrongs, trapped in the guilt of betraying his best friend and at the same time aiming to adjust to the culture of the United States, which is an exact opposite to the one in which he has been nurtured in the past.
An aspect worth mentioning is that the "The Kite Runner" grips us firmly from the beginning primarily due to the graveness of its plot. The author sets... [continues]
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