The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner is an unforgettable and powerful book. It tells the tale of a young boy, Amir, who struggles with the hardships of growing up in Afghanistan. Amir faces many challenges; among them are his friendships and how he controls his significant personal interactions and relationships with others. It is quickly understood that Amir struggles to act; he would rather sit in his room and read books rather than act upon his attackers - the qualities of a coward. Amir’s battles were always fought for him, whether it be Hassan literally fighting or be it the form of Ali being a scapegoat. Amir always wanted for Baba, Amir’s father, to see him succeed. Amir needed help in succeeding though, and he consistently depended on others. The Kite Runner shows the impact relationships and friendships have; and these can be seen through Amir’s actions with Hassan, Rahim Khan and Farid.

Hassan, a servant of Amir and Baba, lived a tough life without answers. Hassan lived his entire life as a lie, he had never known who his true father was, and it was kept as the deepest secret. Hassan was Amir’s best friend, they had a good relationship and ‘were like brothers’. Hassan acted like Amir’s big brother; he protected him and stood up for Amir. Amir would read books to Hassan and make up what some of the words meant, a cruel thing to do for Hassan only wanted the best for Amir. “Then he (Ali) would remind us that there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break. Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir, my name.” (Hosseini, 11). This shows that Ali knew exactly what had happened. He could not produce his own child, so he took upon the role of raising Hassan. It was also a way for the author to foreshadow a key element to the entire story, that Hassan and Amir actually were...
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