September 21, 2006
Formal Essay #1: The Kite Runner
The relationship between Amir and Hassan
“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t. I just watched. Paralyzed.” (Khaled Hosseini 73). That is what Amir, a young Afghan boy in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, thinks in his mind before he commits the sins against his friend and also his half brother, Hassan. This is also the pivotal moment of the novel. Amir is the narrator of the story who tells about how he grew up in Afghanistan. Hassan is the best and kindest character in the story. He is Amir’s best friend and as Amir later learns, he is also his half-brother. He faces discrimination everyday, because he is a Hazara, a minority whom the Pashtuns treat like slaves. In The Kite Runner, Hosseni describes the complicated and difficult servant-master relationship and friend relationship between Amir and Hassan effectively by using both vivid description and figurative language. Amir is a young rich teenager living in Afghanistan. His mother dies just after he came out from her womb. He grows up with his father, Baba, and Baba servant’s son Hassan. He doesn’t know the fact that Hassan is his half brother and also his father’s son. As he grows up, he thinks that Baba loves Hassan more than him. The reader can see it from the words he said just before the kite flying competition started. “I turned my gaze to our rooftop, found Baba and Rahim Khan sitting on a bench, both dressed in wool sweaters, sipping tea. Baba waved. I couldn’t tell if he was waving at me or Hassan.” (61). From that, reader can obviously know that Amir is jealous of Hassan who is ENG013 Wai Min Phyo (Dmo)
September 21, 2006
considered as Amir’s best friend and servant. This is also a good example of vivid description that shows the reader what is happening inside the kid’s mind. After Amir and Hassan win the...