The Kite Runner
In “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini tells a story about Amir, a young boy from Kabul whose closest friend is a young Hazara boy named Hassan, who is also his servant. Amir witnesses a horrendous act committed against Hassan and he spends the next 26 years trying to forget what he saw that winter of 1975. Throughout the novel Amir narrates his own transformation, which is caused by all his guilt leaving his closest friend, Hassan vulnerable and the search for redemption. As Amir walks his readers through the novel, narrating his story and growth, there are notable contrasts between myself and the main character. Amir’s relationship with his father, his lack of confidence and his actions towards his only friendship are a few differences we hold. My relationship with my Dad as a young child differs greatly from Amir’s relationship with his Father, Baba. Although there were six kids in the family, my Dad never fell short when it came to affection. After a long hard day at work and coming home almost passed six in the evening, Dad always had enough energy to spend time with each of us. We would play video games, watch television and spend the night giggling together. But Amir on the other hand felt deprived of an emotional connection with his Father, which he blames on himself. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess…” (Hosseini 14). Amir constantly longs for his Fathers affection and approval. At the beginning chapters of the novel, Amir describes his father as proud, independent, determined, but sometimes emotionally distant. He would feel jealousy towards anyone that receives Baba’s attention. “I already hated all the kids he was building the orphanage for…” (Hosseini 15). When Baba was building the orphanage, there would be many nights when Amir would eat alone. He knew his Father was busy supervising at the construction site. When Hassan received...
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