The Kite Runner Analysis

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The Kite Runner analysis

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American author. He debuted with “The Kite Runner” which was his first novel, in 2003. The Kite Runner takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan and ends in California, America. It is about a friendship between two boys and how the oldest boy gets another chance make up for the mistakes that he committed in is his childhood.

The plot takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 70’s. Amir is a wealthy boy from the upper class. He has always had problems being acknowledged and accepted by his father, which is also introduced as Baba in the book. Amir has always felt like Baba was blaming him for the death of Amir’s mother, because she died giving birth to him. But Amir is lucky enough to have someone like Rahim Khan, Baba’s friend, who understands and supports him better than Baba. And on the other side, we have Hassan who is Amir’s best friend and introduced as a mere “hazara”. A “hazara” is a member of Afghan ethnic minority group, and is primarily of the Shi’a Muslim faith. Hassan is the son baba’s servant Ali. And they usually spend their days flying kites, climbing on pomegranate trees and telling stories.

In the wintertime, during the holidays in Afghanistan the usual kite tournament took place. There were hundreds of kite flyers competing to be the best, but this tournament meant more to Amir than anyone else. This was the only chance he had to impress Baba. He wanted to win so badly, because he knew that he had never been the son his Baba always wanted. Baba always claimed that he was though and masculine, and this made Amir, who were more into stories and books feel like a coward. He felt like Baba loved Hassan more than him, this made him jealous. Hassan was a skilled kite runner for Amir; he always knew where the kite would land without even watching it. On a triumphant day, Amir won the local competition and Baba’s acceptance. Hassan runs along to get the last kite for Amir, while shouting “For you, a thousand times over”. Unfortunately he meets Assef, a bully who Hassan threatened to save Amir earlier, on his way to get the kite. Assef is threatening to beat him up if he does not give up Amir’s kite, but Hassan refuses to give him the kite. So as revenge for the events that happened earlier, he rapes Hassan. Amir is starting to wonder why Hassan takes so long, so he goes after him and witnesses this while hiding. Amir, who is a coward, does not dare to help because he basically thinks that Hassan deserves it a little. Amir walks home, ashamed of his own cowardice. He has been jealous of Baba’s love for Hassan. Amir feared that if Baba found out how heroic Hassan defended Amir’s kite, and how cowardly Amir himself had acted, he would love Hassan even more.

Later in the book, Amir accuses Hassan for stealing his watch and hides it under Hassan’s pillow. Hassan does not deny, because of his blind love and loyalty for Amir. Baba forgives Hassan even though he previously explained Amir how he viewed stealing as the worst act a human could do. But because of shame Hassan and his father leaves for good. And Amir was finally rid of the daily reminder of his cowardly betrayal, but he still lives with the shame. Five years later, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan. So Amir and Baba escape to Peshawar Pakistan, and then Fremont California. And he meets the woman who eventually became his wife, Soraya Teheri. A few days later, we get to know that Baba is very ill and will not live for long. But he still manages to ask Soraya’s father for his blessing and her hand for Amir. He says yes, and Baba dies soon after. Several years later, Amir gets a successful career as a writer. One day, he receives a call from Rahim Khan, who is dying of a disease. Rahim asks Amir to come to Pakistan, and says: “there is a way to be good again”. Amir accepts the challenge and leaves without knowing what he’ll face.

When he meets Rahim Khan in Pakistan, he tells him that...
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