The Kite Runner & Escape to Afghanistan

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The transition from adulthood to childhood is certainly not a simple adjustment. Coming of age presents many challenging decisions, overwhelming pressures, and emotions that can be very difficult for adolescents to overcome. In the excerpts that we studied, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Escape to Afghanistan by Farah Ahmedi, the stories of two young people are told, revealing their struggles with coming of age and their personal life battles. The Kite Runner tells the story of the character Amir who is a boy trying to deal with his own internal conflicts involving the relationship with his father, Baba, and friend Hassan; which also happens to be his servant. In Escape to Afghanistan, the character Ahmedi is a girl telling the hardships that she endured while evading the dangers of the Taliban in her home country in order to seek safety for herself and sickly mother. Although these stories show obvious contrasts in both character and conflict, there are similarities that can compare these two young people’s life calamities as well.

Throughout The Kite Runner, Amir is inflicted with his own internal conflicts concerning the relationships around him, while Ahmedi’s conflict, in Escape to Afghanistan, focuses on the external struggles that she faces while embarking on the treacherous journey of crossing into to the Afghan border. Evidence of Amir’s “daddy issues” are revealed when he alludes to how Baba would take both Amir and Hassan to buy kites from the city’s most famous kite maker, the old man, Saifo. The two boys receive three identical kites and spools of glass string. From the quote, “If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me – but then he’d buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I wished he wouldn’t do that. Wished he’d let me be the favorite”, I believe that not only is Amir’s personal conflict with his father is revealed, but also major character flaws of selfishness and jealousy is exhibited as well....
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