top-rated free essay

Friendship and Betrayal

By dipapadakis Oct 12, 2008 845 Words
Friendship and Betrayal
Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Friends can have a lasting effect on someone and their betrayal can cut deeper than an enemy. As the saying goes, good friends are hard to come by, thus when a good friendship ignites, one should return the honor. The Kite Runner demonstrates friendship and betrayal throughout the novel. It first portrays how Amir betrayed Hassan, then Amir betrayed his own father. Baba betrayed Ali, Amir, Hassan, Rahim Khan, and his own wife (by having sex with his servant's wife, Sanaubar). In the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini constantly tests characters friendships in order to demonstrate the severity of betrayal.

Amir, the son of Baba, is a cut above the rest at Kite Fighting. As he grew up with the house servant's son, Hassan, they were very close friends. They played with each other, spent time together reading stories, and most importantly Hassan treated Amir as a brother. He is so loyal to Amir he would protect him by all means, even eat dirt for Amir. Hassan protected Amir from Assef, with a mere slingshot. Assef is a boy who's much older, and stronger than him, and Hassan said, "Please leave us alone, Agha." (page 39) twice. Even after Assef's threat, Hassan still stood between Assef and Amir, protecting him with his slingshot. But, Amir still betrayed him. There was an annual kite running contest in Kabul. Amir and Hassan were a team, and they made it to the top. In the end, Hassan went off to run the last kite Amir defeated, but was cornered by Assef and his friends, Kamal and Wali. They felt humiliated when Hassan stood up against him, and they wanted to take the last kite from Haasan. Yet Hassan refused to Surrender and chose to make a stand. He fought against them and saved the kite. Although the kite was broken, he still managed to give the kite back to Amir. As for Amir, he was there, and saw how Hassan got beaten and pummeled in the anus. He betrayed him, he didn't even say a word when he saw it happened. He just watched him get bullied and knocked to the ground. Amir was scared in shock, but he still didn't say a word afterwards to show how sorry he was. He didn't even tell Hassan he was there. In this Amir betrayed Hassan, his best friend, and what use to be his "brother," his one and only brother.

Baba is Amir's father. Amir knew that. But when Baba stood up against the Russian soldier, he just prayed that Baba would just sit down. Instead of standing up with him, supporting him and trying to save him from getting shot. A normal son would take a stand; Amir "wouldn't" or didn't. He saw that the Russian soldier was going to shoot his own father, but he still didn't do anything about it. Amir just sat there, trying to get himself out of the incident! He had this same kind of experience before, yet he repeated his same mistake that he regretted and destroyed himself over. As a son, that is either betrayal or hatred and in this case it's not hatred. It's just Amir being an incompetent coward as usual.

Baba, a rich man who has house servants, is the father of two sons, a husband, and a businessman; betrayed everyone around him. He was the kind of thief that once told Amir about a time when Amir was still a boy. Baba stole the right of knowing the truth, by leaving his partner behind, and fleeing to America by himself. He also had sex with his servant's wife. Baba betrayed his own wife and his servant, the servant who grew up with him as a boy. Like Hassan growing up with Amir. He had sex with Sanaubar, Ali's wife, and had a son with her, Hassan. He betrayed his own son by not letting Amir know that he had a brother. What makes matters worse is Baba made his son serve him and Amir, not letting him have the right to go to schools and learn. He never told them the truth, not even before he died! Amir had to find out the truth from Rahim Khan. Also, Baba betrayed Rahim Khan, his true friend. Baba knew that there was a war coming so he fled to America, taking Amir with him. But he didn't take Rahim Khan with him, instead, he told him to look after his house in Kabul.

This book surely demonstrates pure betrayal. Betrayal of family, loved ones, even friends. There were four types of betrayal in this book, betrayal between father and son, husband and wife, friend to friend, and "master" to servants. Khaled Hosseini ha truly tested friendship in order to measure the severity of betrayal.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Betrayal of Deep Friendships and the Consequences

    ...Betrayal of Deep Friendships and the Consequences “Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love” (John Le Carre). Betrayal is a huge part of Gene and Amirs’ lives in A Separate Peace and in The Kite Runner. They are both pushed to do things they normally wouldn’t do because of the feelings of guilt fro...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ... Friendship A friend is defined as a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts, therefore this is a friendship. In every society in the world people have and follow this relationship and support it. In some societies this relationship is given more importance than others. In our society friends are given almost the same attention as ones family...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ...ideas around, or to talk about deep and troubling subjects. They have no one to call in times of need or difficulty. They are at the mercy of life, standing alone.     Others seem to have a multitude of friends. Wherever they go, people know them, and like to be around them. Should trouble strike, their biggest hesitation might be over which ...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ...Michael Camacho 11/12/2012 Dr. Schreiner Paper 2 The Means Behind Friendship “Friendship is a virtue or at least involves virtue. It is necessary to life, since no one would choose to live without friends even if he had all other material goods. Friends are a refuge in times of poverty and misfortune; they help to guard the young from er...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ...Q1) what do you think of the company guiding principles? Describe how the company’s guiding principles would influence how a barista at a local Starbucks store does his or her job. How these principle would influence how one of the company s top executives does his or her job. Answer: Starbucks guiding principle clearly describes the missio...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ...IELTS Speaking Practice Speaking Task Talk about a friend you had as a child or teenager. You should say: When and how you first met this friend What things you liked to do together What things you had in common and explain why this friendship was important to you. Extract 1 Who are friends and what is meaning of friendship? A lot of...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ...freindship Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an acquaintanceship. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as sociology, social, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, incl...

    Read More
  • Friendship

    ... What is friendship?             What is friendship? People have been asking this question for centuries, and we can never know the exact answer that will fit everybody’s definition of friendship. Friends are people without whom your life wouldn’t be complete. They are the people who you know for ages, or even if you don’t ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.