What is loyalty, why is (was) it important, what difference did it make in the story?
Loyalty is a strong feeling of support or allegiance. In the novel The Kite Runner, the author shows a relationship between two boys one of whom who is extremely loyal, Hassan, and the
other, Amir, who betrays him when he needed him most.
Set in Afghanistan and the United States in 1970s-2000, a
bullying incident in childhood that caused Amir to betray
Hassan, troubles Amir’s conscience for the next two decades. Through the difficult process of dealing with the guilt of disloyalty Hosseini shows how Amir finally overcomes his betrayal and finds peace in an act of loyalty. The relationship between Baba, Amir’s father, and Amir shows us how Amir always wanted his father’s attention, which leads him to always feeling jealous when Baba would treat Hassan better, or give him any sort of attention. Even though Amir and Hassan were best friends he still felt like he had to out do Hassan to prove himself in front of Baba. Hosseini shows us how complex Amir and Baba’s relationship is, throughout the whole novel Amir tries his best to grab Babas attention which leads him to betraying Hassan in the rape incident, while as Hassan stays loyal to Amir throughout the whole novel, which shows us that he puts Amir ahead of himself, and will go through a lot just to stay loyal to Amir. Also, throughout the novel baba seems like one of the loyal characters, always an honest man he also thought “when you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth” and he thought that stealing was one of the worst sins of all, but later the book we find out that Hassan was actually a son of Baba and Amirs half brother, which shows us that also Baba had been committing one of the worst sins for years. This changes the readers view of Baba, by how he had always said that lying is the biggest sin one can do but he himself has been living with a life through out all his lfe.
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