Friendship with a Kite
‘The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.’ -Aristotle In The Kite Runner, the theme of friendship is probably one on the most obvious themes to spot. The book is centered around the friendships made, and how the friendships will test their true loyalty and sometimes even their lives. According to Mark Vernon friendship is a complex thing. He says this; “A heavy burden is placed on friendship. We turn to friends for our happiness. Some say they trust friends more than family. And there are those who want to marry their best friend – a very novel idea. Then, in the networked age, we believe, or hope, that friendship is elastic enough to connect us across the web of complex lives, and strong enough not to snap. But is it? For whilst friendship offers much, few ask about its perils and limitations, as well as its promise.” This relates to The Kite Runner almost perfectly. As it would for any book dealing with the hardships and tests of friendship, but somehow this one seems to fit best with this novel.
One of the characters who reflects a lot on friendship is Amir. Amir not focusing so much on his friendship, but the question of friendship completely, how two people of different races, one accepted by society and the other outcast can be friends. ‘But in none of his stories did Baba ever refer to Ali as his friend. The curious thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either. Not in the usual sense anyhow…Because history isn’t easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi’a and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing.’
When Hassan talks about friendship or more so reflects on it, he comes from more of a third party outsider point of view. He never really goes into detail, but the author lets us know he is caring and forgiving. “Hassan writes letters to Amir filled with warmth and nostalgia...
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