"The Kite Runner" Essay

Topics: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, Hazara people Pages: 5 (1912 words) Published: December 17, 2013

In an independent newspaper article, it has been said that the book The Kite Runner is “A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss, and betrayal. Guaranteed to move even the hardest heart.” The Kite Runner was written in by Khaled Hosseini, and published in 2003. It was set in Afghanistan in 1975. As we know, Afghanistan has a history of violence and invasion, and this history affects the friendships, relationships, and lives of people in The Kite Runner. The past has a great significance in this novel. Not being able to escape the past is one of the things Amir is struggling with throughout the novel. Everything he does, and every memory he has always ends up linking to that one thing he did, which he cannot escape. This essay will present the significance of how some characters in this book were never able to escape their past, and also how some characters made what happened in their past right through some right decisions and choices they made later on in life.

The first person that will be mentioned in this essay is Sohrab. One of the things Amir mentioned several times in the book about Sohrab was, “ I reached for him and he flinched.” This quote links back to Sohrab’s past. As it is stated in the book, Sohrab used to live with Assef. Assef, the man who gave Amir a Hitler book for his birthday, the man who always threatened Amir and Hassan, The man who had a problem with Hazara’s and people whom were not as high class as he was, and also, the man who raped Hassan. It is very obvious what Assef would use Sohrab for. After Sohrab had these experiences with Assef, he started drifting away from people, and not letting anyone get near him. The quote above is showing the effects Sohrab’s past had one him. It shows the readers how badly the experience with Assed affected Hassan’s life physically. Every time Amir would try to get near to Sohrab or even put a finger on him, Sohrab would drift away. Another thing that links back to Sohrab’s past in the book was when he tried to commit suicide. Sohrab lived in an orphanage for many years, and Amir promised that he would never let Sohrab go through such an experience again; but when he let Sohrab down, this led to the suicide. Therefore this shows us how dreadful living in an orphanage must have been for him. It took Sohrab a while to let go of his past again and let Amir and Soraya in, but at the end of the novel, it shows that he was adjusting to the changes and becoming more comfortable around them. What Amir says about Sohrab at the end of the book, when they run the kite together, shows us this about Sohrab, “I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. A smile. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there. “

The next person who will be discussed is Rahim Khan. Rahim Khan plays the role of a second father to Amir. He is the one that always listened to Amir’s stories, believed in him, gave him inspiration (for example the notebook), and was always there for Amir when Baba wasn’t. The conversation Rahim Khan and Amir had at the birthday party, was one of the only things in the book that discuss Rahim Khan’s past, “It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of

things.” Rahim Khan was going to marry Homaira, but as soon as his parents found out, they sent her and her family away from the country as soon as possible. Rahim Khan’s past had a good effect on him, because even though his parents were against Hazara’s, his past made him respect them and stay loyal and kind towards them. It showed him that Hazara’s are no different to others, and that they shouldn’t be treated any differently as well. Rahim Khan made peace with what happened with Homaira, and another character in the book who made peace with their past is Soraya. In the past, Soraya ran away with an Afghan man without the permission of her parents, and lived with him for about a month. The...
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