An Analysis Of Khaled Hosseini 's ' The Kite Runner ' Essay

822 Words Jan 7th, 2015 4 Pages
The Role of a Character Authors of historical nonfiction novels often choose characters inside their novels to symbolize people or groups of people from the time period he or she is writing about. In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini plans the event of Hassan’s rape by Assef, along with Amir’s reaction, to create a resemblance between the characters in the novel to Afghanistan and American people. Amir’s silence is meant to symbolize the silence of America, where as Hassan’s willingness to accept his “punishment” symbolizes the Afghanistan people as a whole. Amir’s character is created to symbolize America. While Hassan is being raped, Amir silently looks on, avoiding any confrontation that would occur by stepping in. Later in life, Amir realizes the effects of his actions (or lack of). He asks, “True, I hadn’t made Ali step on the land mine, and I hadn’t brought the Taliban to the house to shoot Hassan. But I had driven Hassan and Ali out of the house. Was it too far-fetched to imagine that things might have turned out differently if I hadn’t?” (Hosseini 226). Amir is filled with guilt because he realizes that his failure to step in and help Hassan put both Hassan and his family in danger. Because he did not help Hassan, he feels the need to eliminate him from his life to remove the guilt he carries with him. However, terrible things happened to Hassan and his family because he no longer lives with Amir. All of Hassan’s family, except his son Sohrab, is eventually killed…

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