Analysis Of ' Loyal Miles On The Context For The Examination Of Self ' By Khaled Hosseini

1319 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Discovering Self-identity
The article: “Loyal Miles on the Context for the Examination of Self” analyzes how one’s self-identity can be influenced by social class, cultural and historical factors. Miles’ article critiques the well-known novel The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. The article is written by Loyal Miles, who is an author who writes long poems, short stories and critical reviews. (@Bookriot) Miles argues that the conflict in developing one’s character is fundamentally based on a variety of factors that together, influence one’s self-identity. He claims that the author, Khaled Hosseini, has a multi-faceted approach when exploring the notion of self-identity. For example, through the use of war, family relationships, the bonds of friendship and immigrating to a foreign place, it can be seen that self-identity is constantly adapting to one’s experiences. The article focuses on how “two deftly characterized relationships” explore the cultural and historical conflicts that manifest when coping with a multifaceted identity. These two relationships are the father-son relationship between Amir and Baba, and the almost brotherly friendship between Amir and Hassan. The father-son relationship illustrates the traditional expectations of Afghan men and how Baba’s stern attitude towards Amir alters his identification of himself. Loyal Miles claims that the unequal relationship between Amir and Hassan gives Amir an ingrained sense of superiority, which is caused by the…

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