Betrayal Is At The Heart Of ' The Kite Runner ' Essay

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Betrayal Quotes in The Kite Runner

Betrayal is at the heart of ' 'The Kite Runner ' '. Amir betrays his best friend Hassan, and in this lesson, we will look at quotes about betrayal to see how it develops as a theme throughout the novel.


Khaled Hosseini 's novel The Kite Runner centers around Amir 's betrayal of Hassan when they were young boys. The novel is set in Afghanistan where loyalty and pride are held above all other standards, which is why Amir hides his many betrayals with lies or silence. Amir and Hassan are best friends. They are also half-brothers who share the same father. Amir is constantly trying to please his father and live up to his expectations, which leads to Amir betraying Hassan several times. In this lesson, we will focus on quotes that highlight Amir 's betrayal in The Kite Runner.

Amir 's First Betrayal

The first time that Amir betrays Hassan is when he chooses not to help Hassan because he wanted to show his father that he had captured the kite in the competition. Hassan has been cornered by Assef who is sexually assaulting him; Amir has an opportunity to rescue Hassan, but he doesn 't. Take a look at this passage, which is from Amir 's perspective:

'I stopped watching, turned away from the alley. Something warm was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from the knuckles. I realized something else. I was weeping. From just around the corner, I could hear Assef 's…

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