Book Review : ' Kite Runner ' Essay

1255 Words Aug 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Joseph Lu
ALARP II
IF
8-1-15
Kite Runner Essay Prompt 3

Amir was never truly happy in Kabul, Afghanistan; there was always something wrong, whether it be guilt, betrayal, or societal expectations. For example, Amir incessantly attempted to make his father, Baba, proud of having him as a son; however, he could never seem to truly connect with Baba. Whether it be his courage or his interests in life, Amir was always lacking. All of a sudden, war erupted in Afghanistan; Amir became a refugee that had to flee his own country. Unfortunately, he also had to leave his friends behind and his comfort zone. As the years passed by it became increasingly clear that Amir’s separation from Afghanistan was not as detrimental as imagined. In America, he was free of the harsh judgements, the ridicule, and the expectations that Afghan society placed on individuals. He was happy. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s exile alienates him from his friends and thrusts him out of his “safety net”; however, it also benefits him because he was free from Afghan societal judgements and expectations. Moreover, Amir’s exile causes him to rescue Hassan’s son from Kabul, allowing him to finally forgive himself. These experiences allow Amir to emphasize the book’s main themes: new beginnings and forgiveness. Amir is able to emphasize the book’s main theme, new beginnings, when he leaves Afghanistan to go to America and alienates himself from his close friend, Rahim Khan. On Amir’s thirteenth birthday he is…

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