Amir And Hassan Compare And Contrast

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While examining Khaled Hosseini 's extraordinary novel The Kite Runner, the reader will be surprised by the vivid and engaging events created by the main characters; Amir and Hassan. The astonishing story about these two boys leaves a sense of anticipation throughout the novel as to whether or not Amir 's mistake will completely destroy Amir and Hassan 's childhood friendship. Hosseini creatively weaves comparisons and contrasts into his entire novel in order to portray Amir and Hassan 's similarities and differences. Although Amir and Hassan are childhood playmates, Hosseini 's theme throughout the book is that forgiveness is essential in order to preserve a friendship. Although Amir and Hassan were friends, they had their differences. …show more content…
The difference between the two boys shows that they could not have a good friendship because Amir did not have an equal amount of love for Hassan. Despite Amir and Hassan 's differences, they also had many similarities. The two boys were more than just friends; they were brothers. Amir and Hassan were similar in more ways than they even realized in the beginning of Hosseini 's novel. Both boys felt a connection because they were told, "that there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break" (11). After Amir 's mistake, the close-nit friendship begins to crumble between the two brothers. Amir longs for the forgiveness of Hassan, as well as forgiveness from himself. Hassan also wants to forgive Amir. Amir cannot stop thinking about how he did not stand up for his brother; the one who had told him, "for you a thousand times over" (67). Both boys are similar because they both needed and wanted forgiveness. They both wished the circumstances did not happen, but as time went on, they accepted the fact that the terrible event could not be …show more content…
The ultimate reason why Amir and Hassan forgive each other is because they were brothers. The message is that in order to preserve a friendship, forgiveness in needed. This theme is easily recognized. Hassan and Amir could not forgive one another, and their friendship failed, but when both boys accepted and granted forgiveness for one another, the bond they had in the beginning was reached again. In the end, Amir never gets the opportunity to tell Hassan how sorry he is, but the brilliant Hosseini gives the reader a sense of peace when he uses Sorhab as a way for Amir to forgive himself. This is one of the numerous ways Hosseini ties in how important forgiveness is in a friendship. Without the comparisons and contrasts between Amir and Hassan, the theme that forgiveness in order to preserve a friendship would not be

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