Kite Runner- Friendship Essay

805 Words Nov 16th, 2010 4 Pages
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, friendship is a recurring theme that is both

important and vital to the story because it helps Amir rid himself of guilt and be good again,

teaches Sohrab how to trust, and allows Amir and Hassan, as well as Baba and Ali, to be friends

although they are on two completely different social levels. Amir, the protagonist in this novel,

tells the story of his life from a young oblivious boy to a man who finally has his life figured

out. At a young age he betrays his servant-friend, Hassan, by leaving him helpless as their

nemesis, Assef, rapes him. Guilt lingers over Amir, bringing out a selfish quality that affects

his friendships and decisions throughout the book from then on.
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After taking Sohrab to places around the city and making a few

promises, Sohrab seems to finally trust Amir and he is happy. Amir and Soraya decide that it is

only morally right to take Sohrab to America to live with them and Sohrab agrees to go. Amir’s

determination to be friends with Sohrab paid off. The two of them were both untroubled and

Sohrab went from being a farouche boy to a gleeful one in a just a few weeks. Friends can really

make a difference to someone who is woebegone and lost in their own dull world.

Hassan was once lost in his own miserable world too. But in those times Amir was

not mature enough to help Hassan like he helped Sohrab when he was older. In the winter

of 1975 Amir thought that Hassan was his servant and that they only played together but

were not friends. He was brought up around Pashtuns showing Hazaras their place like Assef

showed Hassan. “But in none of his stories did Baba ever refer to Ali as his friend. The curious

thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either…Because history isn’t easy to

overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni

and he was Shi’a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing” (25). Amir was raised

thinking this. He knew no better. When Hassan was being raped he thought that Assef was right

and that Hassan was a Hazara and it was not considered a crime for a Pashtun to show him

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