The Kite Runner And Amir's Relationship

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The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, follows Amir, a boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, through his emotion-filled life. Throughout the novel, we witness Amir’s experiences with extreme guilt, unworthiness, selfishness, and selflessness. Majority of his relationships have one of these embedded into them. Including his relationships with Hassan, his family’s servant, and his dad, Baba. Hassan and his father, Ali, both serve Baba and Amir. Hassan is around Amir’s age, and because of that, they often played together. To Amir, Baba treated Hassan better than he did him. Amir was jealous of that because he wanted Baba to love him the same way he questionably loved Hassan. Khaled Hosseini used The Kite Runner to support the idea that the only sin is theft …show more content…
Baba told him “When you kill a man, you steal a life… You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness” (Hosseini 18). Because Amir yearned for that emotional connection with his father, he constantly searched for ways to get his approval. Baba considered Amir to be weak and someone who could not stand up for himself, which is opposite from Hassan. Near the beginning of the novel, Amir wins a kite running tournament, and Hassan goes to retrieve the losing kite for him so he could show Baba. Amir goes after Hassan, only to find him trapped by three neighborhood boys in an alley. Hassan was being raped. In Amir’s mind, that was his chance to decide whether he was going to be a coward and let his dad down, or “...step into that alley, stand up for Hassan---- the way [Hassan had] stood up for [him] all of those times in the past--- and accept whatever would happen to [him]” (Hosseini 77). Amir decided to run away, leaving Hassan by himself while in danger. Amir stole Hassan’s opportunity for protection and safety from the boys who were hurting him. Amir wanted to go back to Baba and see how proud he was of him, at the expense of Hassan’s innocence. What he thought would be his chance to “win” Baba over turned out to be his ultimate downfall. He caused himself to …show more content…
Khaled Hosseini exhibits this by means of Hassan’s ravishment, and Amir’s cowardly act of running away from the problem. Hosseini also accomplished this on account of Baba and his inability to tell Amir and Hassan the truth, which was that they were half brothers. Additionally, he used Baba and Amir’s relationship by expressing the problems their relationship had, and implying solutions that they could have benefitted from. These compelling precedents gave The Kite Runner impactful scenarios made Hosseini’s claim about thievery

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