The Kite Runner Hassan Identity Analysis

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Hassan is a motherless Hazara boy who lives with Ali, his “father”, in Baba’s backyard (Hosseini, 2003). He is Amir’s best friend, servant, and half-brother, as well as, Baba’s son. He is known for his loyalty to Amir and Baba, even after Amir betrays him by allowing Hassan’s rape and telling Baba that Hassan is a thief (Hosseini, 2003). He enjoys listening to Amir’s stories and kite running, however, one day of kite running changed Hassan and Amir’s relationship forever. After Amir had won the kite races, Hassan had run for the trophy kite. Upon retrieving the kite, Hassan is cornered by Assef and his buddies and ends up being raped because he will not give up the kite he ran for Amir (Hosseini, 2003). Amir having witnessed the rape feels …show more content…
It is for that reason that the Identity Negotiation Theory is best used to analyze Hassan’s identity through the many dialectics that Hassan has. The interactions that Hassan has with his ethic and religious group members shows how he feels secure in his identity. However, it is also his role as Amir and Baba’s servant that helps show his security in his identity and proves that Hassan knows what he wants—to serve. Hassan, despite the disadvantages of his religion and ethic group, seems to feel included in Baba’s household and among those he encounters with the same religious and ethnic backgrounds. The identity predictability and consistency points out that Hassan will always remain loyal to others with a special loyalty to Amir, whom he considers to be his best friend. Hassan has faced many difficulties and negative interactions, however, he remains predictable and consistent in his identity without waiver. This means that Hassan never changes, he remains loyal and courageous from start to finish regardless if the person he is loyal to deserves it. Lastly, Hassan has many personal connections with individuals he interacts with. This includes Amir whom he has had the deepest bond with since birth, Baba who is his real father and shares a love for the Hazara boy, and Ali who has raised him and took care of him. It is through all these dialectics within the Identity Negotiation Theory that Hassan is deemed competent because he proves that he feels understood, respected, and affirmatively valued by those he interacts with the

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