The Kite Runner, And The Kite Runner, By Khaled Hosseini

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The protagonist usually takes the center stage, but sometimes, the protagonist’s friend leaves a deeper impression. Similarly, in The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the title character is Hassan, the buried friend of the protagonist. He is what indirectly drives the entire course of the story. The unusual title shows the emotional journey and character growth of Amir, the protagonist; throughout the story, “the kite runner” changes its meaning for Amir; The kite runner also refers to the selfless love Hassan has for Amir, which is a theme in the novel. In brief, the author most likely chose this title because of its influence in the book. Because of events that happen early in his life, kite running affects Amir’s decisions throughout the book, which drives the plot. The popular sport of kite fighting consists of two people on a team. Amir is the kite fighter, the person who flies their kite to cut down other kites. And Hassan is Amir’s most loyal servant and friend; he chases down the kites Amir cut down, like a spoil of war. His role, ironically, became the title of the book, The Kite Runner. Amir is still the main character, he narrates the novel, and the novel focuses on his life, not Hassan’s. However, the title is named after Hassan …show more content…
The “kite runner” alludes to the indirect driving force behind most of Amir’s actions. It is not only the most common motif, for Amir, the kite runner symbolizes different aspects at different points of his life, like the innocence of childhood and the lost of innocence after his childhood. Moreover, it represents the theme of unselfish love Hassan has for Amir, and later Amir has for Sohrab. Although Hassan physically is only in the first third of the novel, he is of relevance all the way until the end. Therefore, because of Hassan’s weight in the novel, his title becomes what Hosseini chooses for the name of the

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