The Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns Essay

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June ‎18, ‎2011

The Kite Runner Vs. A Thousand Splendid Suns

Travel to Afghanistan, a world where was has no end, a world where the Taliban rules, a country that is divided between political powers and religiously idealistic views and beliefs and a world where our characters lives have collided through pain and suffering. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns both explore the idea that a significant individual can inspire a course of action, which may result in a change of self. Both novels share a personal history of what the people of Afghanistan had and have to endure in an ordinary every day life leaving their daily routines just a memory. Both novels strongly explore the different depths of friendship.

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Hassan refuses to give up Amir's kite, so Assef exacts his revenge, assaulting and anally raping him. Wondering why Hassan is taking so long, Amir searches for Hassan and hides when he hears Assef's voice. He witnesses what happens to Hassan but is too scared to help him. Afterwards, for some time Hassan and Amir keep a distance from each other. Amir’s self image at the beginning of the novel is one in which he views himself as a coward, worthless and selfish. “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran. I ran because I was a coward… I was afraid of getting hurt… I aspired to cowardice… He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?" This quote indicates that Amir defines himself as a coward and is ashamed of his fear and lack of courage. The repetition of the “I” indicates that Amir is constantly thinking of himself in the desperate situation despite it is actually Hassan’s life and safety that is threatened. He feels that his cowardice in Hassan's rape would destroy any hopes for Baba's affections, so he says nothing. As war rips Afghanistan apart, Amir and his father flee, arriving in California. Amir decides he

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