The Kite Runner - Literary Criticism Essay

1472 Words Dec 7th, 2011 6 Pages
Danil Kukovitskiy

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini can be seen as a great book but at the same time one that is too simple and easy. In discussions of The Kite Runner, one controversial issue has been the inner levels of the novel. On one hand, many people believe that the novel is filled with numerous themes that are deep and make one think about the human experience and will leave you thinking long after you finish reading it. On the other hand, there are also many literary critics who contend that opinion and say that the novel is overly sentimental and simplistic. The view I obtained while reading The Kite Runner would be in agreement with the first statement. I also believe that the novel is deep and makes one think
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If critics say that the story is too simplistic and easy, then that could be easily arguable through the text. Hosseini touches on themes that people go through everyday and some that are rare but still make you think about them just as much. One example would be Hosseini writing “I wanted to tell them that, in Kabul, we snapped a tree branch and used it as a credit card. Hassan and I would take the wooden stick to the bread maker. He'd carve notches on our stick with his knife, one notch for each loaf of naan he'd pull for us from the tandoor's roaring flames. At the end of the month, my father paid him for the number of notches on the stick. That was it. No questions. No ID" (128). Amir thought this to himself after Baba had gone crazy in a convenience store because he didn’t have the cash and wanted to write a check. However, the proprietor asked for ID. This showed the difference between a society in another country with trust and community so tightly woven that money isn’t an important factor, while in America after two years of Baba and Amir going to the same store they had (in Baba’s eyes) the audacity to ask for ID, as if he wasn’t good for it. This is a small quote and can be easily missed and forgotten but if thought about, really shows something not that clear; something like that can not exist in a book criticized to be overly simple.
As previously mentioned the novel touches on many quotes and ideas. One

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