Theme Of Irony In The Kite Runner

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As a young kid without a mother, your father means everything to you; but when your dad makes
You feel like you have to fight for his affection, you will stop at nothing to achieve it. In the kite runner, Amir and Hassan have an eccentric relationship. Amir has mixed emotions, and wonders whether to call Hassan his best friend, brother, or servant. When baba (his father) treats Amir and the servant Hassan as equals, hatred swells within Amir. Hassan endures physical, mental, and sexual abuse in order to make Amir happy but it is not enough; and Amir just grows farther away from Hassan because of his guilt. Hassan eventually leaves and Amir wonders why baba is so crushed. Many years later, a move to America, and a new fresh start at life; Amir
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Irony is used in the kite runner frequently, and really contributes to the meaning of the book. Baba says “Now, no matter how much the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. Do you understand that?” (Pg 19) this is ironic because baba stole both of his son’s rights to know each other. To know they were blood. If Amir knew that his brother was being beaten or raped, he could have acted differently to the situation. Amir wanted baba’s love, and he believed that if he let Hassan fall, he would have it all. He never knew why Hassan received so much attention from his father. But for Amir to know that the reason why Hassan was so loved by baba because he was his blood, Amir could 've saved his brother from the torture he endured. Baba also says “we may be hard-headed and I know we 're far too proud, but in the hour of need, believe me that there 's no one you 'd rather have at your side than a Pashtun.” (Pg 169). This is ironic because Amir is Pashtun, and Hassan is hazara. Hassan always defended Amir from bullies, but Amir did not do the same. In the end, Hassan was abused because Amir is scared, and did not want to get hurt …show more content…
It is difficult to find in the kite runner, but there is an allegorical scene in which Hassan is sexually abused. The scene is very descriptive and appalling, and many wonder why it has to be so disturbing. Amir watches his friend with terror and fear, but does absolutely nothing to stop the boys. Hassan is afghanistan, and Amir is the United States. See, the U.S. watched as Afghanistan was brutally attacked by the soviets, and then attacked by the Taliban. Hosseini says in an interview “that scene is reminiscent of what happened to afghanistan. The afghans fought a 10 year war against the soviets were a million people died and countless others were displaced and maimed and hurt.” Instead of taking action to help, we just watched, over and over as the afghans were tortured and killed by soviets. There is also another allegory in the book. Amir talks about the traditional killing of a sheep. “The sheep kicks. But not much. The mullah grabs it under its jaw and places the blade on its neck… I see the sheep’s eyes… This is the look” (pg 79). Hassan was the sheep who had surrendered to the inevitable torture he endured. One can 't forget though that Amir was just a little boy who was scared of what would happen to him. That is why he didn 't fight back to help his friend, the surrendered sheep. But he also didn 't tell Hassan that they could have the kite, those words could of saved Hassan. Amir just wanted Baba’s love,

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