Theme Of Loyalty In The Kite Runner

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The test of a good friend, is their loyalty. What would a friend do if you are going through a rough time? Would they stay by you or walk away? What if you embarrass them? Would they hold a grudge or be understanding and forgive you? In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan is the kind of friend most people wish to have; he is loyal, kind, understanding, trustworthy, brave, the list could go on. Amir, however, is the exact opposite of him, yet Hassan remains a loyal friend to him throughout their lives. This loyalty is shown in the many ways that he cooperates with Amir, stands up for him, and in the many times he sacrifices for him.
Hassan and Amir grew up together, and although they were very different, they acted just like brothers.
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Before he ran off, he told Amir, “for you a thousand times over” (67). These words symbolized Hassan’s solemn promise to Amir not to return without the kite. “For you a thousand times over” (67) was Hassan’s way of telling Amir that no matter the cost, he would bring him the kite. Hassan knew the kite was Amir’s chance at making Baba proud and finally being the son he had always wanted. Failing to bring the kite back to him would have meant he failed his friend and had broken a promise, hence his determination to find it. Hassan was not the kind of person to break a promise or to disappoint a friend, especially Amir, and Amir understood that, “Good old Hassan. Good old reliable Hassan. He’d kept his promise and run the last kite for me” (70). Hassan suffered because of his loyalty to …show more content…
He and Farzana moved their things into the hut in the backyard, where he was born. I pleaded for them to move into one of the guest bedrooms upstairs, but Hassan would hear nothing of it. “What will Amir agha think?” (206)
Even many years later, he still refused to disappoint and disrespect Amir when he returned home. Hassan went right back to the way things used to be; he spent his time cleaning, rebuilding, and preparing the home for Amir. But when the Taliban showed up instead of Amir, Hassan knew he could not give up his home without at least trying to defend it. “Hassan protested” (218) the Taliban, knowing that if they moved in, they would destroy his and Amir’s home and all of the memories within it. Hassan’s loyalty to Amir has been prominent since their birth and can be seen in the many things he does for Amir throughout their lives. From the little things like playing along with his games, to dying while defending their childhood home, Hassan’s loyalty is one characteristic that never changes about him. While loyalty is a wonderful characteristic to possess, Hassan’s loyalty often leads him to sacrificing many things, including his own life. However, in some perspectives friendship is truly worth any

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