Essays On The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner Essay

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The Kite Runner

Reading for leisure provides valuable insight into the author’s imagination or prior experience giving the reader a different perspective on a certain topic or culture. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, we are introduced into a world of privilege in Afghanistan for the main character, Amir, combated with his best friend and half brother Hassan, their lowly Hazara servant. The two boys were raised together but being a Hazara is seen as an inferior race to many of the other more privileged Afghan boys, in particular a vile aggressive boy named Assef. The novel gets its name from a leisure activity known as kite fighting in Afghanistan in which Amir takes part as the main fighter while Hassan is his kite runner. Amir…show more content…

Amir discovers that Hassan is actually his half brother and in an attempt to relieve the guilt he still feels for not helping Hassan on that sad day, he agrees to help Hassan’s son Sohrab despite the successful life he leads in America. When he gets to Afghanistan, Amir is forced to meet with Assef who is a leader of the Taliban and who has Sohrab under his control. A presumed fight to the death ensues where Amir is nearly beaten to death before Sohrab shoots him in the eye with his slingshot. The two are able to retreat back to America where Amir symbolically teaches the quiet Sohrab to fly kites which provides a slight glimpse of hope for the future of everyone still alive. The Kite Runner is a perfect example of how leisure reading can give valuable insight into other cultures while enjoying the stories involved. The first half of the book gives a glimpse of how some cultures contain much more rigid class stratification based on race and the status one is born into. Hassan is born a Hazara servant and even though he is Amir’s best friends and unknown to them half brother, he still does all the things a servant is supposed to do such as cleaning and cooking while remaining a loyal friend to Amir. We see that in their culture, it is not appropriate for people of Amir’s status to associate so close

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The Kite Runner Literary Analysis Essay

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The Kite Runner Analysis The expression "riddled with guilt" is a good way to describe the main character's life, Amir, in the book The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is a story about an Afghan boy, Amir, who has many hardships throughout his life as he grows from a boy living in war-torn Afghanistan, to a successful writer living in America. Amir experiences many events that caused him to carry a great amount of guilt throughout his life. So much guilt that it even turned him into an insomniac. He needed to find a way to make amends which would allow him to forgive himself and hopefully, one day, be able to sleep soundly again. Guilt was a main theme that occurred over and over again throughout the story.…show more content…

One night he was tossing and turning and said to no one, "'I watched Hassan get raped.' A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear so I wouldn't have to live with this lie anymore...I was the monster...That was the night I became an insomniac." (pg. 86) At that point even being around Hassan was a constant reminder of Amir's failures and that made him angry but feeling angry added even more guilt. In Amir's desperate attempt to get out from under feelings of crushing guilt, he planted his birthday present of a watch and some money under Hassan's mattress and told Baba. "I knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies." (pg.104) But when Hassan replied "yes" to stealing, Amir "flinched, like I'd been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan's final sacrifice for me." (pg. 105) Amir said he loved Hassan in that moment, more than he ever loved anyone but he didn't tell the truth. He remained silent hoping that the stealing would get them fired and he could "move on, forget, start with a clean slate...be able to breathe again." (pg. 106) However, Baba forgave Hassan for stealing, to Amir's complete shock, but Ali insisted they leave anyway and that broke Baba's heart. Amir does move on with his life but doesn't begin to forgive himself or let go of the load of guilt he carried until the story

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