A Literary Analysis of Internal and External Conflict in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Miguel Anguel Ruiz once said, “People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies” (Ruiz). Many conflicts are faced by the protagonists in Khaled Hosseini’s writing of The Kite Runner, where the protagonists: Amir and Hassan must survive an ever changing cultural landscape; where corrupt governments and deceit are commonplace. Throughout the progression of the plot, the audience views a very different side of Amir, from a boy immersed in a world of affluence and privilege to a young gentleman; who returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to redeem his family’s reputation. The youth, adolescence and adulthood of Amir Khan clearly demonstrate conflict in a world so different from ours. Afghanistan from the 1970s to the year 2001 was a very trying time in the life of the Afghanistan culture; with the overthrowing of the government and where the the Taliban became the power figure. Amir’s actions in failing to support his friend, his longing for love from his father and how his father lacked affection, how Baba was secretive towards his love towards both boys and Amir’s feeling of inadequacy when he received Hassan’s gift demonstrates conflict among the protagonists and antagonists in The Kite Runner. Amir Khan faces many conflicts within himself and conflicts with his encounters with others after he witnesses the rape of his friend Hassan. The aftermath of Hassan’s rape, negatively affects Amir and he wishes that he did

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