Analysis Of Khaled Hosseini 's ' The Kite Runner '

1076 Words Jan 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Humans differ from other species in that they are constantly asking questions; in particular, Shakespeare’s famous “to be or not to be?” enters the mind. In the case of The Kite Runner, readers examine a similar question: to betray or not to betray? In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, different characters choose to either engage in or avoid betrayal due to personal motives, subsequently influencing their future. Sanaubar, Hassan’s mother, holds intense motivations to betray those closest to her. Hosseini reveals Sanaubar’s infidelity in a conversation between Rahim Khan and Amir, stating, “‘Ali was sterile.’ ‘No he wasn’t. ‘He and Sanaubar had Hassan, didn’t they? They had Hassan—’ ‘No they didn’t,’…‘Then who—’ ‘I think you know who’” (222). The guilt and shame Sanaubar likely feels after her act of immorality must be immense, as she committed adultery, a crime against her husband. She wishes to avoid the issue, rather than confront it; giving birth to Hassan, from her perspective, is a reminder of this fault, only exacerbated by his physical appearance. Sanaubar views Hassan’s harelip as a manifestation of her errors, leading her to think that he, too, is a mistake. Additionally, because Hassan only adds to the complications in her life, she is disgusted by his existence alone: “‘There,’ she had said. ‘Now you have your own idiot child to do all your smiling for you!’” (Hosseini 10). Sanaubar’s hostility toward her son is not only rooted in a lack of desire, but also in…
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