Analysis Of Khaled Hosseini 's ' The Kite Runner '

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Thando Muchemenyi
Mr. Super
English 10 Honours
11 March 2015
Like Father Like Son
Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, uses irony repeatedly throughout the novel. Amir, the protagonist faces the unintended consequences from his actions. These situations are often ironic as they are the complete opposite of what Amir intended to do. Through the use of irony, Khaled Hosseini reveals the hidden similarities between fathers and sons, thus creating more emotion, value, and meaning to the novel.
On the day of the kite tournament, Amir hopes bringing back the blue kite to his father would make his father proud of him. But by making the decision to not stop Assef from raping Hassan was definitely not going to make his father proud. Amir chose his father’s approval over doing the right thing, which was helping his best friend, Hassan. Baba had once said, “In the hour of need, believe me there’s no one you’d rather have at your side than a Pashtun.”(Hosseini 60) This is extremely ironic because Amir, the Pashtun was unable to help Hassan in his time of need yet Hassan, the Hazar was always willing and ready to help Amir in all his times of need. Amir learns that Baba is actually Hassan’s biological father and that Baba had betrayed his best friend Ali, by conceiving Hassan with Ali’s wife. And so Amir understands that he is just like Baba in the sense that they both share betrayal of their best friends.
Baba and Amir share more than just betrayal of their best friends.
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