He is the protagonist. Readers feel compassion for him. He is conflicted in many ways. He is jealous of the relationship and bond Baba has with Hassan. Yet he realises that Hassan is of the lower class in society.”I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.” (Housini 53) He is very emotional and a storyteller. Baba, the father. He is considered a hero and a leader in Kabul. He is Amir’s father. They never really had a strong connection especially in afghanistan. Baba always exceeds the expectations of others, because of that he expects more out of his son. Baba also comes off as someone who lives by his own moral code. He is hiding a secret that he is afraid to tell. Hassan is amir's playmate and servant. He is also the son of Ali. Hassan felt like Amir was his friend but Amir never really thought of Hassan that way.
The novel, The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a story about betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that revolves around that two main characters, Amir and Hassan. Amir is a young selfish boy who constantly manipulates and exploits Hassan for personal gains. He uses Hassan as a scapegoat to win Baba, but upon accomplishing this task, he is riddled with guilt. Amir uses his friendship with Hassan for ulterior motives. His lack of action caused severe guilt, which he tries to escape throughout the entire story. He uses various scapegoats to rid himself of his guilty conscience.
“I thought about Hassan’s dream, the one about us swimming in the lake. There is no monster, he’s said, just water. Expect he’d been wrong about that. There was a monster in the lake… I was that monster.” When looking at this quote some may wonder who would be considered the monster; and in this case Amir would be. The idea of him redeeming himself from being a monster is a recurring theme in the story and the movie.
The book jumps to winter, the time of kite flying games. Kites battle in the sky until one loses. When the kite is defeated, the boys chase after them. Hassan ends up losing and chases the kite, only to find himself trapped in an alley. Amir watches in horror as Hassan is raped by Assef. Amir keeps this to himself, but eventually the guilt is too much. He frames Hassan for stealing which causes
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was a touching book that revolved around loyalty within a friendship. The friendship between Hassan and Amir had some difficulties. A true friendship can be hard to find(,) but can be one of the most vital things to being truly happy. Both Hassan and Amir had proven their loyalty to each other by the end of The Kite Runner. Loyalty was a crucial part in Hassan and Amir’s friendship.
Kite Runner is a novel written by author Khaled Hosseini. The setting takes place in multiple cities and countries such as California, America specifically Fremont, but the main story is in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975 through 2001. The story is about the protagonist and the narrator of the story Amir. Amir is a wealthy Pashtun boy who grows up in Kabul along with his father Baba. When Amir is nearly 12 years old along with his friend Hassan they spend their days trying to win the prizes in the tournament by kite-fighting in the hitherto peaceful city of Kabul. After several kites-fighting competition, the tournament is held in Amir’s neighborhood. Amir simply participate and wins that tournament, but he loses his kite, Hassan tells him he
Amir’s journey begins in Kabul where he grows up with Hassan, his servant. In Kabul, life revolves around Amir’s father, Baba. “Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white” (Hosseini 15). The rich and powerful Baba is able to control nearly every aspect of his life during Amir’s youth. As a late teen, he moves to America as a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Baba and he descend from the top of the social hierarchy to the nearly bottom as their surroundings change. “Six days a week, Baba pulled twelve-hour shifts pumping gas, running the register, changing oil, and washing windshields” (Hosseini 130). They are poor and work extremely hard for everything they have. Finally, when Amir returns to Afghanistan in June 2001, he finds everything he used to know had changed. He is treated just as poorly as the rest of the Afghans. “I feel like a tourist in my own country” (Hosseini 231). He does not feel welcome and eventually leaves again for his “new” home, San
Amir’s mother, Sofia, dies in childbirth; Amir inherits her love of literature and probably her looks to some extent, but, her being dead, never receives any motherly love or guidance, which could have helped him out of the cowardly hole he later digs himself into. Amir’s father’s best friend and business partner, Rahim Khan, tries to give Amir the motherly love he clearly needs, fostering Amir’s love of writing and steadfastly standing up for him when Amir’s father, Baba, criticizes him, but Rahim Khan does not do enough to instill honesty, courage, and strength of conviction in young Amir. Amir’s best friend, Hassan, a servant a year younger than Amir, is everything Amir is not: athletic, brave, loyal, honest, and kind, inciting jealousy in Amir. Assef, a local bully, poses a real threat to Amir, hating Amir for the crime of befriending a Hazara (oppressed ethnic minority), but Amir is protected by Hassan, allowing young Amir to freeze and not stand up for himself in Assef’s presence. Last, but most importantly, is Amir’s father, Baba, and his views on Amir: he blames Amir for Sofia’s death,
Amir, who is the main character The Kite Runner, is a boy who always wanted the admiration and acceptance of his father, Baba. Baba and Amir cannot have the relationship Amir wants to have because of the characteristics that they have and do not share between each other. Amir wants to have Baba all to himself, and not share him with others, such as Hassan. Amir is weak in Baba’s eyes and Amir is not how Baba sees his son to be. But in the end, Amir just wanted to have his fathers respect.
Social conditions are what shape a country. Over the years, people, not only in Afghanistan, but around the world create norms that define people’s roles in life, their future, and how they should be treated based on their gender and beliefs. Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, comments on the social conditions of Afghanistan through telling a story about the lives of two Muslim boys; a privileged Sunni Pashtun, Amir, and his long-time friend and servant, Hassan, a loyal but disadvantaged Shia Hazara. Hosseini expresses Amir’s uncertain feelings toward Hassan which form the decisions he makes throughout the book. These choices result in Amir destroying his relationship with Hassan. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a commentary on the social conditions in Afghanistan as shown through the roles of women and men in society and the ideals of Afghan culture. Unfortunately, these problems are still active in most of Afghanistan.
In chapter seven, Amir and Hassan walk into the street to begin the kite fighting tournament, but Amir suddenly gets cold feet. Hassan steps up once again in the book; and encourages Amir by saying, "Remember, Amir agha. There's no monster, just a beautiful day" (Hosseini, 85). Hassan and Amir both toss the kite into the air. The mass number of kites in the blue sky goes down from thirty to about a dozen. Eventually it comes down to Amir's kite and a blue kite. Amir gets close to the kite, due to a lucky dust of wind, and cuts it down. Amir ends up winning the tournament and Baba was cheering from the rooftop. Amir expresses his success in the
The Kite Runner is about Amir and Hassan in the story where it shows Amir’s life. They similarly go through some fun and rough times. It makes the reader more interested and knows the general idea of what the character or hero is doing step by step. The Kite Runner is a hybrid, meaning it's an epic and a tragedy because it has a “fatal error” and it follows Foster’s five steps to a journey.
When Khaled Hosseini wrote The Kite Runner, he made several important choices involving narration. He chose to write the story in first person from a limited point of view. This is a very fitting decision because, writing in the first person adds a sense of intimacy that is crucial to this story; writing from a limited perspective allows the reader to make their own conclusions about what the characters are thinking. The way Hosseini writes The Kite Runner makes it very intimate, and feels like a person telling their life story. If The Kite Runner had been written in third person, or omnisciently, the story would not have impacted readers as much, and would have been too cold and impersonal to create emotional connections with the reader.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, a story of a boy as he unravels his journey throughout his life. The novel consists of multiple themes such as love, friendship, betrayal, guilt, , secrets, loyalty, and redemption. As the main character, Amir recalls his past events, all of these themes start to unravel specific events that occurred in his life. “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2) is where the novel unfolds the deep dark life of Amir’s regret and guilt, Baba’s secret, and Hassan’s devotion. The book is a true masterpiece which keeps the readers glued to the story as it unfolds. One of the reasons, the story attracts many readers is due to The United States recent conflict with Afghanistan. However, the story has a personal
‘All I saw was the blue kite. All I smelled was victory. Salvation. Redemption’. Good morning Ms Hatton and peers. We have all faced challenges throughout our life, but it is how we endure and face these challenges that shapes and demonstrates our character. In the text The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, we see Amir, A young Afghani man struggle with guilt and identity as he grows emotionally and physically, challenged by those around him. Hosseini uses a multitude of language forms and features to investigate and explore the concept of challenge and endurance, and how forgiveness can free someone.