Book Review: The Kite Runner Essay

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The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is about a man named Amir who lives in modern San Francisco. He tells the story of him growing up in Afghanistan, and the events that follow him after a incident he witnessed in his childhood 26 years earlier. The story begins with him telling the readers that when he was a boy, he lived with his father, Baba, in Kabul, Afghanistan, along with Ali, the Hazara housekeeper, and his son and Amir’s “friend” Hassan. Amir lived a sad life of always trying to get his father’s attention, and that resulted with him betraying Hassan one winter day. After that day, things began to change, Amir, who was suffering from guilt, that forced Hassan and Ali to leave the house. A couple of years later, Amir and Baba …show more content…
He thought Baba was always mad at him because he was the cause of his mother death when she was giving birth to him. So Amir spent most of his life trying to please Baba. Some example would include him winning the kite-fighting tournament, and letting Hassan get rape so he can keep the blue kite that he cut and show it off to Baba. Another example is when Amir returned to Kabul to find Hassan’s son, Sohrab, and take him home to America to live with him and Soraya, after he learns that Hassan is his half-brother who passed away months ago. This also helps Amir to try to make up leaving Hassan alone during the kite-fighting tournament and forcing him to leave the house they once lived in together. One other theme is the love and difficult relationship between fathers and sons. Throughout the novel, there are multiple examples of this theme. Such as when Amir tries to make Baba acknowledge him, and every time, it seems as if Amir’s attempts were ignored. The main reason Baba did this though was because he thought that it wasn’t fair to Hassan, who was his other son, so he had to treat them both equally, which meant that Amir had to be shown love indirectly too. Additionally, this theme also occurs when Amir returns to Kabul to find Sohrab. Amir was trying to act like a replacement father to Sohrab, since Hassan was gone, although the most loving relationship in
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