Cultural Differences in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

1160 WordsJul 9, 20185 Pages
Who knew that the most opposite of people could become one in the same? The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini shows a capacious amount of love, betrayal, and friendship towards two completely different people. Amir, the son of a wealthy man in Kabul, Afghanistan, develops a friendship with his servant, Hassan. Amir and Hassan have a rather complicated relationship for two personalities that are originally very different. Hassan has strong feelings for Amir, but Amir never admits to their friendship because of their difference in social standing. As the years progressed, Amir is put in a difficult situation, during which his actions affect their lives forever which led them to follow two separate paths. Looking into his past, aged and wise…show more content…
What Amir learns while visiting his friend, Rahim Khan, would lead him to what he considered redemption. Amir discovers Hassan had been killed, but his son is still alive, and the shocker is that Hassan and Amir are half-brothers. With the original idea of giving his son to a placement organization, Amir sets out to save him from the orphanage to provide him a better home. Amir finally decides to stand up for himself, unlike his childhood self, and knew that he had to find this child. He was not going to be the same coward that was back as a child. Along his journey to find his nephew, he stays at a house with a family in a poor financial state, and decides to leave them money under their mattress. This action truly shows how he has changed to be more similar to Hassan. As recalled from the beginning of the novel, Amir puts money under a mattress to hurt someone, but now later in his life, he redeems himself by doing it for good. Amir is adopting the caring traits that Hassan had throughout his childhood when Amir struggled to be thoughtful of others. During Amir’s trip back to Afghanistan, his personality starts to transform and soon after, he completes his transformation into Hassan. During the process of retrieving Hassan’s son, Amir finally is able to accept his past and is shown to be very similar to Hassan both in physical features and personality. Amir travels to a Taliban building, where he
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