Irony In The Kite Runner

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Isn’t it ironic? From Amir and Hassan’s hidden brotherhood, and Hassan and Sohrab’s resemblance, to Hassan’s rape, Amir constantly faces ironic situations, in Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, making his life a source of repetitive irony. This however, develops this character’s personality, as well as shapes the person he becomes and his relationship with other characters in the novel. In particular, these ironic events affect the relation Amir has with Hassan and Sohrab, and induce Amir’s feeling of guilt.

Hassan’s rape is the first significant piece of conflict which appears in the novel, and the most important piece of irony as well, with considerable recurring consequences throughout the story. First and foremost, the event of Hassan’s rape,
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Firstly, this event displays irony as Baba hid this from him even though he saw lying as a sin, as stealing someone’s right to know the truth. This event furthermore shows irony as Amir never saw Hassan as a brother, barely as a friend. Amir’s thoughts mostly display this as he thinks to himself during Hassan’s rape, “he was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” Amir treating Hassan as a Hazara and servant affects how their relation develops, as he takes advantage of him, whilst Hassan remains a loyal ‘friend’. Amir treating Hassan as nothing more than a Hazara reinforces the guilt he has, the guilt of treating his brother as a servant. Hassan's death puts further emphasis on his guilt because Amir can never live a brotherhood with Hassan. The knowledge of his hidden brotherhood, affects Amir’s decision to go find Sohrab, as he feels the need to rescue his nephew in order to revendicate himself for Hassan. It furthermore affects Amir and Sohrab’s relationship, as Amir starts to treat him in a fraternal manner, displaying his conversion into Hassan, therefore becoming more loyal and
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