The Kite Runner Essay

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What are the essential values and ideas presented in The Kite Runner? Analyse and assess how effective their representation is

Hosseini has expressed copious essential values and ideas in his novel The Kite Runner (TKR) including Loyalty, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity and Atonement. Hosseini has expressed these through the combination of style, structure, characterisation, themes and setting.
Due to the context of The Kite Runner, culture is an important idea presented because it has major significance in Afghanistan life and the characters are shaped by it. The majority of the novel is set in Afghanistan which is a country with a very strong culture. The culture of this novel is caused by the setting and is shown through language
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Throughout the novel the value of loyalty is underlying and its importance is questioned in regards to different characters. Hosseini shows how it is hard for people to keep their loyalty and how much worse the consequences of not staying loyal are. He has expressed the value of loyalty through plot and characterisation. Different aspects of loyalty can be seen through the different character relationships. Baba seems to be very loyal to Ali as he still provides him with a home and food etc. but later we find out that he was actually disloyal as he slept with Ali’s wife, Amir is not loyal to Hassan but rather uses him and Hassan’s mother is disloyal to Hassan at first as she leaves him but later shows loyalty to him by returning. Each character has wavering loyalty except for Hassan who shows unconditional loyalty to Amir. Even after everything that Amir does to Hassan, watching him get raped, not sticking up for him, Hassan still sacrifices himself for Amir. Hassan is symbolic of the lamb because of his loyalty and sacrifice for Amir. This can be seen when Amir sets Hassan up to make it look like he had stolen Amir’s watch.
“He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again.” (Amir)
This quote shows both sides of loyalty, Amir refusing to be loyal and betraying Hassan, and Hassan’s unconditional loyalty as he still

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