Change -- Kite Runner and Lord of the Flies

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Essay – Change in The Kite Runner Change is in fact a complex and often difficult process. This perception was explored in both the provided novel The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, and my related text Lord of the Flies, an allegorical novel written by William Golding. In both of these novels, the idea that change is complex and difficult can be seen through the following concepts; change may involve the necessity of elements of sacrifice, a change of roles in the family or community can be emotionally difficult, and the same change affects different people in different ways. In The Kite Runner, Hosseini establishes that in order to change an aspect of your life, a sacrifice is required. Amir sought to change the relationship he had with his father, that is, from a negative and disapproving nature to a loving and affectionate one. In the process of Amir obtaining the blue kite (his key to Baba's heart), he sacrifices Hassan's welfare and childhood innocence by allowing him to be raped. Hosseini shows that Baba has accepted him when Amir says "I buried my face in the warmth of his chest and wept. Baba held me close to him, rocking me back and forth. In his arms, I forgot what I’d done. And that was good." The use of emotive language emphasises the guilt that Amir feels as a result of betraying Hassan; the sacrifice he made to invoke a change. This sacrifice early in his life acts as an enormous catalyst for change, showing that sacrifice is essential for creating a change. Sacrifice is present throughout Amir's early years, most prominently being shown through the act of kite fighting, such as when Amir comments on how "every boy in Kabul bore tell-tale horizontal gashes on his fingers from a whole winter of fighting kites" The idea of wounded hands and scarred fingers is repeated again in Amir's dreams, and Amir says "I see deep, parallel gashes across

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