Exposition of Themes in the Kite Runner

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Salomon Djakpa Professor Ralph Satterthwaite English 14-001 21 April 2013 Exposition of Themes in the Kite Runner The kite runner by Khaled Hussein is novel is about Amir’s life and what he is been through. He is the protagonist in The Kite Runner, which means that he also is a major character in the novel. He starts as a character lacking of heroic qualities. His problematic relationship with his father and an unusually close friendship with Hassan makes him hostile. Amir betrays his friend Hassan at various times; he is very jealous and only wants the love and affection of his father. Later in the novel, Amir moved to the United States and finds out that Hassan is his half-brother. As a new immigrant, life in the U.S is not easy for him. He was feeling guilty for all the bad things he did to Hassan. Therefore, to redeem himself, he rescued Hassan’s son Sohrab from Assef in Afghanistan. Betrayal, redemption and the father and son relationship are three major themes portrayed in the novel. Betrayal can be considered a form of sin. It is enduring and ends up being like a cycle in The Kite Runner. For most of the novel, Amir attempts to deal with his guilt by avoiding it. However, doing this clearly does nothing toward redeeming himself, and thus his guilt lasts. He watches Hassan get raped by Assef and says and does nothing to stop it. Then to make matters worse he is cruel toward Hassan. He beats him, he throws pomegranates at him, he is no longer willing to be his friend even though that is the only thing in the world Hassan wants and needs after his horrific experience. The final act of betrayal was when he framed Hassan for stealing the watch and money to drive him away from his home. Ali and Hassan decide to leave after that. As life goes on everyone but Baba learns what happened to Hassan. Amir’s betrayal acts were all caused because of his

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