Kite Runner Essay

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Literature Circle Notes: Connector What other books might you compare to The Kite Runner? I chose to compare the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck to the novel we are currently reading, The Kite Runner. At first glance, these books may seem to come from completely different genres; which they do. I have done close reading and found parallels between the two novels. In the book The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan have an odd friendship. They have grown up together, fed from the same breast, and been raised in the same house but Amir still does not call Hassan a friend. This gives the reader the impression that because Amir’s father is wealthy, and they are Pashtuns, Amir considers himself better than Hassan. This fact has a great impact on their friendship because Amir is constantly testing it, and Hassan is willing to do anything for him. In the novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have a similar friendship. George seems to be the overpowering one of the friendship. There are some events in the book that show is aggressive characteristics such as when he tells Lennie to jump in the river, and he does it. This relationship shows the similarities of how Hassan was willing to do anything for Amir, while Lennie was willing to do anything for George. There is also times where George is frustrated with Lennie because of how incapable he is of doing anything. George constantly feels superior in the friendship because he is more knowledgeable than Lennie. This compares to the event in the Kite Runner when Amir feels more superior when he knows how to read and Hassan does not. What is an event or theme from another book you can compare to The Kite Runner? One of the main conflicts in the novel The Kite Runner is an ongoing struggle Amir endures with his past. He feels guilty because he watched his friend get raped and he was too cowardly to

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