Kite Runner Essay

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Formal Writing- Kite Runner “There is way to be good again.” This remark of Rahim Khan suggested to Amir that he could make up for his past mistakes. This realistic novel highlights the tension between two ethnic groups the Pashtun and the Hazara living together in 1970’s Afghanistan. This is shown in the story through the two main characters and their childhood friendship as Pashtun and Hazara boys. A significant event in Kite Runner is the Assef’s violation of Hassan after the kite flying tournament. When Amir decided to run away from Assef’s attack on Hassan, it meant that he chose to protect himself rather than help his friend. Amir’s betrayal leads to the key idea of the need for redemption. The author, Khaled Hosseni, shows the importance of redemption through the narrator, Amir, whose sins in the early stages of his life, resulted in a sense of guilt. By the end of Kite Runner, Amir has freed his conscience from a cycle of lies and is relieved when he finally saves Sohrab, son of Hassan. From the opening of the novel it is shown to the reader that there is a gradual character development of Amir. He says, “Standing in the kitchen with the receiver to my ear, I knew it wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins.” This is referring to Amir’s betrayal to Hassan, this use of dialogue shows the reader that Amir’s guilt has finally caught up with him. Amir and Hassan spent their childhood together as best friends and when Amir won his kite race, Hassan offered to fetch the winning kite. At this time, Assef the local bully approached Hassan to get the kite. As a Hazara, Hassan would have been expected to hand the kite over to the Pashtun Asssef. However in his loyalty to Amir he disobeys Assef’s command, the result is that Assef proceeds to violate him to punish him. The incident in the alleyway was watched by Amir without
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