Kite Runner Oral

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The Kite Runner Oral Topic – "Loss is the main theme of The Kite Runner." Discuss. A city; and three roads that lead both away from the city and to it. In the novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, there are many themes but the main one in my eyes is loss, loss of family, friendship and identity. Each theme has its own road and ideas, but they all lead back to loss. The city of loss and the three roads, of fatherhood, betrayal and identity. The first theme road I'll travel down is fatherhood, and the role it plays in the character's lives during The Kite Runner. Hosseini has used fatherhood in a strong yet subtle way throughout the novel; Amir takes the obvious father son role with Baba and underneath is Baba's discreet fatherly leanings towards Hassan. From Amir's narrative view we see a boy who strives to be something his father can be proud of and a father who is disappointed in his son. Hosseini has made Baba and Amir's relationship rather broken in the beginning of the story; Baba even saying, "If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he's my son." After the Russians invade and the pair flees to America their relationship changes, from being rifted it becomes two people trying their best to make up for what they didn't have before. They work together at the flea market and Baba lets Amir choose his uni courses. Baba's death is a loss, not only to Amir, "Noting the two inches of empty space between the collar button and Baba’s neck. I thought of all the empty spaces Baba would leave behind when he was gone." This demonstrates Amir's first loss of fatherhood. When Amir receives a call from Rahim Khan telling him, "There is a way to be good again," he returns to Afghanistan only to loose his image of Baba's heroism to the truth; Baba lied and denied Amir the truth about his family and about Hassan. He

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