The Kite Runner

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Literary Analysis Contemporary Literature 1-2 The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a novel about friendship and loyalty between two Afghan boys. Amir, who is the main character in the book, has betrayed Hassan, his friend since birth. Due to the wars that are happening in Afghanistan, Amir and his father move to United States. Yet Amir’s guilty past calls him back to the city of Kabul. He returns to Afghanistan to free Hassan’s new son from the Taliban. Amir and Hassan’s relationship have been tested since childhood which leads them into numerous incidents that change their lives forever. The beginning part of the book explains how Hassan and Amir live in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. They are inseparable kids, though Amir gets jealous of Hassan because his father Baba cares for Hassan more than himself. Hassan is very loyal and will do anything for Amir. As a team, Amir and Hassan work well to win the kite fighting contest. After Amir beats the last kite of the contest, Hassan goes for the kite while saying “For you, a thousand times over!” (67). This occasion shows Hassan’s loyalty to Amir. But on the other hand, Amir does not do the same. When Hassan gets into trouble with Assef and his friends, Amir doesn’t help him at all. He runs away and lets Hassan get raped. Amir always feels terrible for letting Hassan get raped. As a result, he stays away from Hassan and rejects to be with him. Hassan is always looking out for Amir and asks if there is something wrong with him. Because of his feelings of guilt, Amir can’t stand being with Hassan anymore and he needs to escape. To get rid of Hassan, Amir first asks his father for new servants. His father denies him and gets angry about it. Amir accused Hassan of stealing his watch and he doesn’t deny it. He confesses to a crime that he did not commit and leaves from their house. Hassan never lies and
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