The Kite Runner Essay

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In Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel The Kite Runner, two boys, Hassan and Amir, have a friendship that is not as typical as most children's. Although they do carve into a tree that they are the "sultans of Kabul", their friendship is weak and one sided. Friendship and betrayal are integral themes in the Kite Runner novel, which are the cause of many important events. The story is set against a backdrop of turbulent events during war-torn Afghanistan in the 1970’s. Throughout the course of the novel, Khaled Hosseini constantly tests the friendship of characters in order to demonstrate the severity of betrayal and the extent of friendship. Amir, who is a privileged Pashtun, a major tribe in Afghanistan, and the son of a wealthy, recognized man in Kabul, develops a friendship with his servant Hassan, a poor illiterate boy part of the minority Hazara ethnic tribe. Despite their different tribes and religious groups, Amir and Hassan grew up together from birth. Growing up, they shared many experiences together. They fed from the same breast and also learnt to crawl together. They spent their days and nights in peaceful Kabul, and enjoyed doing literally everything together. Amir's occasional cruel tricks and teasing paved the pathway to Amir’s ultimate betrayal of Hassan. Amir would insert his own stories into the tales he read to Hassan and flaunt his literacy. “I knew I was being cruel, like when I'd taunt him if he didn't know some big word. But there was something fascinating – albeit in a sick way – about teasing Hassan. Kind of like when we used to play insect torture. Except now, he was the ant and I was holding the magnifying glass. On the contrary, Hassan treated Amir as his best friend that he would protect by all means. This is evident when Hassan protects Amir against Assef, who is older and stronger, with just a miserable slingshot. While Amir’s

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