The Kite Runner Comparison 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…show more content…
He feels guilty because he watched his friend get raped and he was too cowardly to intervene. A comparison I made to this was from the novel Night by Elie Wiesel. The narrator in that novel is going through a struggle as well. His internal conflict is whether or not he should help his father or if it should be “every man for his self”. In Night Elie Wiesel and his father are in a concentration camp. His father falls very weak and ill, and it is getting harder to care for him. Elie must make a choice what is worth more- his life or his fathers. Therefore, both main characters have had to make tough choices which leaves both of them with feelings of guilt and
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