LIFE GOES ON
BY: Fazila Asif
Teacher: Mr. Lane
A touching tale of bravery and weakness, fathers and sons, friendships and betrayal, blood and tears. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini takes us on a heroic, epic tale from the final days of a cherished, peaceful absolutely stunning Afghanistan monarchy, to the horrific, disgusting, disturbing Taliban ruled Afghanistan of today. It exposes a better understanding of traditional ways and the isolation of religions throughout this once decent land. The kite runner is an utmost tragedy because a young boy by the name of Hassan is raped, seen, yet not helped; a father is accused of his son being a thief, innocent, yet driven out ...view middle of the document...
Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba." pg.77 in this story kites have several layers of symbolism in the story. One of these layers involves the class difference between Amir and Hassan, which basically dictates and limits their relationship. In kite fighting, one boy controls the kite while the other assists by feeding the string. Just as Hassan makes Amir's breakfast, folds his clothes, and cleans his room, so does he cater to Amir in kite tournaments. Hassan may catch a cherished competing kite and hold it in his arms, but always to bring it back to is dear friend Amir, to whom it then belongs. Even after this considerable amount of respect and loyalty for his friend Amir, Hassan gets nothing in return. Not only that after the poor, helpless, boy got raped he limped his way home with blood dripping down the middle of his pants leaving a horrendous trail of blood far from the color red almost black. On his way back Amir approaches him, and instead of asking him why he is bleeding and looks devastated he lies and complains about the fact the he was looking everywhere for him, loyal like a dog Hassan replies with just as much respect as possible calling him by the name of Amir agha meaning sir or Mr. “”
“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.” ― William Arthur Ward
Another reason why the kite runner is a tragedy is because the servant Ali, also the father of Hassan is accused of his naïve, son being a thief, innocent, yet still driven out of his house due to the confessions of his sons secretly miserable past. Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner revolves around betrayal and redemption. Amir seems to need the most. Amir lives with selfishness and ego he has built up over the years because of...