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The Kite Runner Essay

679 words - 3 pages

"For you, a thousand times over! He promised"
The Value of True Friendship

The Kite Runner is an excellent portrayal of two boys who experience, and attempt to overcome, daily internal struggles just to remain friends. During the novel their friendship flourishes, but is also tested. They remain friends, but not without lasting guilt, resent, and a test of loyalty.
The boys were brought up in completely different social classes. Amir comes from a very wealthy and respected household, while Hassan is a poverty-stricken Hazara who is the son of Ali, a servant in Amir and his father's house. Because of this, Amir and Hassan grew up together. If this was not the case, it is highly doubtful that the two boys would even talk to each other. A person from the upper class would usually be ridiculed by his peers for having any relationship with someone not from their own class. ...view middle of the document...

The fact that Amir works so hard to try and please and impress his father, while Amir does the simplest thing that his father always praises, makes Amir extremely envious.
In my personal experience, it doesn't and shouldn't matter who you're friends with and who you're not friends with. Class, race, gender...that all shouldn't make a difference either. Though I have many friends who come from wealthy families, I also have friends who are not from families that are particularly well-off. I myself come from a family that is someplace in the middle, we make enough to get by comfortably and that has always worked for us. I was brought up in a household that taught me not to judge people by what they look like, where they come from, or how much money they have, and that has always worked for me. I look inside and see people's personalities, and that is why my friends and i click with each other. Of course, loyalty is a big importance in my friendships as well. I would do anything and sacrifice so much for all of my friends, and i know that in turn they would do the same for me. That also goes along with trust. Trust is essential in any friendship and i trust each and every one of my friends, and they all trust me. We always have each others backs no matter what the situation. I will always be there for them through any path their lives may take them and i will always look out for them even if we are someday very far apart.
Based on what happens to Hassan in the novel and how Amir treats him i would not define this as being a true friend, a true friend would not just stand back and watch what happened to Amir on that winter's night happen. It shows cowardice and disloyalty and that is the complete opposite of what friendship is all about. My friends and I would always be there no matter what, no matter how hard the outcome would be and this is why i cherish them. I hope that my friends will never leave me because i know that i would never leave them. When I make friends, i make friends that i will love and trust forever.

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