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The Kite Runner Analysis

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In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the main character, Amir, is in a constant struggle between morality and immorality. The relationship between Amir and Hassan shows dominance on Amir’s part, which is obvious when Amir constantly puts blame on Hassan, when he left his friend to be abused by other men, and when he delivers the harshest blow by attempting to frame both Hassan and his father for stealing in order to get rid of Hassan. This obvious mistreatment towards his friend indicates both his lack of ethics and his selfishness, therefore causing ill feelings towards him. Whereas characters with similar personalities as Amir would become instantly disliked by all, his intense ...view middle of the document...

Amir primarily conducts these experiments in order to test Hassan’s loyalty, but in actuality, Amir is the one whose loyalty should be tested. His mistreatment of Hassan from the very start puts Amir into a negative light, but once introduced to the fact that Amir truly loves him as a brother, Amir is seen in a different, more sympathetic perspective.
One of the biggest things Amir struggles to deal with is his longing for love and acceptance from his disapproving father. Amir overhears Baba refer to him as “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything,” (Hosseini 22) causing Amir to feel weaker, which will later become a huge problem for Amir. The relationship between Amir and his father at the very beginning of the novel is rocky to the say at the very least, and as Baba says, “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son.” (Hosseini 23) Baba’s sense of power, aggressiveness, and humility connects more to Hassan, which ultimately causes Amir to feel jealous, which ends up being the underlying reason as to why Amir feels the need to be so terrible to Hassan. Though his jealousy is understandable and just makes him seem more human, the largest reason as to why he is seen as a more sympathetic character is due to his obvious lack of connection with the man who he aspires to be most like, which is something every human fears.
The ultimate test of loyalty came up after the initial kite race. When Hassan had run after the kite after the kite running tournament, he had managed to run into Assef and his friends, who were belittling him and later abusing him. Amir obviously knew how huge of a decision helping Hassan would be, as indicated when he is hiding behind a tree and he realizes that this was “One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be.” (Hosseini 77) Any friend, or even any decent human being, would be expected to step in, stopping Assef from raping his best friend, yet Amir decided to be a coward and let his friend suffer, and that impressing his father with the kite was more important than saving his friend. Further adding to the blow, Amir attempts to justify his actions by telling himself that Hassan was “Just a Hazara.” (Hosseini 77). This obviously affected their friendship for the worse, and it is hinted that Hassan may have known that Amir was hiding, not doing anything to help. Amir no longer wants to have a close relationship with Hassan due to his...

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