Baba discriminates against his son Amir by constantly making him feel weak and unworthy of his father. Baba once said to Rahim Kahn, “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). Amir doesn’t feel like a son towards Baba since he seems like such a weakling. This neglect towards Amir causes him to feel a need to be accepted by Baba to end the constant discrimination from his father and he will do anything for it. “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.
The novel starts out by telling us about how his childhood and the mistakes he had made along with the rising social, political, economical, ethical and religious tensions of the country. Later on in the novel he receives a call from an old friend who tells him “There is a way to be good again.” From there on, Amir decides to set things right and stands up against the man who raped his friend also his half brother which we learn further on in the novel. There are various events that occur in this novel that are briefly described, but these events play a significant role in the political, social, ethical, religious and economical tension of Afghanistan. Kite Runner touches upon the subject of the Soviet Union attack on Afghanistan very briefly in the novel. The Soviet Union mediated between the Communist government and the Muslim guerrillas (Mujahidin i.e.
Personal liberation and redemption occurs when a person encounters difficulties at some point in their life and redeems themselves later on, thus discovering their purpose in life. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, “The Kite Runner”, the protagonist, Amir, knows a few things about mistakes. All through the novel he struggles to atone for those mistakes and throughout all stages of Amir’s life he strives for redemption and liberation. Comparing a young boy’s struggle to Walt Kowalski, a displeased man in the film “Gran Torino”, seems implausible but their stories correlate due to their journey towards liberation and redemption. Amir and Walt Kowalski both seek personal redemption for their sins.
“The Kite Runner,” written by Khaled Hosseini contains many passages that describe the class differences in Afghanistan and the discrimination encountered. The beginning of chapter four does this especially well, by talking about the relationship between Amir and Hassan which portrays the theme of social class discrimination. Amir’s father was extremely close to a man who was a servant boy but never called him his friend because of the social class differentiation. The effects from his father's relationship with the servant man radiates onto Amir and his relationship with Hassan. The theme of social class discrimination also has to do with the historical context of where the passage took place and irony of the friendships in the entire book as a whole.
Betrayal, redemption, and forgiveness are all major themes in The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. The novel also focuses around the theme of a broken relationship between father and son as well as facing difficult situations from ones past. Amir and Hassan are best friends with two completely different personalities. Each character in the novel faces their own hardships and eventually learns to overcome those difficulties. Beginning with betrayal then the characters have to make their way to gaining redemption and forgiveness from others, as well as their self, is carried on throughout the novel.
In the novel Amir overhears Baba saying, “‘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 24-25). This affects Amir for his entire life as he tries to compete with Hassan for his father's attention. He does not realize that in doing so, this crumbles his world as he knows it. It makes Amir resentful, calloused, and even cruel, all of which are characteristics of someone who has lost their innocence. In turn, Amir’s loss of innocence causes other to lose their innocence because of his lack of courage and disregard for others feelings.
His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood”(Hosseini 40). The relationship between Amir and Hassan is complicated because of the social pressures. The boys are as close as brot... ... middle of paper ... ...n is to Ali. The acceptance of family and the ties between families greatly draw the novel together which we see longer after the family moves from Afghanistan.
Initially everyone thinks doodles going to die. Brother doesn’t like doodle and Brother had even made plans to kill doodle. However Doodle lives and brother tries to change Doodle for his own selfish ways because he wants a brother to fit into society. Brother is embarrassed of Doodle. Consequently Brother pushes Doodle to his limit and Doodles heart fails and he dies.
Amir throughout the novel always felt guilty for not sticking up for Hassan especially when Assef raped Hassan in the alleyway. Amir 's guilt during this time made it hard for him to even be around Hassan because he didn 't know how to feel except guilty. Amir started treating Hassan very distant from him and doing things that would eventually ruin their friendship such as stop talking to him, hitting him with pomegranates, and trying to frame him as a thief (Chapter 8). Rahim Khan who played a very important role in the lives of Hassan and Amir felt guilty for keeping the secret about how the two boys were actually half brothers ( Chapter 17) . The secret was discovered once Amir returned to Afghanistan, this was part of the reason Rahim Khan disappeared after Amir left his house to go find Sohrab.
The point of view and internal monologue is what allows us to see Amir’s mental state. Amir’s core conflict in the novel is an internal conflict between himself and guilt. From the day he is born Amir is tainted with guilt, he admits to this guilt when he says “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I?” However his greater guilt comes from his two betrayals of Hassan: watching him get raped and framing him for stealing his birthday money to get him fired.