The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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The definition of betrayal is to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong. This definition personifies the actions of the main character, Amir, in The Kite Runner. In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, betrayal plays a major role in the plot of the novel. Hosseini uses betrayal to explain the actions and emotions of the characters. With all the betrayal in the novel, one character remains loyal and does not betray his friend. Hassan is Amir’s friend and is one of the only characters to not betray another. While Hassan showed loyalty, Amir did not. Amir betrayed Hassan when he needed him most. Amir was forced to choose between his relationship with his father and his friendship with Hassan. Through this choice, Amir chose to betray his friend. Much like Amir, Baba betrayed his best friend. The choice to betray or to remain loyal affects the characters and leads to ramifications throughout the novel. Hassan is a unique character in the novel. Throughout the novel, Hassan affects the plot of the story, even when he is no longer apart of the novel. Hassan is Amir and Baba’s servant along with his father Ali. Although Hassan is a servant, the relationship between Hassan and Amir is a true friendship. Hassan and Amir spent a lot of time together and took part in activities together. Amir tests Hassan’s loyalty throughout the novel. A specific event was able to exemplify Hassan’s loyalty to Amir. Assef, who is the neighborhood bully, chose to pick on Amir one day. Assef was going to beat up Amir with his brass knuckles. Hassan had a decision to make, he could allow Assef to beat up Amir and stay out of it or he could stand up for Amir and risk himself harm. Hass... ... middle of paper ... ...rayal. Hosseini uses his other character, Hassan, to exemplify the consequences of loyalty. The novel focuses on a theme of betrayal. Although Hassan did not betray Amir in the situation with Assef, Amir did betray Hassan in the same situation. Loyalty is not always reciprocated and that is proven in the novel. Khaled Hosseini focuses on betrayal and is able to successfully portray the ramifications of betrayal. Amir betrayed Hassan, but Hassan remained loyal to Amir. The one that truly suffered from the betrayal was Amir, who had to live with the guilt and regret of his actions. Baba has to deal with the same regret and guilt. While the person who was betrayed, Ali, has no consequence. Betrayal is a theme in the novel and is perfectly portrayed by the characters in the story. Work cited Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2004. Print.

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