The Search for Acceptance in Kite Runner

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.” No matter what context it is in, discrimination belittles people. Accompanying that, people search for some type of validation that they are better than what they’re perceived to be. Discrimination in the narrative Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini portrays this greater theme of searching for validation. It comes in all forms. Amir looks for validation from his father and in Hassan, while Hassan looks for validation in Amir. This constant need to be accepted is directly proportional to the discrimination acted on these characters. It is not often that Amir’s love for Baba is returned. Baba feels guilty treating Amir well when he can’t acknowledge Hassan as his son. 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. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). Amir did not stop the rape of his good friend for one sole purpose. Amir felt that he had to betray his own half-brother to gain th... ... middle of paper ... ... have felt safe. “…people called Hazaras mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys. I had heard some of the kids in the neighborhood yell those names to Hassan” (Hosseini 9). Hazaras were called names, murdered, and discriminated against everywhere they went, but Hazaras like Hassan and Ali always kept their morals and didn’t let the choices of others run their lives. In the narrative Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, discrimination pushes characters to do various things to gain acceptance from their peers and superiors. Amir feels he needs to be accepted by Baba as a son and by Hassan as a friend as well as Hassan wants to be accepted by Amir as a genuine friend. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, discrimination is a constant reminder of our flaws. The discrimination performed in Kite Runner is what creates the theme of the search for acceptance of those flaws.

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