Readers are introduced early on in the novel to Hassan and Amir as friends with two distinctly different roles. Amir is the self-serving child of a wealthy businessman, while his servant Hassan serves to protect him and sometimes be Amir’s friend. As friends with different strong suits, bravery is something Amir severely lacks.
Often times when Amir and Hassan are in public together, Hassan carries his slingshot to protect Amir from the many people who seem not to like him. Hassan frequently defends Amir, yet Amir gives Hassan little credit for this and lies to Baba when asked why Hassan is bruised or scraped up. “You know what always happens when the neighborhood boys tease [Amir]? Hassan steps in and fends them off. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. And when they come home, I say to him ‘How did Hassan get that scrape on his face?’ And he says ‘He fell down’” (Hosseini 24). When Baba confronts Amir about the issue of Hassan defending him, it pushed Amir to further resent Hassan and the attention he receives from Baba.
Hassan’s dedication and loyalty to Amir is made worse by Amir’s lack of bravery or desire to be anything more than a fair-weather friend. A key point in the no...
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...ce in leaving Afghanistan and then after they both arrive in America and live together. This is one of the rare instances in the novel where Amir acts selflessly in relation to Hassan.
The Kite Runner explores the relation of two growing boys in Afghan society. Readers are able to witness both Amir and Hassan’s friendship develop over the course of the novel and are shown how both boys deal with their lives using their respective qualities. With bravery, dedication and selflessness, Hassan serves Amir until they are pushed apart by events in their home country and choices Amir makes. Amir displays qualities opposite to Hassan’s and throughout the novel works to separate him and Hassan from the friendship they once had. Aided by class differences, Amir ultimately succeeds in pushing Hassan away and must continue to struggle with his decisions later on in his life.
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