The Kite Runner Essay

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The hardships that life reveals can either affect a person in a negative or positive way. They can strengthen or weaken the development of one’s character. Khaled Hosseni’s The Kite Runner is a novel that tells the story of two boys – Amir and Hassan, his childhood friend and servant– who spend their lives attempting to overcome their obstacles. These obstacles create experiences that will shape them for the rest of their lives. Firstly, Hassan and Amir share similar hardships, however Hassan learns and grows from them, and Amir lingers over the negativity, allowing it to destroy his life instead of moving forward. Secondly, Amir is always rescued, which allows him to feel a sense of ...view middle of the document...

He feels tremendous happiness of his fathers pride, despite the betrayal of his friendship with Hassan. Being Amirs servant, Hassan is also raised by the same father figures. Hassan was affected positively as well. Although Hassan's mother did not die, she abandoned him. He must overcome the feeling of not being wanted. “Sanaubar had taken one glance at the baby in Alis arms, seen the cleft lip and barked a bitter laughter, 5 days later she was gone” (11) explains Amir. Hassan had to grow up knowing his mother did not want him because of his appearance. She thought he was a joke and chose singing and dancing gypsies over her son. In contrast, Amir loses his mother to death. Another hardship that both boys deal with growing up involves the prejudicism directed at Hazaras, the lowest ranking class in Afghanistan's social structure. Since Amir and Hassan grew up together, he could not express the prejudice as the other Pashtun boys did towards Hassan. Amir shows weakness. He is bullied by Assef, another boy who shows extreme prejudice towards Hassan. “But he’s not my friend, he’s my servant, so why did I only play with Hassan when no one was around?” (44). Assef believes that although Amir is a Pashtun he must be bullied as if he is a Hazara because he is associated with Hassan. Amir realizes that he is actually ashamed of Hassan and doubts their friendship, he is not loyal or strong enough to stand up for his best friend. Hassan deals with the prejudices and the betrayal of both Amir and his mother. Furthermore,Hassan endures a horrific rape while Amir observes. “Hassan didn't struggle. Didn't even whimper. He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it. It was a look I had seen before. It was the look of the lamb. (133) The strength that it takes to endure an experience like that and then overcome it is proof of Hassans inner strength. Despite their circumstances being similar, Hassan experiences more prejudice and bullying growing up.
Hassan and Amir both take on similar challenges through their lives. Hassan always has to deal with these challenges himself. Amir is constantly rescued by family and friends. Baba saves Amir by giving up a life in Afghanistan to move to America so his son can have a chance for a better life. In America, Amir marries a woman, Soraya. She is also there to rescue Amir when he needs her. When Amirs father is ill, Amir mentions that, “It was Soraya who suggested she move in with Baba and me” (Hosseni, 181). Her suggesting to move in with Amir and Baba allows Amir to be saved once again in his time of need. Her presence means that he does not have to face his father's illness and death alone, another difficult obstacle in his life. At the same time, Hassan continues to live in Afghanistan as a Hazara, enduring endless discrimination. Despite the discrimination, he manages to always stand up for himself and the ones he loves. Contrastingly, Hassan does not depend on others....

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