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? In an independent newspaper article, it has been said that the book The Kite Runner is “A gripping read and a haunting story of love, loss, and betrayal. Guaranteed to move even the hardest heart. ” The Kite Runner was written in by Khaled Hosseini, and published in 2003. It was set in Afghanistan in 1975. As we know, Afghanistan has a history of violence and invasion, and this history affects the friendships, relationships, and lives of people in The Kite Runner. The past has a great significance in this novel. Not being able to escape the past is one of the things Amir is struggling with throughout the novel.
Everything he does, and every memory he has always ends up linking to that one thing he did, which he cannot escape. This essay will present the significance of how some characters in this book were never able to escape their past, and also how some characters made what happened in their past right through some right decisions and choices they made later on in life. The first person that will be mentioned in this essay is Sohrab. One of the things Amir mentioned several times in the book about Sohrab was, “ I reached for him and he flinched. ” This quote links back to Sohrab’s past.
As it is stated in the book, Sohrab used to live with Assef. Assef, the man who gave Amir a Hitler book for his birthday, the man who always threatened Amir and Hassan, The man who had a problem with Hazara’s and people whom were not as high class as he was, and also, the man who raped Hassan. It is very obvious what Assef would use Sohrab for. After Sohrab had these experiences with Assef, he started drifting away from people, and not letting anyone get near him. The quote above is showing the effects Sohrab’s past had one him. It shows the readers how badly the experience with Assed affected Hassan’s life physically.
Every time Amir would try to get near to Sohrab or even put a finger on him, Sohrab would drift away. Another thing that links back to Sohrab’s past in the book was when he tried to commit suicide. Sohrab lived in an orphanage for many years, and Amir promised that he would never let Sohrab go through such an experience again; but when he let Sohrab down, this led to the suicide. Therefore this shows us how dreadful living in an orphanage must have been for him. It took Sohrab a while to let go of his past again and let Amir and Soraya in, but at the end of the novel, it shows hat he was adjusting to the changes and becoming more comfortable around them. What Amir says about Sohrab at the end of the book, when they run the kite together, shows us this about Sohrab, “I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. A smile. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there. “ The next person who will be discussed is Rahim Khan. Rahim Khan plays the role of a second father to Amir. He is the one that always listened to Amir’s stories, believed in him, gave him inspiration (for example the notebook), and was always there for Amir when Baba wasn’t.
The conversation Rahim Khan and Amir had at the birthday party, was one of the only things in the book that discuss Rahim Khan’s past, “It was Homaira and me against the world. And I’ll tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That’s just the way of things. ” Rahim Khan was going to marry Homaira, but as soon as his parents found out, they sent her and her family away from the country as soon as possible. Rahim Khan’s past had a good effect on him, because even though his parents were against Hazara’s, his past made him respect them and stay loyal and kind towards them.
It showed him that Hazara’s are no different to others, and that they shouldn’t be treated any differently as well. Rahim Khan made peace with what happened with Homaira, and another character in the book who made peace with their past is Soraya. In the past, Soraya ran away with an Afghan man without the permission of her parents, and lived with him for about a month. The Afghan man was into things such as drugs, and Soraya was not happy with her decision. But instead of hiding from it or regretting it for the rest of her life, she made peace with it.
She tried to make what she did in her past right with Amir by not lying to him, and being honest with him from the start, “You need to know. I don’t want us to start with secrets. And I’d rather you hear it from me. “ This is what Soraya said to Amir right before they got married, because she knew that if she confessed from the start, then she would be able to make peace with it, and Amir would be able to trust her easily and know that she is not hiding from her mistakes. This shows the reader that you will learn to accept everything in life better once you confess and make peace with your mistakes.
The next character that will be discussed is Baba. The first topic will be about Baba wrestling the bear, “I have imagined Baba’s wrestling match countless times, even dreamed about it. And in those dreams, I can never tell Baba from the bear. ” This event in Baba’s past effects his relationship with Amir in a very good way, because it makes Amir see him as a hero, and also later on in the novel, when Amir has the dream where he has replaced his father in wrestling the bear, it shows Amir that he will be fine without his father and that he will manage everything.
For him, the dream was a sign that everything was going to be okay and that he has taken control of his life now. One of the worst memories of Baba’s past was of course what happened with Sanaubar. As it has been said, Baba was also the father of Hassan, and Amir and Hassan were half-brothers. Baba had an affair with Ali’s wife, Sanaubar, which is a big betrayal for Ali and Baba’s friendship. This part of Baba’s past was revealed in the conversation that Rahim Khan and Amir had, when Rahim Khan sent him the letter to come and visit him. “Ali was sterile,” was what Rahim Khan said when he was telling Amir what Baba had done.
These three words were the first mentioned about Ali not being Hassan’s father; therefore it must have had a shocking effect on the reader. Going back to Baba’s past, one of the things that have been said are that the reason Baba became so successful, and built an orphanage, was because he was trying to escape the past and get his mind off of what he had done. Another problem that Baba has in the book that links to his past is his life in America. Baba couldn’t adjust to the life in America, because firstly, he couldn’t speak the language, and secondly, back home he used to be such an important and high- lass person, and his job in America, which was working at a Petrol station, did not give him the high credits he had expected to receive. The last characters that will be discussed are Amir and Hassan. In this book, the theme of never escaping the past mostly affected Amir. Amir’s regrets link back to a lot of things that happened with Hassan. Some of them are, how he was never close to being as good as a friend to Hassan as he was to Amir, how when he asked Hassan to hit him with the pomegranate Hassan hit imself instead, how he would always make fun of Amir and tell him the wrong meanings of words while they were reading, and lastly, how he couldn’t be of any help when Hassan was being raped, and how he only sat back and watched what happened. Of course, he is also ashamed of how he accused Hassan of stealing when he planted his watch, money and some other things under Hassan’s bed, how he treated Hassan so horribly after what had happened to him, and how he was the one that dragged Ali and Hassan away. The things that he had done on that day led Amir to think that he is to blame for what happened to Hassan with the Taliban.
The whole book is based on what happened with Amir and Hassan, and what Amir chose to do to make what he did right. When paying attention to the motifs in The Kite Runner, every time winter is mentioned, along with it is Amir’s past with Hassan and what happened. The first words in the book are even linking back to what happened with Hassan, “ I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. ” This shows the readers how much regret Amir carried with him at all times, and how every winter he was always reminded of what happened with Hassan; Not only every winter, but also every single day.
Amir did a lot of things to try to make what happened with Hassan right. For example, “Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of money under a mattress. ” The last time Amir did this was when he accused Hassan of stealing from him, and so the next time he did it was for a good cause. One of the things Amir said after meeting Wahid’s family was, “They hadn’t been staring at my watch at all. They’d been staring at my food. Amir realized that Wahid’s family was low on money and could barely afford food for the whole family, and this is why he planted money under the mattress. Another way, and the most important way he tried to make things right with Amir was through Sohrab. He took Sohrab in, treated him right, and fixed the mistakes he made with Hassan through Sohrab. He gave Sohrab a family and a good life. These paragraphs all link together, because all of these characters have something that they regret and are ashamed off. All of these characters carried the weight of their past around with them.
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Some, such as Soraya, decided to make peace with their past and stop running from it. Others, such as Amir, tried to make it right through being loyal to others and helping people in need. People like Sohrab tried to escape their past by letting someone new into their lives and trying to enjoy and adjust to their new lives with these people. There are some people that can never escape their past. They always live with the regret and don’t do anything against it. But all the people in this novel try to make what they did right and escape their regrets and mistakes.
Author: Brandon Johnson
“The Kite Runner” Essay
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Choose a novel in which has one of the following as its theme; sacrifice, unrequired love; isolation. Discuss the techniques by which the novelist establishes one of these themes and go on to show how, in the end, he or she achieves a satisfactory resolution.
The Kiterunner by Hosseini Khald is a novel in which has a theme of sacrifice; Hassan sacralises himself for Amir. This essay will discuss techniques by which the novelist establishes the theme of sacrifice and will go on to show how in the end Amir achieves a satisfactory resolution by rescuing Hassan’s son from an orphanage in Kabul.
A scene within the book shows the theme of sacrifice is just after the win of the Kite Tournament for Hassan and Amir, Hassan goes to find the kite which was run off and Amir goes off to find him once he has been away for a long time. Amir finds him cornered by Assef whom is demanding the kite however, Hassan refuses. “It’s only going to cost you that blue kite” Assef states, however, Hassan still refuses to give up the kite. Amir stays hidden as he is scared to interfere. This results in the rape of Hassan by Assef due to Hassan refusing to give up the kite, showing his love for Amir as Amir values the kite due to the winning of the Kite Tournament with it. This scene shows a theme of sacrifice as Hassan has sacrificed himself for the Kite to keep Amir happy.
After the rape, Amir frames Hassan for the stealing of his birthday money and his brand new watch that Baba bought for Amir. The reason Amir does this is because he can barely stand to be around Hassan due to his guilt overcoming him for not stepping in and interfering with the rape. “Baba ‘did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir’s watch Hassan?” and “Hassan’s reply was a single word, delivered with a thin raspy voice ‘Yes’. Amir was token back with Hassan’s reply as Amir knew he was the one who planted the watch in Hassan’s possession. Amir realized that this was Hassan’s last sacrifice for him, as if Hassan had said no, Baba would have believed him and put the blame on Hassan. This shows that Hassan has sacrificed himself for Amir again and Amir has only thrown it back in face.
When Amir goes to Afghanistan to save Sorhab from the orphanage, Amir find’s out that Assef is actually the one who is keeping Sorhab hostage. When Amir attempts to take Sorhab away from Assef, it results in a fight between them both. Here an incidence of sacrifice is shown as Assef has Amir on the ground beating into him, when Sorhab sacrifices himself by aiming Hassan’s sling shot at Assef’s face causing Assef to stop beating Amir, giving a flashback of when Assef and his bullies confronted Amir and Hassan as children. “The slingshot made a twiiiiiit sound when Sorhab realised the cup, then Assef was screaming”. This shows us that Sorhab has put his life in danger by piping up when Assef was beating Amir to save Amir’s life by using the sling shot. This conveys the theme of sacrifice as Sorhab has sacrificed himself to save Amir from Assef.
The next incidence is when Amir is confronted by Assef at the Taliban headquarters, at this point we see Amir redeem himself by finally standing up to Assef and putting him in his place by taking Sorhab home, in a way this is Amir finally standing up for Hassan as he is now saving his son for when Amir refused to save Hassan during the rape. Amir sacrafises himself by putting himself in a position where he could get killed to save Sorhab. However, this quote states that he has finally redeemed himself “My body was broken – just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later – but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed”, this shows us that after Assef beat Amir, he has sacrificed himself and by doing so he saved Sorhab and finally stood up for Hassan.
In conclusion Hassan sacrificed himself for Amir many times; he refused to give up the kite to Assef as he knew Amir would have been devastated which in turn lead to the rape of Hassan, which is sacrificing himself for Amir. Hassan sacrifices himself again when Amir frames him for stealing his new watch, in which Hassan agrees to have stolen. Amir also sacrificed himself to save Sorhab from the Taliban and to take him back to America. This shows that throughout this tale, Amir and Hassan have both sacrificed themselves at one point to benefit each other in return.