Cate Sullivan – Kite Runner Essay (Resubmission)

I intend to write a English Essay discussing a topic on the “Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini and how the experiences of one or more characters were used for a particular theme. I will be discussing how the event of Hassan rape by Assef effected Amir and how it lead to Amirs overall betrayal, Hows Babas neglect lead to Amirs acts of betrayal and the ultimate betrayal of Baba and how he slept with Ali’s wife Sanaubar.  

Question: ‘Analyse how the experiences of one or more characters were used for a particular purpose’

Betrayal is a heavy hit theme in the novel “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini, as characters in the novel betray each other for pleasure and approval. is based around Amir’s betrayal to Hassan when they were young boys. The kite runner is set in Kabul, Afghanistan where pride and loyalty are held above all other standards, this is why Amir hides his many betrayals with scalene and lies. Amir commits multiple betrayals throughout the novel, all of which involve Hassan and his family. In Amirs attempt to prove his worth to himself and his father, while throwing his best friend Hassan under the bus.

The first betrayal that occurs in the book The Kite Runner is Hassan’s rape by Assef. Hassan runs after the kite to catch it for Amir, after Hassan catches the kite he is cornered by Assef and the other boys, when Hassan refuses to hand Over the kite, Assef and the other boys charge Hassan, Amir almost says something, but ultimately just watched, “I stopped watching, turned away from the alley. Something warm was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from my knuckles”. Amir had a duty to Hassan, his half-brother and, best friend. as soon as Baba took in Hassan it became Amir’s duty to protect him as best he could. Amir tries to convince himself that he was just too afraid, but deep down Amir knows that he wanted Hassan to be raped. Because this event Amir has an overwhelming feeling of guilt, leaving Hassan to his fate in the alley. this feeling of guilt affects Amir hugely and changes the course of the novel dramatically because he finds himself in a huge state of regret and guilt about not helping Hassan in his time of need. Amir feels this guilt because he betrayed Hassan and their friendship, this decision was made out of anger which lead to the feeling of betrayal. Amir realises that the choice he made to sacrifice Hassan’s innocence for his father’s love was a big mistake. The choice that Amir made lead to trauma that cannot be unseen and sadness, misery and grief that cannot be being given back. the author is informing the reader of what life was like in Afghanistan and how the story is set in the Afghan city of Kabul in the early 1970s. at this time, Kabul is a city in which various ethnic groups and social classes live together. The main character is a wealthy Pashtun boy, while his best friend Hassan is a lower class Harraza boy, giving the setting and the time, Hassan and Amir’s friendship is greatly frowned upon by the citizens of Kabul, this is strongly expressed through Assef who attacks and rapes Hassan. if an en]vent like this happened in a westernised society there would be huge consequences and the accused would have to stand a court trial which would result in a 15-20 year imprisonment, in middle eastern countries this is considered “normal” and if it did happen to you, you would be expected to keep quiet and not to tell anyone. the author is telling this from facts and his inside knowledge of the country since he has witnessed and heard things like this happing in Afghanistan where he is from. the author is trying to relay a wider image about the need to survive in their country and what people have to go through.

The second betrayal that had a huge effect on “The Kite Runner” was the effect of Baba’s neglect on Amir. The relationship between a son and his father gives guidance to prepare a boy to understand the writes from the wrongs. In the novel “The Kite Runner” the writer Khalid Hosseini uses a complicated emotional bond between sons and fathers to demonstrate the need for an empathetic fatherly figure. This need for a fatherly figure is clearly demonstrated between Baba and Amir. as amirs father, Baba is so posted to demonstrate unconditional love to Amir no matter he may like to pursue in life. But instead, Baba intends to use his own son for his own purposes. he wants amir to be a mirror image of himself and to carry on his life, and not having amir lead a new and unique one. when it is clear to baba that amir will never be like him, Baba neglects his own son. Rahim Khan is much more of a father figure to Amir then Baba was. this affected Amir because he did not have a fathers approval he turned to do whatever he could to possibly win over his father’s approval. even if that means betraying his best friend Hassan. quotes that demonstrate Babas Neglect for amir are. ”  Sometimes I asked Baba if I could sit with them, but Baba would stand in the doorway. “Go on, now,” he’d say. “This is grown-ups’ time. Why don’t you go read one of those books of yours?”. “I’d sit by the door, knees drawn to my chest. Sometimes I sat there for an hour, sometimes two, listening to their laughter, their chatter.” Its easy to see how one-sided affection comes Baba towards Amir, which isn’t returned. In some ways, this drives Amir to betray Hassan, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay in order to win over Baba.”.  This quotation shows us that Samir will do anything to carry out a Favour with his father. Jealously had been a motive for Amir to Leave Hassan in the Alleyway. again the author wants us to gain more inside to the culture that he was bought up into over in Afghanistan. you had to be the perfect Pakistan boy and follow in your father footsteps if you were to be accepted. Khalid Hosseini is giving the reader a better insight and a deeper understanding of what it was like growing up in Kabul (Afghanistan).

The first betrayal that occurs in the book The Kite Runner is Hassans rape by assef. Hassan runs after the kite to catch it for Amir, after Hassan catches the kite he is cornered by assef and the other boys, when amir refuses to hand Over the kite, assef and the other boys charge Hassan, amir almost says something, but ultimately just watched, “I stopped watching, turned away from the alley. Something warm was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from my knuckles”. Amir had a duty to Hassan, his half brother and, best friend. as soon as Baba took in Hassan it became Amirs duty to protect him as best he could. Amir tries to convince himself that he was just too afraid, but deep down amir knows that he wanted Hassan to be raped. Through this event Amir has a an overwhelming feeling of guilt, leaving Hassan to his fate in the alley. this feeling of guilt effects Amir hugely and changes the course of the novel dramatically because he finds himself in a huge state of regret and guilt about not helping Hassan in his time of need. Amir realises that the choice he made to sacrifice Hassans innocence for his fathers love was a big mistake. The choice that Amir made lead to trauma that can not been unseen and sadness, misery and grief that can not be be given back. the author is informing the reader of what life was like in Afghanistan and how the story is set in afghan city of Kabul in the early 1970s. at this time, Kabul is a city in which various ethnic groups and social classes live together. The main character is a wealthy Pashtun boy, while his best friend Hassan is a lower class Harraza boy, giving the setting and the time, Hassan and Amirs friendship is greatly frowned upon by the citizens of Kabul, this is strongly expressed through assef who attacks and rapes Hassan. if an en]vent like this happened in a westernised society there would be huge consequences and the accused would have to stand a court trail which would result in a 15-20 year imprisonment, in middle eastern countries this is considered “normal” and if it did happen to you, you would be expected to keep quiet and not to tell anyone. the author is telling this from facts and his inside knowledge of the country since he has witnessed and heard things like this happing in Afghanistan where he is from. the author is trying to rely a wider image about the need to survive in their country and what people have to got though.

The second betrayal that had a huge effect on “The Kite Runner” was the effect of Babas neglect on Amir. The relationship between a son and his father gives guidance to prepare a boy to understand the writes from the wrongs. In the novel “The Kite Runner” the writer Khalid Hosseini uses a complicated emotional bond between sons and fathers to demonstrate the need of an empathetic fatherly figure. This need for a fatherly figure is clearly demonstrated between Baba and Amir. as amirs father, Baba is so post to demonstrate unconditional love to Amir no matter he may like to pursue in life. But instead Baba intends to use his own son for his own purposes. he wants amir to be a mirror image of himself and to carry on his life, and not having amir lead a new and unique one. when is is clear to baba that amir will never be like him, Baba neglects his own son. Rahim khan is much more of a father figure to Amir then Baba was. this effected Amir because he did not have a fathers approval he turned to doing what ever he could to possibly win over his fathers approval. even if that means betraying his best friend Hassan. quotes that demonstrates Babas Neglect for amir are. ” Sometimes I asked Baba if I could sit with them, but Baba would stand in the doorway. “Go on, now,” he’d say. “This is grown-ups’ time. Why don’t you go read one of those books of yours?”. “I’d sit by the door, knees drawn to my chest. Sometimes I sat there for an hour, sometimes two, listening to their laughter, their chatter.” Its easy to see how one sided affection comes Baba towards Amir, which isn’t returned. In some ways this drives Amir to betray Hassan, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay in order to win over Baba.”.  This quotation shows us that Samir will do anything to carry out a Favour with his father. Jealously had been a motive for Amir to Leave Hassan in the Alleyway. again the author wants us to gain more inside to the culture tat he was bought up into over in Afghanistan. you had to be the perfect Pakistan boy and follow in you father footsteps if you were to be accepted. Khalid Hosseini is giving the reader a better insight and a deeper understanding of what it was like growing up in Kabul (Afghanistan).

The biggest betrayal was shown through Amirs Father, Baba. and how Baba slept with Ali’s wife Sanaubar and after this even she then becomes pregnant with BaBas child. in this case Ali is betrayed by Baba.a man that has been his closest friend for forty years. Ali and Baba raise Hassan as a poor Hazara boy, this is another betray because baba has kept this huge secret from Ali all these years. Not until Rhaiem Khan told Amir when he was older that  in fact his half brother Hassan was. Amir feels the weight of the situation as he remembers the mottos Baba had, in particular he remembers baba telling him that the only true sin was theft, “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” notably is this event the biggest betrayal throughout the whole book but also demonstrates the culture that Amir was bought up in, and Khaild Hosseini was bought up into. It was okay to sleep with other peoples wives if you were rich enough you could do what every you liked with women. not is this a classic example of what Afghanistans culture was like but this also demonstrates what family Amir was bought up into. a family of liars and betrayers, this would have had a huge effect on the way amir devoped as a young child, with all the wrong morals. as the read retains this information about Babas past we start to understand the culture and people off the  novel, and help the reader to comprehend the complexities of the novel.

Khaled Hosseini wrote “the kite runner” because he wanted the wider audience to understand the circumstances that can lead to betrayal. The author wanted to make the book as realistic as possible so he depicted betrayal and loyalty, however betrayal bought with it redemption, Amir said in the Novel. “We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us. And with that came this realization: that Rahim Khan had summoned me here to atone…for my sins.” Hosseini used betrayal as a means to make this novel more realistic for the reader and so that they can explore the consequences and circumstances that link with betrayal. 

One Comment

    • make it apparent in your intro what the experiences are and what their purpose is. I am unsure of where your essay is going and what theme/purpose you’re covering.
    • Oh – betrayal (thanks first few words of BP1 for telling me 😉 )…set it up in your intro
    • capitalisation
    • you are flicking between guilt and betrayal – which one will it be???
    • Make sure you don’t rely on retelling parts of the story to present the purpose. ANALYSE how the CHARACTER’S EXPERIENCE was used by the author to teach the reader about GUILT/BETRAYAL. Discuss why this was done, how readers responded.

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