The Kite Runner: the Price for Betray

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The Kite Runner is an inspiring and powerful novel about a Pashtun named Amir who looks back on his life during his transition from childhood into adulthood. Amir grew up in a lavish and rich district of Kabul, Afghanistan. His father was a well-known and respected man, but Amir struggled to live up to his father's standards and always craved his love and attention. Ali and his son Hassan (Amir's best friend), are both loyal servants to Baba and Amir but are of the minority Hazara ethnicity who are not respected in Afghanistan. Hassan demonstrated his loyalty to Amir by constantly sticking up for him over the years. The book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini focused on the main character’s feelings of guilt during a childhood tragedy, but at the same time, the story has a tendency to focus on negative aspects or events.

Amir and Hassan's relationship was forever changed after a frigid winter day in the year of 1975, when Amir was only 12 years old. Amir and Hassan took part in an annual kite-fighting tournament and won for the first time. Hassan, being the loyal friend he is, went running for the kite to retrieve it for Amir exclaiming that he would 'a thousand times over'. After Hassan did not return, Amir went looking for him and found him cornered in an alley by Assef a sociopathic bully. In The Kite Runner there are a lot of negative aspects and events. One of the things as a reader I didn’t like in this book is when the kids in the neighborhood said “mice eating mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys’’ Amir said “I would hear some of the kids in the neighborhood yell those names to Hassan. If anybody was reading that part in the book they probably would say that Khaled Hosseini should have left that part out of the book. I get what the author is trying to do when he showed in the story how Hassan got bullied because of his race but that part where he illustrated where he illustrated and said “ flat-nosed was very offensive to Sunni Muslims.

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Amir created a successful life for himself by graduating university, becoming a professional writer and marrying his dream wife, Soraya. Shortly after all of Amir's success, he received a phone call from Rahim Khan, a man who was more of a father to him than his own while growing up in Kabul. Rahim Kahn told Amir of Baba's biggest secret that Hassan is actually Baba's son and Amir's half-brother. He reveals that both Hassan and his wife were brutally murdered by the Taliban. He told him, 'There is a way to be good again'. Something else that I found wrong with this story is the raping of Amirs friend Hassan All Amir had to say was”I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That's what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan.

That's what I made myself believe. 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. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it: He was just a Hazara, wasn't he”? This is one of the most pathetic reasons for the author to try to convey this. I felt that the author could have

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