Can you tell me about your childhood in Afghanistan? I was born there inand I grew up essentially in the pre-Soviet war era in Afghanistan.
For most of the novel, Amir attempts to deal with his guilt by avoiding it. But doing this clearly does nothing toward redeeming himself, and thus his guilt endures. That is why he still cringes every time Hassan's name is mentioned. When Amir finds out about Baba's betrayal of Ali and subsequent betrayal of Hassanhe realizes that everything he thought he knew and understood about his father was false.
And Amir himself feels betrayed. But Baba has been dead for fifteen years, and there is nothing he can do about the situation.
Neither feelings of betrayal nor punishment are enough to redeem Amir. Rescuing Sohrab from Assef is not enough either.
Only when Amir decides to take Sohrab to the United States and provide his nephew a chance at happiness and prosperity that was denied to his half-brother does Amir take the necessary steps toward atonement and redemption.
Forgiveness Ideas about forgiveness permeate The Kite Runner. Hassan's actions demonstrate that he forgives Amir's betrayal, although Amir needs to spend practically the entire novel to learn about the nature of forgiveness.
Baba's treatment of Hassan is his attempt at gaining public forgiveness for what he has not even publicly admitted to have done. Yet the person who speaks most poignantly about the nature of forgiveness is Rahim Khan. In his letter, he asks Amir to forgive him for keeping Baba's secret but also writes explicitly "God will forgive.
Rahim Khan understands that it is God who readily forgives those who ask for forgiveness, but it is people who have a hard time forgiving.
Thus, the only way complete forgiveness can occur is when one forgives oneself, and that will only occur when one has truly attempted to atone for the mistakes that one has made. Love Every relationship in The Kite Runner is strained at one point or another, thus providing multiple examples of the complexity of various types of love.
Hassan's love for Amir is selfless, while Amir's for Hassan is mostly selfish. The two relationships thus demonstrate — albeit unknowingly to the characters — the nature of brotherly love, a love that includes jealousy and insecurity.
Amir and Soraya illustrate romantic love, and their relationship plays an important part in Amir's character development.
Hassan's character comes closest to demonstrating selfless love towards all others, and the other characters are able to learn from his example.
Most of the characters are living a life that includes a personal quest for love. And most of them realize that both forgiveness and love of self are necessary before you are able to love another. Social Class and Ethnic Tensions The socioeconomic conditions in Afghanistan demonstrate the disparity between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Shi'a Muslims and how people discriminate against each other based on physical features and religious beliefs.
The socioeconomic differences are also explored in the United States, as Baba and many other immigrants give up lives of relative prosperity and security for manual labor and little pay. In addition to the differences between Muslim sects, The Kite Runner also alludes to the differences between European and Western Christian cultures on the one hand, and the culture of the Middle East on the other.
And the conservative Taliban, which outlaws many customs and traditions, also demonstrates the differences within the same religious groups. The Immigrant Experience The Kite Runner effectively demonstrates that the difficulty of the immigrant experience begins when one attempts to leave his homeland.
Baba and Amir are among many Afghans who struggle to leave — under cover of night, unsure of the next passage, taking calculated risks. Obviously, some immigrants die before they even reach their new homes. In addition to the difficulties of their lives in a new country, the immigrants also have to deal with the perception of them among those who stayed behind.
Amir realizes this when he returns to Afghanistan.
Finally, the adjustment to a new country is not just about learning a new language; it is about maintaining traditions and some semblance of your own culture.
Baba loses his status and still has his old world prejudices, thus demonstrating the precarious balance between old and new. Soraya and her mother also demonstrate the difficult role women have balancing the expectations of an old world culture with the new world in which they are living.In many ways, The Kite Runner is a traditional realist novel in which a story is told by a narrator with a strong plot which leads the reader through, telling the life of the main character.
Khaled Hosseini interview: In two separate interviews, Khaled Hosseini discusses The Kite Runner () and A Thousand Splendid Suns (); his experience growing up in Afghanistan before the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban; the role of women in Afghan society; how Afghans view the .
In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, observable changes can be seen in Amir’s character as he moves from Kabul, Fremont, and later back to Kabul. In the beginning of the novel one encounters a self-centered young boy, who lives a notably privileged life.
Khaled Hosseini book The Kite Runner portrays Afghanistan realistically V.S the American Perception. (National Geographic news website) Clearly, the American Perception of Afghanistan is a little farfetched.
The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan.
has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel's faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.