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A Literary Analysis Of Internal And External Conflict In The Kite Runner

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Miguel Anguel Ruiz once said, “People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies” (Ruiz). Many conflicts are faced by the protagonists in Khaled Hosseini’s writing of The Kite Runner, where the protagonists: Amir and Hassan must survive an ever changing cultural landscape; where corrupt governments and deceit are commonplace. Throughout the progression of the plot, the audience views a very different side of Amir, from a boy immersed in a world of affluence and privilege to a young gentleman; who returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to redeem his family’s reputation. The youth, adolescence and adulthood of Amir Khan clearly demonstrate conflict in a world so different from ours. Afghanistan from the 1970s to the year 2001 was a very trying time in the life of the Afghanistan culture; with the overthrowing of the government and where the the Taliban became the power figure. Amir’s actions in failing to support his friend, his longing for love from his father and how his father lacked affection, how Baba was secretive towards his love towards both boys and Amir’s feeling of inadequacy when he received Hassan’s gift demonstrates conflict among the protagonists and antagonists in The Kite Runner.
Amir Khan faces many conflicts within himself and conflicts with his encounters with others after he witnesses the rape of his friend Hassan. The aftermath of Hassan’s rape, negatively affects Amir and he wishes that he did not witness it. He desired that he would have the moral strength to confess to Baba the events in the alley:“ ‘I watched Hassan get raped’ I said to no one… A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this anymore” (Hosseini 91). Living with the fact that Amir witnessed the sexual violation of Hassan and failing to defend his friend, is something that conflicts Amir in The Kite Runner. He wants to free himself from this horrible fact and wished he did something to help. Throughout the story, the audience learns that his failure to intervene and save his friend from that gruesome action conflicts him until his return to Afghanistan to redeem his family and personal reputation.
The conflicts Amir faces are not necessarily isolated. Many issues resonate within him result from a lack of emotional connection with Baba. Amir longs for the love of his father, however, his father is too concerned with maintaining an upstanding public image in a changing Afghan society. Amir recognizes, as he matures, his birthday party was not organized out of benevolence for him by his father; but as a public sign and exhibition of his artificial and spurious sense of pride after Amir won the kite flying tournament: “I didn’t want any [gifts] – it was all blood money; Baba never would have thrown me a party like that if I hadn’t won the tournament” (Hosseini 107). The prestigious image that Baba puts forward foreshadows a different outcome; where Amir...

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