Kite Runner Essay

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The Affect Ethnic Class Has on Amir and Hassan's RelationshipThe relationships you have with others are shaped by our identities in society. In The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan's relationship is highly affected by their social classes, the title of this book accurately reflects this. Amir is a higher ethnic class than Hassan is, this is represented as Amir flies the kite, and Hassan runs them. The title also represents how Hassan is always doing things for Amir, and it seems as though he would do anything as long it makes Amir happy. Yet it is shown throughout the book, that Amir wouldn't do the same.In the society they live in, Amir is looked upon as wealthy and upscale, as Hassan is looked upon as dirty and poor. This affects the roles they play in their relationship with each other. An example of this is during the annual kite tournaments, Amir flies the kites, and Hassan runs them. Hassan has the harder job. This is a passage from the text that establishes this, "Every kite fighter has an assistant-in my case, Hassan-who held the spool and fed the line."(54). As a result of Hassan's social class, he is Amir's servant, because he is Amir's servant, he is Amir's Assistant in the kite tournament.Although Hassan does all of these things for Amir, Amir never really thanks him. An example form the text of this is right after Amir and Hassan win the kite tournament:"Hassan we-""I know," he said, breaking our embrace. "Inshallah, we'll celebrate later. Right now, I'm going to run that blue kite for you," he said. He dropped the spool and took off running, the hem of his green chapan dragging in the snow behind him"Hassan!" I called. "Come back with it!"He was already turning a street corner, his rubber boots kicking up snow. He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. "For you, a thousand times over!" He said. (?)As seen in this passage from the text, and all through The Kite Runner, Amir never really thanks Hassan for all he does for him. Amir acts like he doesn't need to thank him. Just like a master never feels the need to thank his servant. This relates back to their contrasting social classes.Hassan treats Amir with outward love, like a brother, and a best friend. WhileAmir, acts like they are best friends when they are alone, but when it really counts Amir is not there for Hassan. Amir treats him like a servant, while Hassan's loyalty to him is consistent. A text example form the book of this is how Hassan makes Amir breakfast every morning, and Amir describes one of their mornings, "The next morning as he was preparing my breakfast Hassan asked if something was bothering me. I snapped at him, told him to mind his own business. Rahim Kahn had been wrong about the mean streak thing."(25) This shows how Amir treats him like a friend sometimes, like when wants to talk to him about problems, but when he is not in the mood, like in this passage, he treats him like a servant, telling him to 'mind his own business'. Amir would...

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