The Kite runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, published in 2003 by Riverhead Books . It takes place before Afghanistan’s revolution and its invasion by Russian forces. The kite runner is a vivid and engaging story that gives a picture of how long Afghanis struggled to triumph over the forces of violence, forces that threaten them even today. In this novel , four themes have been introduced, first of all Redemption is a way to make up sins committed , secondly, Adversities contribute to a person’s personality , thirdly , Fear can lead to severe mistakes and long term consequences, before last, After pain and struggles come survival and lastly, Friendship is the essence of a bond that seek the best mutually.
Redemption is a way to make up sins. Amir have embodied an evil character from one side by not treating Hassan the way he deserved even though Hassan used to take responsibilities for him and always wanted to see him joyous; Despite that , Amir always seemed ungrateful and reveals a lack of mutuality various times.
“ What would you do If I hit you with this “,”Hit me back” ( hosseini 92). This is one of the examples that showed the contempt of Amir to Hassan throughout their childhood. Regardless of all his wicked actions, he raised his head up and suddenly decided to change from a sinful person to a person who cared and sees the good of the entourage ( Hassan , Sohrab ) . Amir needed to redeem himself, he needed to show his admirable image and his true personality, after all he really owed his life to Hassan.
Rahim Khan said : “ There is a way to be good, a way to end the cycles with a little boy , An orphan, Hassan’s son somewhere in Kabul” ( Hosseni 222 ).
To this end , Amir has left his peaceful life and routine and had put his life in peril, underwent an abundance of obstacles but eventually, he reached his goal by helping Sohrab for his dead half-brother Hassan, and moreover , to purify his past sins. Positive actions in life will never hurt someone.
Adversities contribute to a person’s personality. Amir have went through adversities, he barely got along with baba since baba was expecting his son to stand up for himself just as he did throughout his life, but in contrary of what he wished , Amir did not enjoy manly activities , he enjoyed more academic ones so baba thought Amir was not a guy that could stand up for himself. It affected Amir because he had a high regard on their relationship. “ A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man that can’t stand up to anything “ . This quote foreshadows how Amir would not stand up neither for himself nor for other people such as Hassan. Indeed Amir have made several mistakes , for instance when he was spectator of his half brother getting sexually assaulted but did not try to rescue him . Amir did not act well but from another perspective he benefited from his bad actions to change into a better person, he learned how to be patient and how to catch up...