Infancy is the rudimentary status of human beings, which the ways for the rest of one’s life is determined. Unforgettable events may generate certain emotions in childhood. Thus, it modifies the nature of that person as an adult. Setting in the 1970s in California, the historical and fictional novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, illustrates the main character through his determinations to lengthy life conflicts. The novel outlines Amir’s assorted feelings of love and jealousy towards his best friend, Hassan. Despite their distinctive economic and social classes, they grow up in the same household facing strenuous hardships, resentments, and guilt together. However, the two boys reach a decisive point when the neighborhood bullies Hassan severely. As Amir sees his best friend getting a torture, he tries to provide an assistance. Unfortunately, he gets afraid and watches and does nothing. Amir's guilty, caused by the fear of avoiding his friend’s struggle, eventually leads him to betray his friend. Through the use of irony, foreshadowing, and metaphor, Amir’s childhood experiences harass him into his adulthood.
The utilize of irony in The Kite Runner is predictable yet unlikely. Incapability or rejection to follow-up on some requests, however, outcomes in the blameworthy and the memories of the incidents that appear numerous times in Amir’s life. For instance, when the Russian soldier asks for a woman in the truck, Amir’s father, Baba, addresses to the guy, who knows how to translate in Russian bravely; he says, “Tell him I’ll take a thousand of his bullets before I let this indecency take place,” (116). After hearing what Baba said, Amir feels embarrassed that while his father tries to save someone at the risk of his life, however, Amir does nothing to save his best friend. Khaled Hosseini narrates:
I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassanㅡthe way he’d stood up for me all those times in the pastㅡaccept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran (77).
The scene illustrates an irony that Amir does not protect his best friend, but he runs away from Assef, a Kabul bully who ends up with joining Taliban, in the alley. However, Amir has to withstand Assef in order to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son, at the end of the novel. Amir’s shame follows his adulthood leads him towards the path of salvation when he rises to Assef.
Khaled Hosseini uses foreshadowing to portray the harassment of Amir’s childhood through his adulthood. Specifically, when Amir runs away from Hassan, he says, “Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay win Baba” (77). However, when Amir becomes older and matured, he now feels that he has to protect Sohrab from Assef. The assistance from Hazara, Amir disguises into Taliban and reaches to Assef. Despite his perfect disguise, Assef realizes Amir’s face and asks him the...