Theme Of Kite Runner Essay

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What is the Theme of The Kite Runner?
The Kite Runner was written by Khaled Hosseini and published in 2003. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Hassan, his father’s Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s Monarchy, through the Soviet Military intervention, the exile of Pakistan refugees to America, and the rise of the Taliban. The main theme of this book focuses on guilt and redemption. Throughout the novel, Amir is constantly trying to redeem himself. Early on, Amir strives to redeem himself through his father’s eyes primarily because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible. The more important part of Amir’s search for redemption, however, branches off of his guilt regarding Hassan. The moral standard Amir must meet to earn his redemption is set early in the book, when Baba says that “…a boy who doesn’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything”. As a boy, Amir failed to stand up for himself. As an adult, he can only redeem himself by proving he has the courage to stand up for what is right.
The beginning of the book focuses on Amir’s redemption through his father, Baba’s, eyes. Amir and Baba have a very complex relationship. Although Amir loves his father greatly, he isn’t quite sure if his father loves him fully back. Amir’s mother died while giving birth to him and he thinks that it is his fault. Growing up, Amir believed that he was a failure because he didn’t meet any of his father’s expectations and wasn’t good enough. Amir could never stand up for himself and was more interested in reading and poetry, while his father was interested in sports and was looked at as courageous and mighty. Amir thought that the only way he could be accepted by his father was by winning the annual kite-tournament and bringing back the losing kite. As a child, Amir was given everything he wanted but the only thing he was deprived of was the emotional connection with his father. He was willing to do anything to have that. When Hassan started getting attention from Baba, Amir became massively jealous. Though Hassan was his best friend, Amir feelt that Hassan, a Hazara servant, was beneath him. He passively attacked Hassan by mocking and taunting him. Amir never learned how to affirm himself against...

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