What role do illness/deformities play in the novel? Discuss why so many characters have recurring medical issues throughout the novel. Austin Alvarez 3rd Period

Illness plays a significant role in the book "The Kite Runner" as many of the main characters get sick in the book. The author of "The Kite Runner" Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world. "The Kite Runner" refers to the main characters best friend, Hassan. The author Hosseini develops the idea of illness in "The Kite Runner" because he wants to get a deeper insight on how Amir would handle and react to his loved ones being sick.
Amir as a young boy does not handle the illness of how Ali and Hassan are treated in the Afghan world. Ali an Hassan are lower class people and due to their class, they are treated unfairly by other Afghan people. "Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi'a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing." Amir is claiming that although Ali and Baba were best friends as kids, him and Hassan will never be due to their different classes. Amir sees Hassan in a different way just because of their class differences. He was also too young to understand. "I spent the first twelve years of my life playing with Hassan." He wants to be friends with Hassan, but he feels their different point of views separate them. Amir is too young to understand how to handle a situation like that and he doesn't handle it well.
As Amir gets older he begins to start handling the conflict of illness much better as he shows with Baba. As Baba gets older he goes to America with Amir only to find out that he has cancer and is in bad shape. "Baba walked out of the welfare office like a man cursed of a tumor." Amir knows Baba is sick, but he also knows that Baba is still the same person and that his pride is still intact. Baba after a while does begin to feel the effects of the cancer. "I found blood on his pillow." Amir in this situation didn't freak out like his old self would have, but instead he remained calm and did what he could do to help Baba feel better. This shows that Amir handles illness better as he ages.
Later in the story Amir runs into author loved one that is ill, Sohrab. Amir goes to Afghan and wants Sohrab to come back with him, but the only way is if he goes back to the orphanage. "Will God... Will God put me in hell for what i did to that man?" At this point Sohrab is having suicidal thoughts and wants to kill himself, but he doesn't want to burn in hell. Sohrab's illness is him wanting to kill himself because he doesn't want to live in this harsh world. "Suddenly I was on my knees, screaming." Amir brings that child side out of him when he finds Sohrab trying to kill himself. This indicates that Amir handles some situations better than others.
In "The Kite Runner" Amir deals with many loved ones being ill and he handles some situations better than others. This overall brings out both sides of Amir we see in the book and effects the overall perspective Amir perceives.


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