How does the author use irony to contribute to the meaning of the novel "The Kite Runner" ? 5th period Katy Powers

The kite runner is dead but in his place, an old friend, Amir has started the race. In the historical drama The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, the two boys, Amir and Hassan, fly kites together. Amir is the kite fighter and Hassan the kite runner. Hosseini uses irony through out the novel to contribute to the meaning of the book because, in the beginning the thing Amir thought he was to good for is now what he aspires to be .This is illustrated by Amir's conflict with himself.

Hassan is Amir's Hazara servant. The Hazaras where thought of as being a lower class. Amir's struggle is convincing himself that he doesn't just think of Hassan as a servant but as a friend. "But he's not my friend! I almost blurted. He's my servant! had I really thought of that? Of course I hadn't . I hadn't. . .But if so, then why, when Baba's friends came to visit with their kids, didn't I ever include Hassan in our games? Why did I play with Hassan only when no one else was around? "(Pg.41 Chp. 4) This quote explains that Amir thinks of himself as higher than Hassan. To Amir, Hassan's role is to wake up, be a servant to Amir, and his playmate. What Amir doesn't know is Hassan does not have a bad life. He is a normal kid. Even though Hassan knows Amir can't see that, Amir still means the world to Hassan. "He cupped his hands around his mouth. 'For you a thousand times over!' he said. Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner."(Pg.67 Chp.7) Amir doesn't realize that Hassan is happy with his life. Because Hassan has such a poverty-stricken life, Amir thinks he is not as good and is unhappy when really, it is Amir that is the unhappy one. However, he does realize that Hassan would do anything for Amir. Amir's conflict with himself and misunderstanding with Hassan leads him to wanting the life he doesn't know Hassan already has.

Amir thinks of himself as higher than Hassan.

Because of what Amir did to Hassan he tries to escape from his sins. Instead of running toward the life Amir wants he is running the opposite way. Amir's internal battle is caused by the perception of himself and he can't let it go. " A pair of steel hands closed around my windpipe at the sound of Hassan's name. I rolled down the window ,waited for the steel hand to loosen their grip." In this quote Amir is beating himself down over the thought of Hassan. Through all these years Amir still hasn't forgiven himself. To resolve the internal conflict Amir has to atone for his sins. " Come. There is a way to be good again, Rahim Khan had said on the phone just before hanging up."(Pg.192 Chp.14) This quote means that by helping out Hassan this one last time, Amir could finally be at peace with Hassan. By going back to Kabul, the place Amir had been avoiding, Amir is facing the struggle hes been dealing with the whole time.

Amir's conflict with himself. The shadow is Amir's but he could make it anyone he wants it be.

At the end of the novel Amir aspires to be the sacrifice, what Hassan had been from the beginning, and finally not feel guilty. By saving Hassan's son Sorab, Amir has done what he should have done all along. "I don't know at what point i started laughing, but i did.It hurt ,My throat to laugh,hurt my jaws, my ribs. But I was laughing and laughing. And the harder i laughed the harder he kicked me, punched me, scratched me. . . What was so funny was that, for the first time, since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I'd even been looking forward to this."(Pg.289 Chp.22) This quote shows Amir's change. Although most people wouldn't laugh when getting beaten to death, Amir needed that. Now Amir has filled Hassan's place and has done what he had to do. "For you , 'A thousand times over,' I heard my self say.Then I turned and ran."(Pg.371 Chp.25) This example illustrates that Amir is finally happy with himself and has the life he wanted from the beginning. Amir will do anything for Sorab because, that's what Hassan has taught him.

Amir's Peace.

Through Amir's journey he has: Atoned for his sins, found peace with Hassan, and found what he had been blindly searching for, finding the answer and becoming The Kite Runner.

Th house represents Kabul, the place Amir ran from to hide from his sins.
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Katy Powers


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