Theme By : Matthew Yoon

In the book the kite runner by khaled hosseini the author uses kites to portray Amirs happiness with hassan in the beginning of the book and he also uses the kite in the middle and towards the end of the book to show the betrayal and redemption of Amir and Hassan.
In the book the kite runner Amir and hassan are close friends that turn out to be brothers, they both enjoy kite running together and this forms a close bond between the two. The would always hang out after school at the cemetery There was a pomegranate tree near the entrance to the cemetery. "One summer day, I used one of Ali's kitchen knives to carve our names on it: "Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul."(21). Stating that they must have been pretty close to do this .Baba (Amirs father) is afraid that Amir will never have the courage to stand up for himself, "Sometimes, up in those trees, I talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor's one-eyed German shepherd. Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn't deny me." (2.2-3) and when they would get caught Hassan would always take the blame."Yes, Father," Hassan would mumble, looking down at his feet. But he never told on me. Never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor's dog, was always my idea. (2.2-3) this shows how many sacrifices that Hassan makes for amir.
The turning point for Amir and Hassans friendship is in chapter 7. One day while kite running Hassan is running Amirs kite from him Hassan turns the corner and meets Assef "Would he do the same for you? Have you ever wondered why he never includes you in games when he has guests? Why he only plays with you when no one else is around? I'll tell you why, Hazara. Because to him, you're nothing but an ugly pet. Something he can play with when he's bored, something he can kick when he's angry. Amir agha and I are friends," Hassan said. He looked flushed. "Friends?" Assef said, laughing. "You pathetic fool! Someday you'll wake up from your little fantasy and learn just how good of a friend he is. Now, bas! Enough of this. Give us that kite." (106-108) Assef says this, Moments before he assults and rapes Hassan1) " I've changed my mind," Assef said. "I'm letting you keep the kite, Hazara. I'll let you keep it so it will always remind you of what I'm about to do." (73) while this is taking place the author lets the audience know that amir is watching and listening to Hassan getting raped and how he just sits there and watches and does nothing about it.
Amir just leaves Hassan in the alley way to just get raped and abused " I stopped watching, turned away from the alley. Something warm was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from the knuckles. I realized something else. I was weeping. From just around the corner, I could hear Assef's quick, rhythmic grunts."(173)I think the reason he did this is no because he hated him and wanted that to happen to him but because he was too young and scared to under stand what was going on. In the middle of the book Amir starts to reminisce about the moment about Hassan getting raped by Assef and it starts to haunt and torment him. And one night when Amir is sleeping it bothers him so much that he just yells and screams it out " That night I became insomniac (86).
Twards the end of the book Amir gets a chance to redeem himself and he takes it he gets a call from Rahim khan and he tell Amir that "Come. There is a way to be good again, Rahim Khan had said on the phone just before hanging up. Said it in passing, almost as an afterthought. " (14.18-19) so Amir goes and takes Sorab and take him to America and then he accepts the beating from assef and finally feels redeemed . So the theme of the story is how one tiny little moment can be crucial to your whole life.

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