What is Hosseini saying about the importance of friendship as a theme throughout the novel? Layla ontaneda 6th

A major accomplishment in life is being able to experiencing true friendship. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hossini is a novel about two boys growing up in Afghanistan and the struggles they must face and the self guilt that one main character must endure. Thoughout the novel Hosseini shows a friendship that has devotion and sacrifices. The struggle between two people in different social status, which they must overcome due to societies views, defining their personal beliefs and morals.

Hassan was loyal to Amir to a fault. He would sacrifice many things that he wanted in order to satisfy Amir. "Inshallah, we'll celebrate later. Right now, I'm going to run that blue kite for you," he said... "Hassan!" I called. "Come back with it! He was already turning the street corner, his rubber boots kicking up snow. He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. "For you a thousand times over!" He said." This quote demonstrates Hassan's devotion towards Amir, he basically says that he would do anything for Amir. "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. Hassan never denied me anything." Although Hassan was devotedly dedicated to Amir , Amir never reciprocated the same devotion, Amir appreciated his loyalty and I think that made the relationship stronger.

Dispite their different ethnicities Amir and Hassan had a very close relationship, which was singled out and criticized when they were playing with others. While Amir is considered higher in their social caste, Hassan is defined as an inferior class. "The book said part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi'a. The book said a lot of things I didn't know, things my teachers hadn't mentioned. Things Baba hadn't mentioned either. It also said some things I did know, like that people called Hazaras mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys. I had heard some of the kids in the neighborhood yell those names to Hassan." (Ch.2) This quote shows how the general population viewed hazara's and how Hassan was treated because of that. Amir and Hassan's realtionship was deeply effected by this, as a result we see how Amir treats him because of this. "Never mind that we taught each other to ride a bicycle with no hands, or to build a fully functional homemade camera out of a cardboard box. Never mind that we spent entire winters flying kites, running kites. Never mind that to me, the face of Afghanistan is that of a boy with a thin-boned frame, a shaved head, and low-set ears, a boy with a Chinese doll face perpetually lit by a harelipped smile. 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."(Ch. 4) Amir's definition is that even though they grew up together and were considered equals at home, he and Hassan would never be treated as equals in their real world. Their friendship was never truly accepted and we see how that strained their relationship.

Amir and Hassan have a unique bond dispite having opposite morals and different personalities. Amir was self centered, while Hassan was more of an empathetic character. "... scowling at his son. "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." (Ch.2) Hassan is protecting Amir so he wouldn't get in trouble, while Amir let's him take the blame. This quote is an example of how Hassan and Amir had different morals.

Amir and Hassan relationship was very unique because of social ranking. Amir survived childhood because of the devotion, sacrifice and true friendship that Hassan offered him. Lastly, Amir's sacrifice for Sohrab, Hassan's son, came full circle, when he sacrifices his life by fighting Assef, something that he regrets not doing for Hassan and forgiveness is found within.

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