Irony in The Kite Runner By:ileana GONZALEZ

"The kite runner" is one of the least emotional books on the market - that's verbal irony. The kite runner is actually a realistic fiction book by Khaled Hosseini about a boy who grows up in Afganistan and struggles with forgiving himself, and happens to be a tearjerker. Hosseini develops the theme that selfless heroes get forgotten through using irony showing how characters misinterpret some scenarios and draw conclusions far from the truth.

For instants, the way Assef builds morals based off a false belief that punishes good people. We see this when he goes and picks on the Amir and Hassan, he explains his thought process: "we [pashtuns] are the true Afghan the pure Afghan." Assef read complex book that pushed him into seeing Hazaras as a infestation to Afghanistan. The irony in this is that every Pashtun character in this book character has a hidden life of sin, while hazaran characters are loyal, honest, and pure. When Amir talks to Hassan he says, "he was so goddam pure you always felt like a phony around him." Not only does this demonstrate how good the hazara character is, but also shows that Pashtuns are aware of their impure conscience. Ultimately the heroes of this part of the book are being deformed into a stereotype that doesn't fit their true character.

Likewise to how Amir reinterprets seasons into a meaning they did not originally represent. In the begging of the book Amir is transitioning through seasons he says," ice sheathed the roads, the chill between Baba and me thawed a little." As a child winter is a dream come true; a time for him to make Baba proud. Later on when's he's with Sorhab, he sees that bonding isn't about pride and says "when spring comes it melts one snowflake at a time." Winter had switched from being a good time of the year for fathers and sons, to being a silence time. This switch happens because as a kid Amir was win Baba over with pride, but at the end he is sacrificing for Sorhab because he loves him. Winter who is first Amir's hero, is forgotten and retaken as a time of pain.

This is demonstrated again by babas ironic remark about a Pashtun steriotype. When Baba is discussing Afghan tradition with Amir, he tells him," in a hour of need... there's no one you'd rather have at your side than a Pashtun" Amir is a Pashtun who not only ran in his brothers time of need, but comtinued to run instead of speaking out. Even Rhaim stayed quite after learning what had happened, and ignores it for another 26 years, till long last Hassan's death. But Hassan the hazara was right behind Amir when Assef pulls his brass knuckles "please leave us alone agha."Hassan was more heroic than Amir's main guidance, yet Baba thinks Pashtuns are the ines to be trusted at a time of need.

In conclusion all the irony shows the reader that a true hero can be portrayed wrong, because a true hero is humble and doesn't look for glory and recognition. Furthermore we should never judge a someone by a stereotype because they might be fighting to be hero in their reality.


Created with images by filtran - "nostalgie (that's my soul up there)" • LukePricePhotography - "Bay Bridge, San Francisco" • Newtown grafitti - "Pro-Refugee Rally, XVII" • Cristiana Bardeanu - "Snow" • Mauro Cateb - "Brass knuckles" • Orin Zebest - "All-Out Kite Fight!"

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