Research Paper: Khaled Hosseini's 2003 Novel the Kite Runner

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Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel The Kite Runner should be considered an

important work of its time and place. The 324 page book, published by

Riverhead Books, tells the narrative of two families of intertwined

misfortunes across the borders of Afghanistan and America. I initially had

read this text on the advice of a friend. An extremely popular and

critically acclaimed work of its year, I read it with great interest and

found that a number of its themes are extremely compelling and worthy of

critical evaluation. In particular, I selected the work for its themes of

friendship and betrayal, which emerge the relationship between Amir and

Hassan. That this personal story is delivered before the inhospitable

backdrop of Afghanistan would make it a particularly suitable choice for

its relevance to current events. The fact that Hosseini's work was a

bestseller is indicative of the interest of mainstream audiences in such a

subject matter. There is a clear cultural undercurrent disposing people to

interest and education about Afghanistan and its people.

The main characters of the story are initially Amir and Hassan, whose

class distinctions in a caste-driven Afghanistan cause them to run afoul of

an aggressive and psychologically sick boy names Assef. When Amir

witnesses his best friend raped by Assef, he hides in a bush out of fear.

The guilt of this cowardice causes him to frame his friend of theft and

have him ejected from his father's house. The story revolves on the guilt

suffered by Amir upon escaping Afghanistan to California and his efforts at

achieving reconciliation through Hassan's son Sohrab.

Sohrab is another important character in the narrative. As Hassan's

son, he remains the only link to a man who had been killed for standing up… [END OF PREVIEW]

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