The Kite Runner is the story of Amir, a Sunni Muslim, who struggles to find his place in the world because of the aftermath and fallout from a series of traumatic childhood events. An adult Amir opens the novel in the present-day United States with a vague reference to one of these events, and then the novel flashes back to Amir’s childhood in Afghanistan. In addition to typical childhood experiences, Amir struggles with forging a closer relationship with his father, Baba; with determining the exact nature of his relationship with Hassan, his Shi’a Muslim servant. There is also Ali, the father of Hassan and is the best of friends with Baba. Hassan and Ali are Hazaras, as Hazaras they are looked downward on in Afghanistan, them two are mocked and called rude names by local people for simply being Hazaras. Hassan, specifically, is mocked and bugged by the nearby kids once a day. He doesn’t have any companions aside from Amir who is one of the main Pashtuns who approaches Hassan with deference, in spite of the fact that this is likely because of Hassan being Amir’s servants. There are numerous solid signs of friendship in The Kite Runner. However, the novel likewise proves how friendship can be broken because of one’s greed and selfishness. The Kite Runner depicts the complicated parts of Amir and Hassan’s fellowship while featuring how selling out and recovery play in their relationship.
Betrayal was featured in a wide range of areas of the novel however none more evident than the betrayal that happened in Amir’s association with Hassan. As kids, Amir and Hassan were very close. They had a bond like siblings and would successfully secure each other. The main genuine blame in their relationship was the envy which Amir at times showed towards Hassan. Amir was typically envious that Baba treated both Amir and Hassan similarly. The desire that Amir had for Hassan spiraled into childishness which was featured in chapter seven. In chapter seven, Amir was determined to winning the neighborhood kite-battling competition to please Baba whose love Amir desired. With the assistance of Hassan, Amir won the competition. Hassan rushed to get the kite that they had quite recently cut down to win the competition for Amir. This is a prime case of the loyalty Hassan had towards Amir. After finding the kite, Hassan was chased by Assef and his two friends. Assef is one of the young men who constantly annoyed Hassan. Amir wound up stressed after Hassan had not returned for some time. After they went to look through all Kabul, Amir discovered Hassan cornered in a partner by Assef and his friends. They said that they would let him go if he gave them the kite but Hassan refused to do so. Since he didn’t give them the kite Assef raped Hassan. Amir could have effortlessly helped Hassan by going in the partner and telling Hassan to give the kite or going home to get help. However, Amir did not do anything, that kite was more essential to him than Hassan. Amir betrayed Hassan in light of the fact that he picked a kite over him, despite the fact that he who might do anything to please Amir.
After the events that took place in Kabul, Amir was determined to redeem himself and make up for his betrayal of Hassan. After being informed by his father’s dying friend Rahim that Hassan and his wife Farzana had been killed by the Taliban orphaning their son Sohrab, Amir was determined to put his life in danger and go to Afghanistan to save Sohrab. This was amplified by the fact that according to Rahim, Hassan and Amir were half-brothers. Amir and his driver Farid set out on a treacherous path to Kabul. Once they arrived they visited the local orphanage in hopes of finding Sohrab. They were informed that Sohrab was taken by Taliban officials. Desperate to find Sohrab, Amir and Farid decided to attend a local soccer game after the orphanage director said the Taliban official who bought Sohrab might be there. After finding the person that the director had described, Amir requested to talk with him after the game and he agreed. Amir met with the official and asked him about Sohrab. The official asked a few bodyguards to bring Sohrab out. When Sohrab came out, he was wearing makeup, presumably to be dressed up like a girl and raped by the Taliban. The official made an offer to Amir, he said he would let Sohrab go if he was able to beat the official in a fight. At this point, the official had revealed that he was actually Assef the boy who raped Hassan many years ago. Assef was obviously winning the fight, Amir felt great relief though because he felt that he was finally getting what he deserved. After it was obvious Amir was going to die Sohrab brought out his slingshot and shot Assef in the eye. Amir and Sohrab were able to escape together. After Amir was treated in a hospital in Pakistan, he and Sohrab went back to America. Amir likely saved Sohrab’s life which fully made up for his betrayal of Hassan. Amir was finally able to redeem himself after his past mistakes and live a prosperous life.
Khaled Hosseini could diagram two altogether different subjects in the kite sprinter; betrayal and redemption. The peruser took after Amir as a youngster betray his companion over and over. He allowed Hassan to be scarred for whatever is left he can possibly imagine for his own pick up. In any case, as Amir grew up he was forced to live with the blame that he didn’t do anything to spare Hassan when he was getting raped. Later in the novel, however Amir could make up for his past young mistakes. He made a trip to Afghanistan taking a chance with his life on different events and nearly got beat up to death to spare Sohrab the orphaned child of Hassan. He was at long last ready to make up for himself after every one of those years. After this Amir could at last begin excusing himself for his past mistakes. The was plot when Amir states, “But I’ll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting” (Hosseini, page 391). Despite the fact that Amir redeemed himself he acknowledges that the main snowflake has started dissolving. This means according to Amir in his mind he still has a long way to go to finally forgive himself. Both betrayal and redemption are two indispensable topics in The Kite Runner which are carefully sketched out by Khaled Hosseini.