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Conflict in Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner"

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Samhitha K Conflict in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Amir, the central character and the protagonist of the story goes through various conflicts. The author uses conflicts to build up tension in the storyline and makes the text more appealing and engaging to the audience. Conflict in this book plays an essential role in plot and character development. Hosseini uses conflict and tension to bring out the multifaceted characters in the story. There are various types of conflict in The Kite Runner such as: Man versus Himself, Man versus Man and Man versus Society. Using these conflicts, Hosseini builds tension and anticipation throughout the story. Amir is riddled with his relentless guilt; He is guilty of betraying Hassan and not doing anything while he was raped. He is mentally tortured and crushed with the conflict between his past and his present. As Amir says ''...It's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. ...read more.


Amir and Assef have had disputes since their early childhood. He describes Assef as a "sociopath" (Hosseini 73) because of his evil doings, including raping Hassan. Hosseini further justifies his cruelty as he presents a biography of Adolf Hitler on Amir's birthday. This foreshadows Assef joining Taliban as he saw Hitler as his role model. The conflict between Assef and Amir resumes as he sees Assef sexually harassing Sohrab. In order to save Sohrab, Amir confronts Assef. The conflict between them becomes physical. Hosseini uses physical violence to draw readers' attention, making them feel involved in the plot. The relationship between Baba and Amir is not very affectionate because Baba cannot love Hassan openly (because he is a Hazara); he is distant toward Amir and is not very affectionate toward him, though he undoubtedly loves him. Amir always thought Baba liked Hassan more than him and that's why Amir didn't do anything when Hassan was being raped. Many of the sins that Amir committed were to gain Baba's affection. ...read more.


Hosseini pulls the reader into the shoes of the characters and makes them sympathize for them. When Amir was on American soil, he was a second class citizen or an immigrant. He therefore was not given all the privileges the American citizens had. Another instant was when Amir conversed with Raymond Andrews, the US consulate in Pakistan who helps Amir adopt Sohrab. ""Cleared his throat."Are you Muslim?"[Amir:] "Yes." [Raymond Andrews:] "Practicing?" "Yes." In truth, I didn't remember the last time I had laid my forehead to the ground in prayer" (Hosseini 207). This indicates the insecurity and doubtfulness that the character goes through and makes the reader sympathize. All these social conflicts are significant to the story to help comprehend the situation and context. Amir has constant conflicts with himself and other characters in the story, yet it was totally up to him to fight against his mistakes. As can be seen from the above evidence, conflict makes The Kite Runner an excellent and intriguing read. Conflict and tension keep the reader interested in what going on and it develops the readers' interest and hooks the reader into the plot, making it a distinguished read. ...read more.

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