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The Theme of Friendship in "The Kite Runner".

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Introduction

A Kinship for Eternity "If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair." This quote is a reminder that friendship should always be kept, no matter what. It is a reminder that friends will always have to repair the damage they have done. This is very true, and is demonstrated in the book, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Two good friends, Amir and Hassan, will demonstrate both positive and negative characteristics of true friendship through fighting with one another, helping one another, and forgiving one another. Hosseini shows that true friends often fight and aren?t always there for each other. Amir and Hassan enjoy doing everything together. Amir, however, never considers Hassan and him to be friends. Amir feels this way because he knows that neither history nor religion changes who they are. In the end, Amir is a Pashtun and Hassan is a Hazara. He believes that ?in the end, the world always wins. That?s just the way of things.? (Hosseini 99) The two grew up together and ?fed from the same breast. [They] took [their] first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, [they] spoke [their] first words. Nothing is going to change that either?. ...read more.

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Hassan protects the sensitive Amir from sadistic neighbourhood bullies.? (The Servant) Hassan is always there for Amir, and all though he appears to be weak, Hassan is very strong. He will always be there for Amir. Like many children, Amir and Hassan had a special something. This something was the carving in the tree which says ?Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul. Those words made it formal: the tree was theirs.? (Hosseini 27) No matter what would happen to these two in the future, this saying was permanent and the story of the lives of these two individuals never left this true. Hassan really admires Amir, and will always listen to him. This is truly evident because ?sometimes... [Amir] talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbour?s one eyed [dog]. Hassan never wanted to, but ... he wouldn?t deny [Amir]. Hassan never denied anything.? (Hosseini 3) Hassan really cares about Amir, and wants to make him feel that he can always count on Hassan. Amir is one of Hassan?s only ?friends? and is like a brother to Hassan. Hassan is a strong influence towards Amir?s writing career. Amir reads books to Hassan, and Hassan enjoys them. One night, Amir tells Hassan a story that Amir wrote himself. Hassan enjoys the story and thinks that ?[it] was the best story [that Amir has] read ... ...read more.

Conclusion

Amir believes that ?[Hassan] was the ant and [Amir] was the magnifying glass? (Hosseini 54) Amir means that he is torturing Hassan, just like the two do to insects. The two boys torture insects for fun, and Amir is doing the same to Hassan. Hassan does not let this get to him, which shows he is strong, just like his father, Baba. Hassan is unable to forgive Amir for the last problem. Amir is the reason Hassan dies in the end of The Kite Runner, so he is forgiven through Hassan son, Sohrab. Amir takes Sohrab back to America with him, and is truly forgiven for everything. Amir takes Sohrab into his family, and treats him like his son. In the end of the novel, Amir runs a kite for Sohrab, just as Hassan does for Amir. This shows that Amir gave Sohrab a future. He hopes that the damage that the boy had suffered could be eased somewhat by the love of his new family. Hosseini does a good job showing that redemption and forgiveness is very important for true friends. The friendship shown between Amir and Hassan in The Kite Runner is a harsh and scary one, but, it may be more of a reality than is thought of. Having true friendships is one of the most important things to accomplish in life. A successful friendship must be unbreakable, even after fights or arguments, it must have forgiveness, and the friends should always be there for each other. These are the three criteria to help create a perfect friendship. ...read more.

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