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Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Canada: Random House, 2004.

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Portfolio Entry #1-Novel (Character) Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Canada: Random House, 2004. Theme: Real Friendships are more than a stubborn act; they are actions that surround your soul in order to uncover the truth that you're seeking in a friend. Friendship, as understood here, is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other, for the other's sake, and that involves some degree of intimacy. As such, friendship is undoubtedly central to our lives, in part because the special concern we have for our friends must have a place within a broader set of concerns, including moral concerns, and in part because our friends can help shape who we are as persons. Given this centrality, important questions arise concerning the justification of friendship and, in this context, whether it is permissible to "trade up" when someone new comes along, as well ...read more.


Never mind that we spent entire winters flying kites, running kites. Never mind that to me, the face of Afghanistan is that of a boy with a thin-boned framed, a shaved head, and low set ears, a boy with a Chinese doll face perpetually lit by a harelipped smile." (Hosseini p. 27) As you can see Amir's stubbornness towards Hassan always shows disagreement that they are friends, but in their souls they truly see themselves more than just a Pashtun and a Hazara but as brothers. Another situation where Amir tests Hassan's friendship and loyalty was when Amir won the kite competition and Hassan runs off to retrieve the kite, only to encounter Assef, a local bully, with whom he has had previous run-ins. Amir tries to find Hassan, only to watch at a distance as he is raped by Assef and his gang. ...read more.


We always say something about friendship, while we want to stay for a longer period of time with someone. But does this mean that we want to be friends with each other? Testing your friend's loyalty in order to see how faithful they are is a fine idea, but when you get carried away it can cause negative feelings and possibly a loss of friendship. A real friend is not only a speaking mouth, but also a helping hand, and sometimes even a shoulder that you can depend on. A real friendship must be tested by a long period, sometimes for ten or more years. And of course, friendship can be promoted onto a higher level, such as love. If you both have love for each other, you will make good friendship. Amir's ideal true friend was staring at him in the face all the time but it took a while for him to realize that Hassan was the one. ...read more.

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