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Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" portrays many issues of conflict. Choose four examples of conflict and discuss how they contribute to the success of the novel.

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Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" portrays many issues of conflict. Choose four examples of conflict and discuss how they contribute to the success of the novel. Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" explores many themes through which internal and external conflicts are portrayed. The conflicts that are depicted is a major facet in developing the main characters and also adds suspense to the story line which overall makes the novel successful. The salient conflicts that are portrayed in the novel consist of Amir's guilt and search for redemption due to not trying to prevent Hassan's rape, the relationship between Baba and Amir which is subject to so many fluctuations in love and hate, the different views on religion that arise in the novel, and the constant prejudice against the Hazara's in Afghanistan. The conflict of Amir's search for redemption is articulated in the introduction when Amir says, "it was my past of unatoned sins" and then he alludes to what Rahim Khan said to him "There is a way to be good again." This indicates to the reader that Amir had perpetrated a sin in his past that he regrets and feels he needs atone for. His misdemeanor is revealed to the reader after the kite-flying competition when he failed to prevent Hassan's rape. This leaves Amir scarred with guilt and the first symptoms of the ramification it has on him is perceived when he declares on his ...read more.

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This is shown when Amir says, "I always felt like Baba hated me a little...After all, I had killed his beloved wife." The conflict in their relationship is portrayed to be mostly internal such as when Amir says "I wish I could open my veins and drain his cursed blood from my body" which depicts, using a bloody imagery, that there are times when Baba's rancor drives Amir to extents where he feels a severe hatred toward Baba. This internal conflict develops into an external one during Hassan's rape where Amir says "Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba." Amir compares Hassan to the sacrificial lamb of Eid in Islam. Amir sacrifices Hassan by not preventing the rape, for the blue kite so he could win Baba's approbation. Little did he know that by sacrificing Hassan to Assef, Amir sacrificed himself to guilt, which would plague him for the many years to come. Later on in the novel Amir discovers that the reason Baba was hard on him because he couldn't love Hassan, his half son, the way he yearned to so he took it out on Amir. Afterwards Amir is able to reconcile himself with this fact when he becomes a father figure to Sohrab. Religion is prominent throughout the whole novel as Amir struggles internally with questioning his own credences, and the extremist Taliban views of Islam, which eventually makes life very grim in Afghanistan. ...read more.

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This shows that Amir feels that a sacrifice of a minority in the Afghan community is a equitable price to pay for Baba's approval, although subsequently Amir suffers from a terrible guilt that eats at him for many years to come. Although the love between Amir and Hassan and Baba and Ali is prominent and constant in their time in Afghanistan, it displays the low social position the Hazara's have in Afghanistan because even though Hassan is Baba's son, he works as a servant in the household. The external conflict of the discrimination of Hazara plays a pivotal role in the climax of the novel and determines the course of events in Hassan's life. The use of conflict in the "The Kite Runner" was a requisite to the success of the novel, because not only did it intrigue the reader it was what steered the story line in different directions. The conflicts that are portrayed in "The Kite Runner" is entrenched within the many themes and characters and also creates irony within the novel, such as how Amir always desired to have inherited some of Baba's traits but realized later on that him and Baba were alike in many ways because they had both betrayed their best friends. In conclusion, the use of themes through which Hosseini portrayed the many areas of conflict is crucial to the overall success of an excellent novel. ...read more.

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