“The effect of war is most greatly felt within relationships. Discuss, looking at the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
When looking at war, one must not only look at the battles waged on the battlefield, but also those that take place at home, namely the toll war has on the relationships of the people left behind. In The Kite Runner, war is an ever-present figure, and Hosseini effectively brings out how war affects the relationships of his characters mostly through shifting narratives, climactic plot and figurative expressions.
Starting with how war impacts negatively on friendships, we come across Husseini’s protagonist, Amir telling us about his childhood best friend, Hassan, whereupon he sadly exposes the existence of class distinctions between them. There is no doubt that Amir is superior to Hassan purely because of the differing ethnic groups they belong to: Amir is a Pashtun (the upper class), and Hassan a Hazara (the lower class). Hosseini uses flashback whereupon while perusing Baba's study, Amir finds a book detailing the oppression of the Hazaras by the Pashtuns, who '“quelled them with unspeakable violence”'. Verb quelled suggests an oppressive action and adjective unspeakable leaves it to the reader’s imagination. The reader gets the feeling that even though the fighting took place in the 19th century, the conflict which then bred prejudice against the Hazaras has a tangible effect on Amir and Hassan's friendship.