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 first night in Jalalabad “That was the first night I became an insomniac” This highlights that his guilt has surpassed the troubled feeling in his mind and reached a point where it has started to have negative effects on his physical self. The reader is able to commiserate with Amir when he agrees to travel to the war-stricken land of Afghanistan to bring back Sohrab. “I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under the mattress." This sentence displays irony and also shows Amir’s first steps to his pursuit of redemption because the last time Amir planted money under a mattress was out of his selfish reasons but the second time he did it out of benevolence to help the family from their financial crisis. After his fight with Assef Amir states, “My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed.” This shows that Amir feels that he deserved this as a punishment so he feels  ‘healed’. At the end of the novel, the scene indicates that Amir finds redemption because in the process of saving Sohrab, he was able to forgive himself and as a result, find redemption

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The relationship between Amir and Baba is a recurring conflict that gives rise to the first major climax in the novel. Until his adulthood, Amir has a constant desire for Baba’s love and approval. “One time at Ghargha Lake…. He patted Hassan on the back. Even put an arm around his shoulder” Amir feels as though his father loves Hassan more than him so when Baba asked him before their second visit to Ghargha lake, Amir lies and says that Hassan is sick. This suggests to the reader that Amir is jealous of Hassan and Amir didn’t want to ...

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