Kite Runner

Title: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Text Type: Novel
Cultural Perspective: Afghanistan
Gender details: Male Perspective
Critical Reputation: Yes

Khaled Hosseini’s novel ‘The Kite Runner’ tells the story of a young boy, Amir and his struggles through his life. The novel starts when Amir at this point an adult living in Los Angeles receives a phone call from his old friend Rhahim Khan. From this the story of Amir Childhood begins, in which we meet loyal Hassan, a Hazara who is the son of Ali, Amir's father's servant. The two children spend their days in the then peaceful city of Kabul, kite fighting and roaming through the streets. Amir’s father, a wealthy merchant, who Amir affectionately refers to as Baba, loves both the boys, but seems critical of Amir. Thus Amir is jealous of his father’s love for Hassan and is constantly trying to please his father. By winning the kite fighting tournament he wins his father’s affection but does not appreciate this due to the cowardly way in which he watched Hassan be attacked due to his loyalty to Amir, this scene forever breaking their friendship in ways they could never have predicted.   Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.
The theme of living up to parent’s expectations is explored by Hosseini within the novel. Amir as a young boy is constantly trying to please and live up to his father’s expectations of what boys should be like. Baba as Amir calls his father expects his son to be athletic and strong against the other boys, he wants him to appreciate the same things as him such as football whereas Amir finds these things boring in comparison to books, which he loves deeply and from them grows his passion to write stories of his own. I think it is unfair to try to force your...