2011-12-15_015726_the_kite_runner_analysis

Under the restrictive control and violent regime of

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under the restrictive control and violent regime of the Taliban and Amir has asked to risk his life to make amends. The past as a series of events – which, taken together, form a history – comes up again and again to haunt the main character. History is unfolding throughout the book, in Afghanistan
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THE KITE RUNNER 4 and in the United States, and touching the lives of two boys. Amir and Hassan are as close as two friends can be; they play together, they live on the same land, they know everything about each other. The gaps or distance that remains between them, however, are also large, as Amir points out: “Beacause history is not easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi’a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing”. Two different time frames inform and affect Amir’s narration, creating a contrast between the before and after. The relative calm that prevailed in Afghanistan, before the times of upheaval, violence, and war, is mirrored in the innocence of the two boys before they are afflicted by cruelty and violence. When Amir first hears gunshots in the streets, he notes, “they were foreign sounds to us then. The generation of Afghan children whose ears would know nothing but the sounds of bombs and gunfire was not yet born …. None of us had any notion that a way of life had ended” . The gunfire marks the end of an era and of a particular way of life in Afghanistan: “if not quite yet, then at least it was the beginning of the end. The end, the official end, would come first in April 1978 with the communist coup d’etat, and then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew and marking the start of a still ongoing era of bloodletting”. Such a major historical transition occurs rapidly: “Kabul awoke the next morning to find that the monarchy was a thing of the past. The king, Kahir Shah, was away in Italy. In his absence, his cousin Daud Khan ended the king’s forty year reign with a bloodless coup”. The way of life that Amir has known in his
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THE KITE RUNNER 5 home country has ended. This shift in reality and loss of innocence foreshadow the personal rift that occurs between Amir and Hassan. Another recurring theme in The Kite Runner is the importance of familial ties, most significantly the father-son relationship. Amir’s relationship with his father, whom he calls Baba, changes over time, especially when the pair immigrates to the United States. In Afghanistan, Amir’s father is a more dominating figure, whose approval Amir seeks, while this desire to receive his father’s admiration causes him resentment and anger.
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