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Friendship in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite runner

Khaled Hosseini was born in Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1993 he earned his M.D. He practiced medicine for over ten years. He is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Being a full-time physician he has authored books like A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), And the Mountains Echoed (2012), The Kite Runner (2007), Sea Prayer (2018) .after the success of The Kite Runner he invested his time in writing fictions. In his novels, Hosseini has portrayed Afghanistan’s problems and communal tensions. A reader will get to see the formation, controls, and deeds of the Taliban in his novels. Hosseini has won many prestigious literary awards like California Book Award Silver Medal. He has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through the Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Hosseini which has Amir in its center and through his life journey the reader gets to know about the old Afghanistan which is opposite to the expectation of a modern man. The novelist has dealt with many themes like friendship, betrayal, redemption, love, etc. Hassan the childhood friend of Amir was more close to him in relation than Amir could dream of. The novel pierced the reader’s heart with its gradual development. Hassan was the best kite runner in that region and Amir who lacked most qualities of his father had only Hassan. Hassan was raped by Aseef, another important character of the novel who turns out to be the Head of the Taliban at last. The novel has the power to arrest a reader’s attention from the very beginning and Hosseini is absolutely right when he said: “…because its theme of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and the uneasy love between fathers and sons are universal, and not especially Afghan, the book has been able to reach across cultural, racial, religious and gender gaps to resonate with the readers of varying backgrounds.”

Humans are social beings and they love to be in each other’s company. Friendship is the only relationship where no one arises any question. It is probably the best relationship where two people are merged with each other and both become an integral part of the other. Friendship has been celebrated by many writers in their works, from Shakespeare to Dickens. The bond of friendship is seen in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner. The aim of this article is to look at how Hosseini’s novel moves around the theme of Friendship.

The novel moves around the central figure Amir and his friend Hassan.  Hassan was the son of the servant Ali in Amir’s house. But Amir had no problem with Hassan for being a servant’s son. On the other hand, Ali was a Shi’a Muslim, an ethnic Hazara, and Amir were Sunni, despite these social differences they were very good friends.

The novel starts with a remembrance of the past. Amir now lives in San Francisco but he can very clearly visualize his childhood days with Hassan. “When we were children, Hassan and I used to climb the poplar trees in the driveway of my father’s house…I can still see Hassan up on that tree,” (Hosseini, 2013, p. 3) Here we see Hosseini trying to explain how Amir was good in remembering his friend. It was more than 25 years since Amir saw Hassan for the last time.

Hassan was the son of a servant but that brings no gap between them. In the novel, we see how both were intimate friends and they were fed from the same breasts. “Hassan and I fed on the same breasts. (Hosseini, 2013, p. 10)” Hosseini takes the relationship to a next level by writing that the first word that was spoken by Hassan was Amir. “And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. He was Amir.”(2013, pp. 10-11)

In general one speaks his first word addressing the mother. But by writing these lines Hosseini portrays a strong bond of friendship between the two.

In the novel, we see another group of friends having Aseef, Wali, and Kamal. These three are different from Hassan and Amir. Asif wears a stainless-steel Brass Knuckle. He didn’t like Hassan as Hassan was a Hazara. “ If you are a kid living in the…you knew about Aseef and his famous stainless-steel brass knuckles,”(2013, p. 35)

Amir’s father was not happy with his son, as He was stronger than Amir. Amir got one chance to make his father proud and for that Amir had to win the kite flying competition. But it was a fact that Amir was not good athletic and Hassan was the best Kite runner in the area. Hassan was the only hope for Amir and Hassan didn’t disappoint him. He caught the last kite for Amir. But in doing so Hassan had lost his dignity. “He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face…It was the look of the Lamb”(2013, p. 71)

Amir’s father was not happy with his son, as He was stronger than Amir. Amir got one chance to make his father proud and for that Amir had to win the kite flying competition. But it was a fact that Amir was not good athletic and Hassan was the best Kite runner in the area. Hassan was the only hope for Amir and Hassan didn’t disappoint him. He caught the last kite for Amir. But in doing so Hassan had lost his dignity. “He moved his head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face…It was the look of the Lamb”(2013, p. 71)

This is a heartbreaking episode in the novel. Then Amir did something very unkind towards Hassan to get rid of the guilt that he felt inside.

After the Russian invasion, Afghanistan lost its happy days and Amir had to leave his homeland. Amir went to the USA and he lived there with his father and started a new life.

Bibliography

Hosseini, K. (2013). The Kite Runner. India: Bloomsbury.

Written by Mr. Nabajyoti Rajbongshi

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