The Kite Runner – Theme Assignment Jaymie Fehr Theme of Loyalty: One shall be loyal and devoted to one’s friends, especially if one faces hardships. One major theme would be loyalty and devotion. This is especially true in the relationship between Amir and Hassan. Despite the fact that Hassan is actually Amir’s half-brother, he is his servant, because no one but Baba and Ali know the truth. Even though Hassan is the victim of discrimination and class structure, he is completely devoted and loyal to Amir, both as his servant and as his friend.
It takes Amir many years to atone for how terribly he treated the loyalty and love that Hassan always offered no matter what the circumstances. “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice. ” – Woodrow T. Wilson -Hassan, from The Kite Runner is completely loyal to Amir and shows his loyalty for Amir when Assef bullies him. Hassan stands up to Assef and risks getting hurt or beat up just to protect Amir. Hassan “self-sacrifices” himself for his best friend.
I think that this is important for everyone to do because being there for you friends in a time of need, is one of the best things anyone can do for their friends. I am always there for my friends. And whenever they are in trouble, or if someone is bothering them, I stand up to the person that is bringing them down and “self-sacrifice” myself for my best friend. “Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living. ” – Josiah Royce -When Amir was a child, he had his best friend Hassan. They would do almost everything together.
They would fly kites, tell stories, and do whatever made them happy, as children. They were also at peace (until the incident). But as the quote states, you must have loyalty to have a true, peaceful friendship. And that’s what they had. It is very important to consider this in our everyday lives. In order to have loyalty or give loyalty, there must be peace. “You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day. ” – Jeffrey Gitomer -Amir and Hassan grew up with each other. They had their entire childhood to develop the loyalty that they obtained.
Because of this, their friendship and bond was enormous. Amir and Hassan may not have given each other their loyalty on day one, but slowly gave their trust to each other and in addition, gained loyalty. Every day, there are events that may happen in someone’s life that may set them back, or make someone close up. Someone that has been there for most of your life, someone that has given you true loyalty, is the person you want to be with, or surround yourself with when you are down. This is because you know that they will be there for you, since they have given you his/her loyalty.
Theme of Friendship: Sometimes friendship can overpower the thoughts and morals of a society. There are two major relationships in The Kite Runner. One is between Amir and his father. Baba and Amir never seem to connect like a father and son should, especially in Afghanistan. The other is between the Amir and his best friend, Hassan. Because Amir’s best friend is also his servant, and a member of the discriminated ethnic minority, the novel presents a relationship that is fairly complex. “Friendship… is not something you learn in school.
But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ” – Muhammad Ali -Amir and Hassan have a very strong and true friendship. But Amir does not learn this until Hassan is gone. Amir learned that what he did to Hassan, his best friend, was wrong. He also learned how much Hassan really meant to him and that their friendship was a lot more than the two ethic groups that initially broke them up. Having friendships are very important in life. Having a friendship is both resentful as well as rewarding.
Friendships may be hard in the beginning, through the fights and disagreements, but if a friendship is true, it will last through the fights. Friendships are important in everyday life because you will always need someone to be there for you through your troubles and through the great times. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. ” – Jim Morrison – Hassan loved it when Amir read him stories. Hassan is not ashamed that he cannot read, especially when he is around Amir. Amir and Hassan also love to fly kites with each other.
They are not afraid of being themselves around each other, even knowing the fact that Hassan is a Hazara, like friends should. Appearance and ethnicity are two things that society has shaken around for the world. If you do not look a certain way, or act a certain way, you are not “cool” or should not be accepted. True friends should be the complete opposite: not only accepting you for the way you look, but also the way you act. “Some fathers and sons don’t get along that well when they’re younger because they can’t find a way to reach each other, …
A father loves you dearly but you don’t see it and so you’re always trying to please your father, but your father doesn’t let you know how he feels, which is, you don’t have to please him because he already loves you. ” – Braylon Edwards -Amir’s relationship with his father is complicated. Amir feels as though his father does not accept him, or appreciate him for the way he is. He also feels that his father hates him since his mother died while giving birth to him and that it’s his fault she died. But what Amir doesn’t realize until they move to America, is that his father really does love him, and is very proud of him.
Amir wanted to become a writer his entire life. His father, while back in Afghanistan, did not like this idea. But when Amir graduated from college, Amir’s father was bragging about his son graduating. Having a relationship with a father figure can be the best relationship and friendship anyone could ever have. But finding the connection may be difficult. People always worry about pleasing their father figure, even though the father figure does not need to be pleased. He will love that person anyways.