Response to Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”


You see the jealousy that Amir has toward his father’s attention for Hassan. It seems at times during the story that Amir’s father, Baba, favors Hassan and Amir is envious and jealous of this relationship. It gets worse when Amir overhears his father’s complaining about him. Hassan always seems to be content and would do anything for Amir. I feel sorry for Hassan, it is like his life is one big lie, and he is deceived by the very person to whom he is loyal.

Hassan is not a stupid as Amir thinks he is; I think that Hassan is a pretty smart kid. When Amir was faking reading the story to him, Hassan knew, but instead of getting mad, he enjoyed the fable and told Amir it was the best story he ever told him. These encourage dAmir and he started writing he first story. It is sad that Amir really considers Hassan a friend, Hassan’s demonstrates strong character when he stands up to the neighborhood bully, and his is courageous to defend Amir. The dedication and loyalty that Hassan demonstrates toward Amir is unmatched by Amir.

It is refreshing to see that a man of Baba’s standing shows Hassan compassion by giving Hassan the greatest birthday present he ever received: paying for a operation to repair his harelip. It is also somewhat sad for Amir, that his father does not show the same compassion for him as he does Hassan. The sincerity and integrity that Hassan has for his friend is unmet by Amir. Amir does not internalize the same feelings that Hassan has for him.

Works Cited

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York, New York: Berkley Publishing Group, 2003


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