Circularity In The Kite Runner

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Sometimes life brings you full circle to a place that you have been before just to show how much you have grown. In stories, there are connecting pieces that intertwine the lives of the many characters involved, and the things they face bring similarities throughout the course of the book. In the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini uses the idea of circularity between the main characters and symbols that emerge at the beginning and the end of the story to construct a wholeness in his writing. First, the personality of Hassan at the start of the book circulated to his son, Sohrab, towards the end of the novel and is shown through their actions. During Amir’s childhood, he encountered Assef, a sociopath of the same age, who planned to hurt him for enjoyment. Hassan, being a faithful friend of Amir’s, defended him by threatening Assef with his slingshot that he always carried with him, saying, “If you make a move, they’ll have to change your nickname from Assef ‘the Ear Eater’ to ‘One Eyed-Assef’ because I have this rock pointed at your left eye” (Hosseini, 2003, p. 42). Hassan, being a Hazara and not from a rich family, risked his life to protect Amir from being hurt by Assef. This shows his devotion to the main character, and that his character values what is the right thing to do. As the story progressed, Hassan had a son before his death, whom he named Sohrab. Sohrab was taken from his orphanage by Assef, but was found by Amir so that Amir could take him back to Pakistan. Amir merely …show more content…
The character of Hassan was connected to Sohrab and Amir through their actions and the things they endured. The symbol of kites was brought up prominently at the beginning and end of the book. This story is the perfect example of how lives of different people connect themselves in the most remarkable