Irony In The Kite Runner

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In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, we learn many lessons. Hosseini develops characters and engages the reader in cultural events. Amir and Hassan share many attributes, including a lip scar. Amir is constantly afraid of not living up to his father’s expectations and becomes the very person his father was afraid of. Baba provides many opportunities for Amir to learn throughout the book. Overall, the author uses irony in The Kite Runner to express character’s missteps and character’s true morals.
First, Hassan and Amir’s lip scars show their deeper connection and Amir’s growth as an individual. In the story, bother Hassan and Amir end up with lip scars. Hassan was born with a cleft lip and that symbolizes his lower-class family. Baba provides a surgery for Hassan and Hassan is left with a scar. Amir receives his scar after being beaten by Assef. “‘The worst laceration was on your upper lip,’ Armand said. ‘The impact had cut your upper lip in two, clean down the middle. But not to worry, the plastic guys sewed it back together and they think you will have an excellent result, though there will be a scar. That is unavoidable.’” (Hosseini 297)
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We see Baba’s real values at the end of the book and learn that actions speak louder than words. Amir and Hassan have a symbolized connection with their lip scars. Amir becomes the very person Baba was afraid he would become. Baba does exactly what he preached to Amir not to do. Irony plays a large role in displaying implicit learning moments. Amir and Hassan’s memories of the good days outlast their tough separation and Amir comes out a stronger person at the end. "It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place" (Hosseni 211). Irony helps us to learn more about the characters and achieve a better understanding of the story. As Hassan said to Amir, and Amir said to Sohrab, “For you, a thousand times over.” (Hosseini