Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini explores complicated issues. For instance, the book’s characters Amir and Hassan fell into a disturbing situation that creates tension while reading. Amir was the protagonist and the narrator, an Afghan male who was affected by the betrayal of his friend Hassan. Hassan was a kid and an intelligent servant; he and Amir turned out to be brothers, “nursed by the same woman” (Hosseini 234). Chapter 7 reveals the conflict between the two men, and it is essential to explore it to understand the topic of betrayal.
Amir saw multiple dreams connected with his childhood and Hassan in the chapter. In one of the dreams, Hassan saved Amir from a snowstorm; then, the males observed colorful kites, and they were immersed in recklessness. Indeed, in this part, Amir betrays Hassan by forcing his rape. Amir multiple times prompted Hassan’s rape and saw him as a “lamb” (Hosseini 63). Moreover, Amir tried to justify his action by saying: “He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini 64). Therefore, Amir’s choice was connected to the theme of betrayal of the best friend by letting rape happen. Hassan pretended that nothing had happened, although he was bleeding. Moreover, Amir was not ready to sacrifice his ego and pride and forced Hassan out of the house even though he committed a terrible action.
The choices of these heroes affected their lives differently. After Hassan’s rape, Amir realized his horrible deed and changed his behavior for the better. His character changed from egotistical to loyal, and he strived to bring joy to people. Hassan accepted his faith – his loyalty to Amir made him suffer in the act of rape. Amir’s choice was a betrayal of Hassan, while Hassan seemed to betray himself by letting Amir treat him that way.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. 1st ed., Riverhead Books, 2013.