The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells a story about two boys, Amir, a Pashtun boy and a son of a wealthy business man and Hussan, a young Hazara boy that was his servant but more importantly his best friend. In their homeland of Kabul Afghanistan they face many challenges that test their friendship and loyalty to one another. Although Amir tries to put his memories of his cowardly actions of his childhood in the back of his head he can never escape it.
Amir finally has the opportunity for redemption when Rahim calls him to come back to Kabul and says “There is a way to be good again.”(2) Rahim, Amir’s family friend tells him and makes him realize that he has the opportunity to redeem himself from when he was younger. He has that thought in his mind of how he can redeem himself for being a coward when he was younger and fill a void of helplessness.
He is hesitant at first because he didn’t know that Hassan was actually his brother and that the boy he needs to rescue was Hassan’s son. To make up for his childhood, he sets out to rescue his nephew Sarab from the harsh hardships of the Taliban ran city of Kabul. Amir and Hassan share a strong bond of friendship and loyalty towards one another that it shapes them to who they will become as adults.
Their childhood starts off in Amir house where “the poplar trees lines the redbrick driveway, which led to a part of wrought-iron gates.
They in turn opened onto and extension of the driveway into my father’s estate. The house sat on the left of the brick path, the backyard at the end of it.” (4) this is where the two kids would spend most of their childhood playing and hanging out. Amir and his father had one of the nicest houses in Kubal because of the man that he was. Although Amir was Pashtun and Hassan was a Hazara and everyone looked at the Hazara people at inferior Amir didn’t see it like that because they were kids.