Reading a life with a brother and Baba

Reading literature is critical as it imparts many life lessons. In the novel “The Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini uses the events in the story very skillfully to distill life lessons to his readers. An important thing that this novel teaches us is that you should always speak up if you did something wrong, staying quiet or continuing lying about it would only make you feel worse and would make the people around you detest you, even more, when they find out. “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.” (Hosseini, 18) The readers see this happen to Amir when he finds out that Hassan was his stepbrother and that Baba had betrayed Ali by sleeping with Sanubar. Furthermore, Amir is furious because when he learns about this both Baba and Hassan are dead. Baba by not telling him stole from Amir a life with a brother and Baba refused himself a life with another son just because he was afraid of what the society might think of him. Readers also learn that children are people of themselves and have characteristics different from their parents and, that is okay. The readers learn early on in the novel that Baba was not proud of Amir because he liked reading books and writing stories, he was not violent and could not defend himself against the bullies and he would cry upon seeing something sad, like when a horsemen fell off his horse while playing polo and was trampled by the other horses. Baba expected his son to be like him, a strong, brave man, a man that fought bears. Baba tells Rahim Khan that “I wasn’t like that.” (Hosseini, 23) To which Rahim Khan says something very befitting, “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” (Hosseini, 23) By this, he means that children are different from their parents and they should be allowed and they should be respected for the things they admire and find interesting. The readers see that when Baba approve of Amir studying English in university, he indeed does become a successful writer. Throughout the novel there is constant mention of warfare and violence in Afghanistan, might that be when the Soviets came, or under the Northern Alliance or when the Taliban took control of Kabul. Knowing how difficult life is with war going on in your country it makes the readers realise how fortunate they are to be in a country where there is law and order, there is justice; women do not get hit for speaking too loud in public as Farzana did, and people do not get killed for being an ethnic minority or following a different religion than the state religion. By reading such literature, readers learn many invaluable life lessons that help them throughout their life.

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