The Kite Runner How Does Hosseini Create The Character Of Hassan?

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Write about the ways in which two of the writers you have studied create their characters

Firstly, Hosseini uses imagery of Hassan’s physical form in The Kite Runner, to portray the diversity of culture and religion in Afghanistan. In this light the form of the novel could be interpreted as one that explores the social conditions in Afghanistan. Hosseini describes how Hassan is deformed by being ‘hare lipped’ and having a ‘cleft lip…where the Chinese doll maker’s instrument may have slipped.’ The metaphor of Hosseini suggesting that Hassan was hand sculptured by a ‘Chinese doll maker’ makes the reader see Hassan as being unrealistic and too perfect to be a member of this corrupt society. ...view middle of the document...

In the opening, Amir recalls that he has Hassan’s voice in his head saying ‘for you, a thousand times over.’ The hyperbole of Hassan being willing to do anything for ‘a thousand times’ exaggerates that Hassan will do absolutely anything for Amir and is perfect, this could also support that the form of the novel is about friendships, as the hyperbole seems very childlike and reflects that Hassan is extremely naïve and innocent and needs protection like Afghanistan which needs soldiers to defend the country from the Taliban ruling.
Hassan’s beauty of not judging Amir and not seeing class divisions in society could be symbolic of Afghanistan and the perfect country that it maybe was and could be if the invading forces hadn’t have raped and violated the country.

Furthermore, Hosseini presents the pure character of Hassan by maintaining his voice through the motif of the twin kites at the beginning and the end of the novel. In this light the form of the novel may be interpreted as one that explores the importance of close childhood friendships to overcome difficulties arising in life. In the opening Hosseini uses figurative language to refer...

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