For centuries people have been forced to leave their home countries, whether it is due to war, oppressive governments, or a chance at a better life. To many, exile is a terrible experience, leaving behind memories of a childhood that will never be forgotten. Often enough, many embrace this land, with its many opportunities and learn to make it their home. In The Kite Runner, Amir and his Father embark on a journey to the United States to escape the Soviet Union invasion. This move takes them from living in an extravagant mansion, to a rundown apartment with minimum wage jobs, but strengthens their relationship bringing them closer than ever before. The most memorable quote in the book is, “For you, a thousand times over” (Hosseini, 67). This basically means that that the person would be glad to do whatever he's done a thousand times again, for you.
Amir, a well-to-do Pashtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara and the son of Amir's father's servant, Ali, spend their days in a peaceful Kabul, kite fighting, roaming the streets and being boys. Amir’s father, who is generally referred to as Baba, "daddy", throughout the book, loves both the boys, but seems critical of Amir for not being manly enough. Amir also fears his father; his father blames him for his mother’s death during childbirth. However, he has a kind father figure in the form of Rahim Khan, Baba’s friend, who understands Amir better, and is supportive of his interest in writing stories.
Assef, a notoriously mean and violent older boy with sadistic tendencies, he blames Amir for socializing with a Hazara, according to Assef, an inferior race that should only live in Hazarajat. He prepares to attack Amir with his steel knuckles, but Hassan bravely stands up to him, threatening to shoot Assef in the eye with his slingshot. Assef and his henchmen back off, but Assef says he will take revenge.
Hassan is a successful "kite runner" for Amir, knowing where the kite will land without even watching it. One...