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How and where did the book show that it has betrayal as the main theme?

The Kite Runner is about friendship to betrayal, through out the book. It first shows how Amir betrayed Hassan, then Amir betrayed his own father, and through out the book, Baba betrayed Ali, Amir, Hassan, Rahim Khan, and his own wife, having sex with his own servantÐŽ¦s wife, Sanaubr

Amir, the son of Baba, is keen in kite running. As he grew up with the house servantÐŽ¦s son, Hassan, they were very close to each other. They played with each other, spent time together reading stories, and most importantly, Hassan treated Amir as a friend, a friend that he is so loyal to that he would protect him by all means, even if he had a slingshot in his hand only. A slingshot, something thatÐŽ¦s not very destructive, and wouldnÐŽ¦t do much good to the situation usually, but he did. Hassan protected Amir from Assef, just with a slingshot. He stood up against Assef, a boy whoÐŽ¦s much older, and stronger than him, and said ÐŽ§Please leave us alone, Agha.ЎЁ( page39 ) twice, even after AssefÐŽ¦s threatening, he still stood there, between Assef and Amir, protecting him with his slingshot. But, Amir still betrayed him. There was this inter-village kite running contest. Amir and Hassan was a team, and the made it to the top. In the end, Hassan went off to run the last kite Amir defeated, but was cornered by Assef and his 2 followers, Kamal and Wali. They felt humiliated last time when Hassan stood up against him, and want to take the last kite from him. But Hassan refused to surrender and made a stand. He fought against them, and saved the kite. Although the kite was broken, still, he still managed to give the kite back to Amir. As for Amir, he was there, he saw how Hassan got beaten up, but he betrayed him, he didnÐŽ¦t even say a word when he saw it happened, and just watched him got bullied and got knocked to the ground. Amir was partly too scared, but he still didnÐŽ¦t say a word afterwards to show how sorry he is. And so, Amir betrayed Hassan, his best friend, and one and only brother.

Moreover, Baba is AmirÐŽ¦s father. Amir knew that, but when Baba stood up against the Russian soldier, he even prayed that Baba would just sit down, instead of standing up with him, supporting him, but he didnÐŽ¦t. He saw that the Russian soldier was going to shoot his own father, but he still didnÐŽ¦t do anything about it, and just sat there, trying to get himself out of the incident. He had this kind of experience before, but he still repeated his mistake.



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