The Strongest Theme In the Kite Runner is Loyalty.
Loyalty is behind the passions of all the main characters in this story. Loyalty is constantly driving our characters actions or shaming them for their inaction. It is rooted in all major relationships pulling the story along. The loyalty of Ali to Baba, Baba to Hassan, Hassan to Amir and finally the most dynamic form of loyalty is played out by Amir’s relationship with Hassan.
Ali growing up on the same land as Baba, his family had served Baba’s as he and Hassan do in the beginning of the story. Baba growing up with Ali in his home in a submissive position he allotted Baba with the sense of loyalty he had for him. In Return Baba took Ali into his home to remain part of his life. When Baba asked Ali to father Hassan it was the biggest test of Ali’s loyalty. Ali not only fathered Hassan with pride he truly raised him as his own and kept Baba’s secret. When Ali chose to move with Hassan after the watch incident, I believe this was the strongest fabrication of his loyalty. He put Hassan’s well being before Baba’s wants and by doing so acted as a father before a friend, the father Baba asked him to be long ago.
Hassan was of the blood of Baba and although he put his social standing before the loyalty of a father to a son, he spent his time around Hassan attempting to make up for it. Although Hassan had housework to do Baba always included him in time spent with Amir and often reminded Amir that “We treat Ali and Hassan like family, Ali has been in my family forever”. Baba praised Hassan often and through their interactions showed him much love. The loyalty Baba had for his son drew him to desperation when Ali left with Hassan, Baba had begged and resorted to commanding Ali, which he had not done in the past. Baba’s did not act strongly enough to revert the mistakes he had made with Hassan and his lack of loyalty to his son, I believe, it turned in his heart until the day he pasted.
From opening of the book...