"The Kite Runner" & "The Sirens of Baghdad": A Comparison Comparison Essay

"The Kite Runner" & "The Sirens of Baghdad": A Comparison
A comparison of Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" and Yasmina Khadra's "The Sirens of Baghdad".
# 119316 | 2,050 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2010 in English (Comparison) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper argues that "The Kite Runner" and "The Sirens of Baghdad" are connected by a contrast between the main characters of each novel. Amir in the "The Kite Runner" has misguided perceptions as a child that cause him to become a reprehensible person, but his later redemptive actions brought upon by guilt and low self appreciation prove to be praiseworthy, while the unnamed narrator of "The Sirens of Baghdad" learns slowly that there is more than one way to look at the world and that black and white are not the only two colors of the spectrum. The author analyzes both novels and concludes that although both main character's choose different life paths, they both come to the same realization that there is more than one way to look at life and that maintaining more than one view will bring about a beautiful world panorama.

From the Paper:

"Amir as a young boy was both selfish and cold, leaving the reader of his story with a definite desire to vomit, but manages to become a respectable albeit weak human being through the realization that he has a disfigured nature. These attitudes and inclinations that Amir had were the result of many different variables that were not completely within his control; however, many choices that he himself made did further along the development of his (lack of) character. The choices that send him on the downward spiral of moral rectitude resolve around the character of Hassan, the servant of his house and his sometime friend. An early incident gives a sense of foreshadowing to his future character. This moment comes as he reads a book to Hassan and Hassan asks what the word 'imbecile means': " 'Well, everyone in my school knows what it means,' I said. 'Let's see. "Imbecile." It means smart, intelligent. I'll use it in a sentence for you. "when it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile" " (Hosseini 29). Here, Amir cruelly manipulates the uneducated Hassan in the search for sick joy and the need to be above another human being. Although this is a rotten trick that Amir performs on Hassan, it is not even comparable to the wicked and disgusting act that solidifies the grotesque ways of his heart. When Amir watches as the sociopathic Assef rapes Hassan without uttering a sound, he has "one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be" (Hosseini 77). Instead of helping his friend, or even searching out help, he turns and runs. Although this action is definitely cowardly, it is far worse than that. In actuality, he "aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba" (Hosseini 77). He ran away and remained silent about his refusal to act in Hassan's defense so that he could secure his father's pride. Amir's perception of his world and what had to be done were completely skewed, much like Judas as he betrayed Jesus. In the warped childhood, Amir lost his soul to gain the whole world (Mark 8:36). Amir was blinded by his selfishness and was left, from this moment, to stumble from one uncertain action to the next. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks), 2004. Print.
  • Khadra, Yasmina, and John Cullen. The Sirens of Baghdad. Nan A. Talese, 2007. Print.

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