The Kite Runner Themes

The Kite Runner key themes:

  • In The Kite Runner, Amir seeks to forge his identity following his failure to protect his friend. He sets out on a spiritual quest to uncover his family’s past.

  • Family ties define the characters in this novel. Baba and General Taheri expect obedience and loyalty from their children while Amir and Soraya try to create a family of their own.

  • The importance of heritage is reflected in Amir’s connection to the immigrant community in San Francisco. Amir eventually returns to Afghanistan and revives his belief in Islam.

  • Amir and Baba represent different experiences of assimilation. While Baba struggles to adjust to his lowly social status in the United States, Amir sees his new country as a source of potential.

  • Discrimination and abuse of power are apparent in the violence and social unrest caused by the Taliban. The Kite Runner portrays the discrimination and abuse created by those in power.


Identity and Self-Discovery

Throughout the novel, the protagonist struggles to find his true purpose and to forge...

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