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Can the legend of The Thorn Birds be applied to The Kite Runner?

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Colleen McCullough’s book The Thorn Birds starts out with this passage:

There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth… singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale… For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.

In some ways, this can be applied to Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner , where Hassan impales himself figuratively when he takes the blame for Amir’s actions. While Hassan almost always takes the blame for Amir’s actions, usually the situation reflects small pranks that many children pull. For instance, when the two boys climb a tree and shine a light in a neighbor’s windows, it is a...

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