How is The Kite Runner similar to The Thorn Birds?

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Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner and Colleen McCullough’s novel The Thorn Birds don’t at first seem to have much in common. Hosseini’s book takes place in Kabul, while McCullough’s occurs in Australia. However, upon closer inspection, there is one primary similarity, and that is one of boundary transgression. The character Amir, a Pashtun, in The Kite Runner, is friends and flies kites with Hassan, a Hazara. According to society, these two should not socialize with one another. Because of an incident between Hassan and Assef, Amir distances himself from Hassan. Likewise, in The Thorn Birds, Meggie finds herself falling in love with a priest, a forbidden boundary issue that complicates the plot of the story. After much conflict, Meggie acknowledges that the boundary cannot be crossed and realizes that she must marry someone she does not want to, Luke O’Neil, because she is unable to marry Ralph de Bricassart, the priest.

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