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Another theme would be loyalty and devotion. This is especially evident in the relationship between Amir and Hassan. Despite the fact that Hassan is actually Amirís half-brother, he is his servant, because no one but Baba and Ali know the truth. Nonetheless, even though Hassan is the victim of discrimination and class structure, he is completely devoted and loyal to Amir, both as his servant and as his friend. It takes Amir many years to atone for how terribly he treated the loyalty and love that Hassan always offered no matter what the circumstances.
A final theme involves discrimination, bigotry, and class structure in Afghan society. Hassan and Ali are members of the Hazaras, a minority group of Afghanis who follow Islamic beliefs called Shiía. Amir and his father are Pashtuns, the majority, who believe they are from a better class than the Hazara and who follow the Sunni sect of Islam. Because of this bigotry and basic class structure, it is very difficult for anyone to marry into another class and the Hazaras are often victims of physical, emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of Pashtuns. This is partly why Amir does not come to Hassanís rescue when he is attacked by Assef.
The theme of rape is another one of significance, because it occurs symbolically and literally. Hassan and Sohrab are both raped by Assef, while Kamal who pariticpated in Hassanís rape is later raped when the country disintegrates into civil war. Rape also is a descriptive term for what the civil war and later the Taliban does to Afghanistan. It is also a significant term in describing what the experiences he faced do to Sohrabís mind and spirit. This rape leads to his suicide attempt.
The rising action begins with the telephone call from Rahim Khan asking Amir to return to Afghanistan to rescue Sohrab. It then progresses through Amirís flashback to his childhood and ends at the climax when he finally defeats the villain, Assef, with the help of Sohrab and his slingshot.
After Assef is defeated, Amir must find a way to get him into the United States. He betrays Sohrab by asking him to go into an orphanage temporarily and Sohrab then tries to commit suicide. Amir rescues him again and then with help of his Uncle Sharif, obtains a humanitarian visa for Sohrab. Nonetheless, Sohrab finds it impossible to face life for awhile. It is only when Amir flies a kite with him that he begins to smile again and the future finally looks bright.
It is written in first person point of view and narrated by Amir.
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