The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini looks at the theme of identity, which is analyzed from different perspectives.

First, the theme can be seen in the ongoing conflict between the Pashtun and the Hazara. From the moment he reads about the Hazara being persecuted and oppressed by the Pashtun, Amir realizes that the two ethnic identities mean he and Hassan can never be equal. On the same note, the religious differences between Shi’a Muslims and Sunni Muslims add to the distance between Amir and Hassan: 

The book said that my people had killed the Hazaras, driven them from their lands, burned their homes, and sold their women. The book said part of the reason Pashtuns had oppressed the Hazaras was that Pashtuns were Sunni Muslims, while Hazaras were Shi’a. (83%)

Secondly, the theme is illustrated by Baba and by his inability to adjust to life in the United States. When he moves to the US with Amir, Baba is forced to give up his social status and the reputation of being one of the most influential businessmen in Kabul. Taken out of his natural environment, Baba feels that he loses his Afghan identity and sees America as a place where he can mourn his past. 

Despite Amir’s efforts to make the transition...

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