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Loyalty and Betrayal in The Kite Runner

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Kelvin Slattery

on 24 July 2014

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Transcript of Loyalty and Betrayal in The Kite Runner

A Midsummer Night's Dream:
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
The theme betrayal in Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream
is directly proven with these quotations.

In the first quotation, Helena, Hermia's lifelong friend, is betraying Hermia by telling Demetrius about their secret wedding outside of Athens law.

In the second quotation, Helena is furious at Hermia, assuming she had betrayed her, in her attempt to hid her past betrayal. Ironically, Hermia had nothing to do with the love juice incident.

The quotations in the text further proves the betrayal of characters, and enhances the interest of the story.
Video of Kite running when Amir and Hassan were children. Hassan is loyal to his friend saying if asked, he will eat dirt for him.
Picture of Amir reading a letter from Hassan.
This moment developed Amir's understanding of his father's lies. Hassan is his half brother.
What Do They Mean?
Loyalty -
In Brief
Scene with Helena (left) and Hermia (right).
Hermia is disgusted with Helena's betrayal. Helena put their friendship on the line so that she could find her own love with Demetrius.
This is a multi-media slideshow presentation that will identify and explain the loyalty and betrayal found in both texts.

There are 8 quotes in total, 4 for A Midsummer Night's Dream and 4 for The Kite Runner.

All quotations relate to and prove the main theme: Loyalty and Betrayal

Betrayal -
the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.

Example: Loyalty to our country is the Prime Minister's duty
to be unfaithful in guarding, maintaining, or fulfilling

Example: To Betray one's friend
The quotations found in Khaled Hosseini's
The Kite Runner
display the theme of loyalty found in both texts.

In the first quotation, Hassan and Amir are talking after winning a kite fighting tournament. Hassan shows his loyalty to his friend Amir by saying he would eat dirt for him if he asked.

In the second quotation, Hassan shows his loyalty to Amir by returning his blue and white kite after being raped and beaten. Without struggling, Hassan takes both the rape and beating of Assef to win back possession of the kite.

Hassan's loyalty to his friend Amir further developed the plot of the story.
The Quotes express betrayal throughout the book, relating it to the theme.

In the first quotation, Amir is thinking to himself after Hassan has been raped. He betrayed his friend Hassan by not trying to help save him, even after all that he has done for him. He fears Hassan saw him hiding.

In the second quotation, Amir realized that Baba has kept a secret from him. Baba betrayed Amir as a father because he lied to him all his life that Hassan is his half brother and stole someone's wife, which he always have said is a sin.

The quotations shows betrayal in the text, which plays a significant role in the storyboard.
Picture of Lysander (left) and his love Hermia (right) in the enchanted forest.
Shows Lysander's vow to loyalty with Hermia
Introduction / Preface:
Where Are They In The Text?
Loyalty is in both works because characters like Lysander and Hassan stay a companion to their friends out of pure respect. They stick together with them though the good and bad times without doubting their friendship.

Betrayal is in both works because characters like Helena and Amir talk against their friends and do something to hurt them for their own benefit.


"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)

“Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach” (Timothy 3:2)

In both A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Kite Runner, Loyalty and Betrayal plays a significant role to the storyboard.
The Kite Runner:
The Kite Runner:
The quotations I chose show different forms of Loyalty and Betrayal in both texts. The quotes range in length, description and are in different parts of both texts. They demonstrate a variety of emotions so that readers can understand Loyalty and Betrayal in the text.

Pictures, music, videos, layout and design elements helped illustrate Loyalty and Betrayal. The textual example allow the reader to piece together how each text includes this theme, and understand the thesis. Pictures and other visual elements give readers a creative visual example of the theme and see the emotions involved with the theme. The music added to the presentation prepares your thoughts in the beginning and explodes with melody to enhance the readers thoughts on the theme. Design elements such as transitions, animations, colours and shapes add more creativity to thoughts and help get the meaning behind loyalty vs betrayal.

Looking at the themes in both of these texts, I have noticed how much they relate to life experiences. The loyalty quotations give me an example of how to act as a loyal person to my neighbours. Loyalty in relationships are involved in everything we do and say to one another. Related to the Kite Runner, through character interaction, we are shown how Amir’s betrayal can lead to a life of regret. In A Midsummer’s Night Dream, we see how betrayal to one’s word can love as in Helena’s betrayal to her best friend Hermia.
"I'll put a girdle round the earth in forty minutes,"

Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 547-548

“Amen, amen to that fair prayer, say I. And then end life when I end loyalty!”

Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 716-717
“ I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight: Then to the wood will he to-morrow night”

Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 257-258

“Lo, she is one of this confederacy! Now I perceive they have conjoin'd all three to fashion this false sport, in spite of me.”

Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 1232- 1234
“’If you asked, I would,’ he finally said, looking right at me. I dropped my eyes. To this day, I find it hard to gaze directly at people like Hassan, people who mean every word they say.”

Chapter 6, Page 54

“He stopped. Swayed on his feet like he was going to collapse. Then he steadied himself. Handed me the kite.”

Chapter 7, Page 78

“Did he know I knew? And if he knew, then what would I see if I did look in his eyes? Blame? Indignation? Or, God forbid, what I feared most: guileless devotion? That, most of all, I couldn't bear to see.”

Chapter 7, Page 69

“And now, fifteen years after I'd buried him, I was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the things he'd stolen had been sacred: from me the right to know I had a brother, from Hassan his identity, and from Ali his honor. His nang. His namoos.”

Chapter 18, Page 237

The Quotes directly relate to the theme because they show different forms of loyalty in the play.

In the first quotation, Puck the fairy is showing his loyalty to his master Oberon by saying he will circle around the earth looking for the flower.

In the second quotation, Lysander who is in love with Hermia, tells her he will be loyal for as long as he lives.

Both characters are expressing their loyalty to another character, which creates an important role in the storyboard
Loyalty and Betrayal:
Kelvin Slattery

Major Works:

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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