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Transcript of Loyalty/Betrayal
"Then end life when I [Lysander] end loyalty (Shakespeare, 2.2.69)!"
"He turned to me. A few sweat beads rolled from his bald scalp.
'Would I ever lie to you, Amir agha?'
Suddenly I decided to toy with him a little. 'I don't know. Would you?'
'I'd sooner eat dirt,' he said with a look of indignation (Hosseini, 57)."
"Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me (Psalms 41:9)."
By: Kiersten Waugh
The theme of Loyalty/Betrayal is present in...
The Kite Runner
This quotation relates to the theme of loyalty/betrayal because it proves that even your most loyal friends can betray you.
Through this quote, Lysander shows his loyalty to Hermia. He would rather die than end his loyalty to her.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
and The Kite Runner, some characters prove to be loyal while others betray the people who are most loyal to them.
"I stopped watching, turned away from the alley. Something warm was running down my wrist. I blinked, saw I was still biting down on my fist, hard enough to draw blood from the knuckles. I realized something else. I was weeping. From just around the corner, I could hear Assef's quick, rhythmic grunts.
I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan - the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past - and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run.
In the end, I ran (Hosseini, 82)."
"'You're a lucky Hazara,' Assef
said, taking a step toward
Hassan. 'Because today, it's
only going to cost you that
blue kite. A fair deal,
boys, isn't it?'
'More than fair,' Kamal said.
Even from where I was standing, I could see the fear creeping into Hassan's eyes, but he shook his head. 'Amir agha won the tournament and I ran this kite for him. I ran it fairly. This is his kite.'
'A loyal Hazara. Loyal as a dog,' Assef said (Hosseini, 77)."
Hassan proves his loyalty to Amir and admits that he would be willing to do anything for Amir. He would even eat dirt if Amir asked him to. That is a sign of true friendship and everlasting loyalty.
When Hassan was in trouble, instead of helping him, Amir decided to run away. Hassan always stood up for Amir and he would do anything for him. This was Amir's ultimate betrayal of the person who was most loyal to him.
This is yet another sign of Hassan's loyalty to Amir. Hassan was aware that if he didn't give Assef the kite that he would get hurt. Hassan did not give up the kite because it belonged to Amir, his best friend.
"They'd both been crying; I could tell from their red, puffed-up eyes. They stood before Baba, hand in hand, and I wondered how and when I'd become capable of causing this kind of pain.
Baba came right out and asked. 'Did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir's watch, Hassan?'
Hassan's reply was a single word, delivered in a thin, raspy voice: 'Yes' (Hosseini, 111)."
"I will go tell him of fair Hermia's flight (Shakespeare, 1.1.246)."
"Well, go thy way. Thou shalt not from this grove till I torment thee for this injury (Shakespeare, 2.1.146-147)."
"But even when he wasn't around, he was. He was there in the hand-washed and ironed clothes on the cane-seat chair, in the warm slippers left outside my door, in the wood already burning in the stove when I came down for breakfast. Everywhere I turned, I saw signs of his loyalty, his goddamn unwavering loyalty (Hosseini, 94)."
"As it turned out, Baba and I were more alike than I'd ever known. We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us. And with that came this realization: that Rahim Khan had summoned me here to atone not just for my sins but for Baba's too (Hosseini, 238)."
a thousand times over (Hosseini)."
Helena decides to betray her best friend, Hermia, so that she might have a chance at love. Hermia told Helena her secret plan, counting on her not to tell anyone. Helena knowingly betrays her so that she can get what she wants.
Oberon is mad at his wife, Titania, and decides to betray her and get revenge by making her fall in love with an ass. Titania has never been anything but loyal to Oberon. They had an argument and he decided to betray her meanwhile she did not.
This is Hassan's final sacrifice for Amir. Hassan knew that Amir had betrayed him yet he 'took another bullet' for him. Amir, once again, betrays his friend, causing him to move away and he will never see him again.
Amir is constantly reminded of his betrayal and cowardice by the signs of Hassan's loyalty.
This is probably the most well-known and powerful quote from this novel. It is used in the novel multiple times by different people. It is the sign of true loyalty. Hassan is the first one to use it. He shows his loyalty to Amir. Farid also uses it, showing his loyalty to Amir. At the end of the novel, Amir uses it to Hassan's son, Sohrab, showing his loyalty to him. Amir starts repaying Hassan for all the times he betrayed him by being completely loyal to Sohrab. Amir would now do anything for him.
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Acts of loyalty and betrayal are present throughout
A Midsummer Night's Dream
and The Kite Runner. It is common that the acts of betrayal are to the people who are most loyal to them. Loyalty comes from trust and once that trust is betrayed, you must earn back that loyalty.
The only similarity that Amir sees between his father and himself is that they both betrayed the people who were most loyal to them. Amir betrayed Hassan and Baba betrayed Ali. Baba never got the chance to "atone for his sins". There is still time for Amir to fix what he messed up.