The Kite Runner

The Balance of Dying: Complex Approaches to Mortality in The Kite Runner 12th Grade

There is a considerable difference between being dead, and dying. Everyone is dying, some people die for ninety years, others for three. Death cannot be escaped. Although, with this mindset, a question is sparked-is anyone truly living? Humans are born into this world with a blank slate and an infinite number of pages to fill; the sole purpose being to live fully and completely within this notebook. People are meant to live each second to its fullest potential, basking in the expanse of the world without hesitation. Terrified of missing a second in an entity of time, the main goal is to preserve in whatever means necessary, spending as much time as we have surrounded by friends and loved ones. If we think on this behavior for a moment, all of this is a drive someone feels when they are given an expiration date. So, it appears as if living and dying are two contrasting words with the same meaning. It is Khaled Hosseini (born in Kabul Afghanistan) whom most effectively argues death is not what is important, but rather the pages beforehand. In The Kite Runner, an exuberant novel written in 2003, Hosseini uses personal references, and knowledge of the Soviet invasion in his home country to stretch classic ideals of living and...

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