Bullying and The Kite Runner

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I wrote this for my speech in English. We needed to show an understanding of a topic from at least two perspectives and the topic had to come from a text we had studied this year.

Submitted: August 12, 2013

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Unfortunately, one of the few things that I have learnt from school is that bullying is everywhere. It’s in The Kite Runner and in real life. Bullying is in our lives. Yes, I know, I have actually learnt something at school. This may come as a shock to you, but I'm afraid you will have to bare with me.

In The Kite Runner, there are three types of bullying; verbal, physical and social. Outside the book, there is a fourth type, cyber, which is a relatively new type of bullying. I have seen the effects of these four types and I'm sure all of you would have seen what bullying can do to people. But why do people bully? Anyone can be a victim of bullying. I was. 

Bullies are aggressive, domineering and more often than not, they have been a victim themselves. They know what it is like to feel so much pain. To feel hurt, humiliated, scared, confused and isolated. Am I ringing any bells yet? How about anger? You think, why are they doing this? Why me!? What did I ever do to them? Maybe you didn't do anything to them. Maybe they feel so much anger that they think maybe they could take their anger out on you. They choose to hide their insecurities and to make others feel bad so they can feel good. It doesn't make them feel good though. It just adds more emotions. Regret, sadness and even more anger. Bullies want to feel in control of a situation so they intimidate people to make sure things stay the way they want it to be. 

To those of you who have been a bystander, please don't tell yourself that you can’t help. Because you can. You think, who cares right? It’s not our problem, right? Wrong. Bullying is everyone’s problem. In one way or another, we have all been affected by bullying. Maybe you were the bully, the person being bullied, a bystander, or you may simply know a person who is being bullied. 


In The Kite Runner, Amir bullies Hassan because he is jealous of the way that Baba treats Hassan. Amir hears Baba talking about him to Rahim Khan and what Baba says gives Amir the impression that Baba doesn't love Amir, he loves Hassan. In the kite flying competition, Amir is determined to beat Baba’s record number of kites that he has cut down. Amir desperately wants Baba’s approval and to get that, Amir has to impress Baba. Amir wins the competition and Hassan promises to run for the last kite that Amir cut. As Hassan is running away he says” For you a thousand times over” Hassan catches the kite but is cornered in an alleyway by the local bully, Assef, and his friends. Assef tells Hassan that if he hands over the kite, they will leave Hassan alone. 

Assef tries to make Hassan feel intimidated and worthless so that Hassan would give them the kite. But because Hassan is very loyal to Amir, he refuses to hand over the kite. Assef then attacks Hassan. Amir is a bystander, he does nothing to help for fear of his own safety and social standing for a Hazara. Amir is too young to know how to deal with what has happened. As is often the case, the victim is blamed. Amir hates Hassan for letting himself be defiled. 

A lot of the time, the bystander can stop something like this from happening. You can stop the bad emotions and instead replace those with good emotions. You feel happy, relieved, strong and thankful. Do not let anyone tell you who you are or what you look like. You are strong, clever, beautiful and brave. You are you. Never ever let yourself believe any differently. 

The next time you see someone being bullied, please do something about it. Trust me, you will feel better for it. “There is a way to be good again.” 


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