Deception and Identity: Unmasking the Personas of the Main Characters in The Kite Runner


  • Seema Rehman Higher Education Department


Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner (2003) offers multiple symbolic interpretations for readers. This study aims to explore the internal conflicts experienced by the characters, with a particular focus on how characters like Amir create a facade to conceal their hidden desires, also known as their shadow. It examines the idea that individuals often suppress their internal weaknesses and present a brighter external image. This research aims to bridge the gap between public actions and private proclamations, known as the persona. The findings of the study reveal a contradiction between the virtues the characters project and their actual behaviors, which are driven by guilt, self-preservation, and societal pressures. The study also delves into the archetypes present in the story, such as the "loyal companion" represented by Hassan and the embodiment of evil portrayed by Assef. These archetypes reflect the internal struggles within war-torn Afghan society. Finally, the analysis presents Amir's journey of redemption as a metaphor for the potential healing of society as a whole. In this context, it becomes clear that confronting one's past actions, or shadow, is crucial for both personal and collective transformation.