THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURE AND HUMAN PSYCHE IN THE KITE RUNNER

Abstract

Author(s): Fatma KALPAKLI

In Khaled Hosseini’s the Kite Runner, we as readers witness many stages of the Afghan history. Many socio-political events such as the fall of Afghan monarchy, the Soviet invasion, the Taliban’s regime in Afghan history are given through the life story of Amir and Hassan, two Afghan boys. In the novel, the struggle for power (in politics and in daily life) and avarice of human beings (in every field of life) begin to destroy Amir and Hassan’s lives as well as the environment. Eventually, everything begins to fall apart in Afghanistan. What is significant in the novel is that at the hands of the Afghan writer Khaled Hosseini, every single natural element (such as a tree, a flower or a drop of rain) may become a tool to reflect the psychology of the characters in the Kite Runner. Thus, the destruction of the nature with bombs or wars destroys not only the environment, but also the human nature/human psyche, which results in the loss of moral values as well. On the other hand, an awakening in the nature may also lead to a psychological awakening or to a realisation in the human beings. Therefore, in this paper, the relationship between nature and human psyche will be studied and will be illustrated with examples from Khaled Hosseini’s novel, the Kite Runner.

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