The Kite Runner Essay – Sample Outline
A. Hook: Life is all about certain moments, moments that change people’s lives.
B. Hosseini demonstrates, through the complex relationship between Amir, Baba, and Hassan, how one
influential moment can change the course of one’s life forever.
C. Thesis: Through Baba’s treatment of Hassan and Amir, he inevitably and involuntarily causes the
catalytic event that was Hassan’s rape.
II. Body point 1
A. Claim 1: Throughout the book, it’s difficult not to notice how well Baba treats Hassan.
B. Evidence: Baba’s admiration for Hassan standing up for Amir.
C. Evidence: Baba fixing Hassan’s cleft lip
D. Evidence: Baba forgiving Hassan when he admits to stealing Amir’s watch and money.
E. Analysis: None of these actions are given reason until it is revealed that Hassan was also Baba’s son. This
is when the pieces of their relationship fall into place. By Baba not claiming Hassan as his son, he left him
with the status of a lowly Hazara, open to ridicule from society. Baba was ashamed, not of Hassan, but
of the choice he made not to tell him.
F. Evidence: “I think everything (Baba) did, feeding the poor on the streets, building the orphanage, giving
money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself” (Hosseini 302).
G. Analysis: But it wasn’t enough; Baba’s selfishness of not wanting to lose his pride, honor and reputation
cost Hassan his innocence.
H. Evidence: “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft” (17).
I. Analysis: Ironically, that was precisely what he did. He stole Hassan’s right to a completely different life.
III. Body point 2
A. Claim 2: Contrasting Hassan and Baba’s relationship, Amir had the opposite relationship with Baba.
B. Evidence: He constantly tried to impress him, but no matter what he did, Baba never seemed to be
proud. Amir had become his “glaring exception” (15).
C. Analysis: The more he tried to make Amir like himself, the less Amir’s character cooperated.
D. Evidence: Baba thinks there is something missing in Amir, but Rahim Khan responds by saying, “Children
aren’t coloring books; you don’t get to fill them in with your favorite colors” (21).
E. Analysis: Baba only shakes his head, as if that had never occurred to him.
F. Evidence: He later admits “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d
never believe he’s my son” (23).
G. Analysis: It couldn’t have been easy to grow up with such an important father who made his preference
for Hassan so obviously known. This lack of respect for Amir is ultimately what led Amir to not stand up
for Hassan. He ultimately wanted one thing: Baba to be proud of him.
IV. Body point 3
A. Claim 3: From these two important relationships, the reader understands the building of events that
lead to the final turning point in their lives- Hassan’s rape.
B. Evidence: The kite was the “Key to Baba’s heart” (71).
C. Analysis: All Amir cared about at that moment was attaining that coveted kite. It was this thought that
made him run away.
D. Evidence: “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (77).
E. Analysis: Selfishness, the same element that drove Baba to not claim Hassan as his son, drove Amir to
betray his best friend and half brother. As a result, Amir not only didn’t fully win Baba as a father, he lost
Hassan and was condemned to try to redeem himself in the future, just like Baba. Baba damned both his
sons to live lives he never intended them to, only because he was too selfish to admit the truth.
A. Restate Thesis: While the decision to betray Hassan was ultimately Amir’s, Baba was the real precursor
of these events.
B. The obvious preference for Hassan led Amir to sacrifice his best friend. Baba ultimately caused the
events that changed both Amir and Hassan’s lives forever.