Both works share exactly one same theme, is that there is love between the main character and their relatives. In The Kite Runner, at the beginning of the story Amir and Baba were distant from each other, but after Amir tries a several of times to earn Baba’s love, he finally gets it. In Macbeth, the same love is shared between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Both works are similar as the love of the protagonist makes them harm each other for ones benefit.
Both novels showed how seeking for love made the characters turn away from their loved ones. One example of this is that in The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan were best friends at the begging of the novel, and Hassan was a true friend that defends Amir and protects him from the antagonist, Assef, that bothers them. Unfortunately, Amir isn’t as loyal of a friend as Hassan, because he only cares for his own benefits. That was showed in the book as “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That’s what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan. That’s what I made myself believe. I actually aspired to cowardice, because of the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it: He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini, 140). This quote explains that Amir witnessed the most horrifying incident imaginable, happening to his closest friend, Hassan. Hassan was being raped suddenly by the bully Assef and his friends. Despite Hassan’s courage and braveness that helped Amir in many tough times, Amir’s cowardice forced him to back off from helping Hassan from the bullies. Amir wanted to save Hassan, but he was scared of the consequences that he would be bullied as Hassan so, he ran away as if he did not witness what was happening. The guilt of Amir causes him to lash out and punish others around him for his own sins, after which he changes focus, and runs out to get the kite for his father so he can be proud of him.
This same ideas is shown in Macbeth, where Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to kill the king and take over the throne. So he become the king of Scotland and she can become the queen and from here Lady Macbeth ambition starts to increase, but Macbeth refuses. “Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale at what it did so freely? From this time such I account they love. Art thou afeard” (Shakespeare, 41). This quote’s explains in the novel is that Lady Macbeth is trying to convince Macbeth to murder King Duncan for the title, but Macbeth didn’t want to kill him, however because of the relationship that Macbeth has with Lady Macbeth, it is easy for her to convince him otherwise. For the sake of his love towards Lady Macbeth, he harmed all of Scotland and killed their king for ones benefit. By killing Duncan and becoming the new king, he managed damaged Scotland and hurt the people there. He wanted to become the king because he thought that they can live in peace together, but his plan didn’t go right as his blind love and trust started making him kill his friends and relatives for reaching her ambition.
As a conclusion, Amir and Macbeth made the same mistakes as they share the same theme. The people they love forced them to make a big mistake that caused suffering in all of their lives. The Kite Runner was a good example of the love between friends. Hassan has showed the loyalty and love towards Amir as showed in the novel. “For you a thousand times over” (Hosseini, 67). This quote in this novel explains the relationship between Amir and Hassan; not only of love, but also the loyalty of Hassan to Amir. This quote was said by Hassan after Amir thanks him for going after the kite they have defeated in the tournament (which was how the tradition of the game was after winning). Amir does not forget about those words throughout the novel, making him always remember Hassan’s loyalty and love. In my point of view, those words were the reason for the strong guilt Amir faced after his escape from the alley. As a result, Amir tries to make Hassan punish him for his mistakes. Amir repeatedly tries to let Hassan come back, however he fails. He is shocked at how Hassan has love toward him and how he has betraying him. In addition to his mistakes, Amir makes another act of cowardice in order to help him take off the blame; he left Hassan and that made him feel satisfied.
Similarly, Macbeth and Banquo had a friendship of love and trust at the beginning of the play and that is showed in the play as. “Good sir, why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?” (17). this quote explains how Macbeth and Banquo had a close relationship with each other in the beginning of the play. This quote was said after Macbeth said: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (40). This quote was said by Macbeth to his friend Banquo after they saw the witches. When Macbeth and Banquo were fighting for King Duncan and for Scotland at the start of the play, they were showing love to each other before, they even saw the three witches who made them fight for the title of king and made their ambition increase for the title of the king. After Macbeth becomes king, Banquo’s life started to be in danger, as he is the only one who knows what the witches’ prophecies are true. This leads Banquo to plan on killing Macbeth. Macbeth ended up breaking his relationship with Banquo, and later killed him because since Banquo knew that Macbeth is the new king, and Macbeth knows Banquo’s son is destined to be king as well so, Macbeth kills everyone who he thinks may affect him while he is a king. In the end, the love between friends in both novels towards the start of the novels was very clear and meaningful, but as the main character of both novels becomes guilty and seeks towards their own benefit, the love fades.
The main characters are meant to be the protagonists, but they end up harming their friends and families for their love and own benefits. They both made mistakes that changed their lives and took them to a total different path way that harmed their loved people. Both works are similar as the love of the protagonist makes them betrayal and harm loved ones and others. In conclusion, Amir and Macbeth found out that they harmed others after they faced the consequences, but it was too late now to say sorry.