The Crucible and the Kite Runner
The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, and The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, share many similar themes, characters, and ideas. One particular theme that is present throughout both of these written pieces is love. Defined by the Oxford Dictionary, love is a strong positive emotion of regard and affection.
It can be found in moments of one’s life, through relationships, and through people. In The Kite Runner and The Crucible, one can see the similarities of love through friendship, paternal, and marital love. Friendship, a type of love, plays a key role in both The Kite Runner and The Crucible.In The Kite Runner, Hassan and Amir share a special relationship when they were children. Together, they played by their pomegranate tree on the hill and read the Sultans of Kabul until they grew tired. Hassan always displayed an unwavering amount of loyalty towards Amir. When Assef bullied the boys, Hassan was the one to stand up to Assef.
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In one occasion, Hassan threatened Assef with a slingshot, saying, “if you make a move, they’ll have to change your nickname from Assef ‘the Ear Eater’ to ‘One Eyed Assef’ because I have this rock pointed at your left eye,” (Khaled Hosseini, p. 5). Hassan stood up for Amir and himself even though he was scared of him. He protected his best friend out of love. It is clear from this example that Hassan displays a friendship love towards Amir because he defended both him and Amir. In The Crucible, John Proctor is quite good friends with Francis Nurse and Giles Corey. Together, these three created a case against the girls, who were accusing many people of witchery, to present to the court.
As evidence, John Proctor used Mary Warren because she agreed to admit to what the girls had done.During their questioning, the court was appalled at what was being accused. In their eyes, it seemed as though John was trying to blame someone else in order to get him and his wife out of any sort of trouble. Judge Danforth says to John, “… Come now, you say your only purpose is to save your wife.
Good, then, she is saved at least this year, and a year is long. What you say sir? It is done now. In conflict, Proctor glances at Francis and Giles. Will you drop this charge? ” (Arthur Miller, p. 92). John replies, “I-I think I cannot” (Arthur Miller, p. 2).
Like Hassan, John courageously stands up for his friends. Not because it benefits him, but because he is a trustworthy, honourable, and faithful friend. In both The Kite Runner and The Crucible, Hassan and John display friendship, an extremely important type of love. Another type of love present in both written pieces is paternal love. In The Crucible, John Proctor displays a deep affection for his children. When he was accused of conducting sorcery, he was very close to admitting to committing this crime even though he did no such thing.Proctor was only going to admit because he wanted to be alive to support his family and be a role model for his children.
When John Proctor found out that he had to sign a document that was going to be posted on the church stating that he was a witch, he said “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! ” (Arthur Miller, p. 143).He realized that by giving up his reputation, he would become an embarrassment for the entire family which would end up affecting the children- they could be teased by other students in school and they would always have the burden of their name. Like The Crucible, Baba shows paternal love for Amir in The Kite Runner. When Amir was young, Baba was not seen as a loving, supportive figure in his life. However, as years progressed, Baba displays pride in his son, Amir. Baba beamed on Amir’s high school graduation day, “’I am moftakhir, Amir,’ he said.
Proud.Before their marriage, Soraya told Amir her secret that she had been with another man when she was eighteen. Amir was accepting of her ill judgment, yet wished that he could openly share his secret with her how he’d “betrayed Hassan, lied, driven him out, and destroyed a forty-year relationship between Baba and Ali,” (Khaled Hosseini, p. 174). However, he did not tell Soraya, he kept that secret locked away. Though honesty wasn’t present at the beginning of their marriage, it was gained by telling the truth. This made their bond, love, and relationship grow stronger.
Similar to The Kite Runner, John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible have a relationship like Amir and Soraya’s. Their marriage too consisted of love, support, and honesty. Like Amir, John had a secret. It was implied in the play that he lusted after a young former servant of the Proctors, Abigail Williams. These two hid their complex, secretive, and dangerous relationship from the whole town, especially Goody Proctor. John Proctor never personally told his wife, she managed to figure it out herself and kicked Abigail out.Although this created a very rough patch in John and Elizabeth’s relationship, it brought them closer together than before.
This incident was brought up in court as a way to prove that John Proctor is a witch because he is seen as unfaithful. Elizabeth was questioned by Judge Danforth. Because she had already forgiven John for committing adultery, she said that her husband “is a goodly man,” (Arthur Miller, p. 113). Naturally, Danforth was getting frustrated because she never actually stated whether or not he committed the crime so he said, “Look at me!To your knowledge, has John Proctor committed the crime of lechery? Answer my Question. Is your husband an adulterer? ” (Arthur Miller, p. 113), and she replied, “No sir,” (Arthur Miller, p.
113). Elizabeth without a doubt had forgiven John for what he had done and because she loved him so much she made sure that he wouldn’t get into trouble for a crime he had committed. In both The Crucible and The Kite Runner, a strong marital bond is displayed between the main characters. Love plays a great impact in poetry, novels, and plays.