The Kite Runner And Hamlet: Internal And External Conflict

The Kite Runner was written by Khaled Hasseini in 2003. The book’s author is an Afghani-American. He tells Amir’s story, a young boy from Kabul. The novel contains many themes which are based upon the cultural and customs of Afghanistan. Hassan, the best friend of Hassan and the protagonist of this book, are exposed to many themes. The book also discusses the beginning of the refugee movement both in Pakistan and the United States. This book also covers the Taliban government. Hamlet was written by Shakespeare in the early 17th century. In Denmark, Prince Hamlet’s father’s ghost calls on him to kill his uncle Claudius. He killed his brother in order to gain the throne. Also, he took the widowed brother of his deceased as his spouse. Shakespeare’s longest work is also one of his most important works.

Characters of both books have internal and outside conflicts. The Kite Runner’s and Hamlet’s characters suffer from a conflict between internal and external forces. Characters in both scripts have suffered a great deal because of this conflict. In many instances, the outcome is unexpected or unwanted because of the difference between an individual’s inner self and external forces. A person’s mind is the place where internal conflict takes place. A person is in a state of psychological conflict and must decide whether a situation will be beneficial or harmful to their character. As is evident in the story about Prince Hamlet, a conflict within a human being can lead to inaction. This mental state makes a person unable to make good decisions about their problems. Conflicts that happen between characters and external forces are called external conflict. This can be between two people or groups, or between the character and his environment. Both books discuss internal and exterior conflicts.

Both internal and exterior conflicts can affect a character’s cause or action. They are used to create tension and develop characters in both novels. They’ve been used to create obstacles for character goals. The characters’ goals are shown by illustrating the things which prevent them from achieving those goals. The characters’ actions are also explained by using them. Different internal or external conflicts will likely cause a certain reaction in a human being. The characters of the two books have been given different personalities and traits by these conflicts. Characters have different personalities due to the different conflicts that are going on in their minds. They will also have different desires due to the forces around them. This difference will lead to characters from both texts showing different behaviors and traits based upon the internal and external conflicts that they have experienced. This paper compares the various internal and external conflict cases shown in both texts.

According to the two novels, those who take action are rewarded. Those who hesitate in their decisions remain stuck. They suffer tragedy. Amir as well as Hamlet appear to be people that are reluctant in making decisions, which results in them suffering. Hassan is Amir’s best friend who also works in his house. Hassan, who works at Amir’s home and is also his best friend, helps him out all the time. Amir, who is often hesitant to act, once saw Hassan getting raped. “I finally ran. I ran out of cowardice. I was afraid that Assef might harm me” (Hosseini. pg.68). Amir is experiencing internal conflict at this point. He wanted to help Hassan, but he also feared what Assef might do. As a result of his internal conflict, Hassan was raped.

Hamlet is a character who also fails to act when a problem arises. He knows the faults of society, but he is hesitant to act when and how he should. He has a conflict inside him after he receives the order to murder his nephew. This leads to him delaying action. He then accidentally kills the incorrect person, leading him to say, “How shall I bear it? A father has been killed, my mother is stained, my reason and blood are agitated, I am letting all sleep, yet I can see twenty thousand men dying in front of me?” (Shakespeare 231). Hamlet’s and Amir’s inaction is a result both of internal and outside conflicts.

In both books, the internal and exterior conflicts of the characters are what makes them different. Amir’s behavior has been affected by Baba as well. He was raised by a father who had no respect for his own values. He wanted Amir to be the same. “A child who does not fight for what he believes in will grow up to be a man with no morals.” (Hosseini). He is a constant external conflict. Amir can stand alone and make his decisions like a real man. His father is an egocentric man who wants to make his son like him. He believes what he is doing and what he believes are best for him son. Because of the conflict brought on by their differences, he is slow to act. The conflict has a negative impact on him. Baba has even questioned if Amir is his son because of their differences.

Hamlet and King Hamlet had a very close relationship. This is why the spirit of his dead father haunts Hamlet to seek revenge. “I, thy spiritual father, am doomed in a short time to roam the night. Revenge this foul and unnatural murder (Shakespeare Pg.65). Hamlet’s father and Hamlet were in love. The ghost’s existence was questioned for a period of time, after he had been instructed to exact revenge against his father. Hamlet is hesitant to take revenge on his father because of the external conflict between him and the ghost. Characters in both novels are not affected by internal or external conflict the same way. These conflicts can make people react quickly to certain situations, while others may be hesitant. Amir becomes a coward because of internal conflict and cannot save Hassan. Amir’s father and he have an external conflict that makes him work harder and be a better man.

Conflicts can be used for good or bad. The main characters in both novels are defined by these conflicts. These conflicts have been used in both novels to define the main characters. The authors have used them to create characters and give reasons for the actions they take. The reader has also received messages through internal and external conflict. In the same way, various themes and aspects about society were also revealed. These two novels will help readers to understand the influence that internal and exterior conflicts have on them. Knowing their power will help them to manage conflicts. So, they can avoid being negatively impacted by internal or external conflicts.


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