AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 8, Number 2 May 2024 Pp.71-79

Exploring Humans, Humanity, and Humanization: a Case Study in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

English Language Centre
King Khalid University, Alfarah Campus, Abha, Assir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

English Department, College of Science and Arts
Muhayil,  King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: Sheguf2007@yahoo.com

English Department College of Science and Arts
Majadra, King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


The principal aim of this case study is to carry out thorough research to uncover the underlying themes about humans, humanity, and humanization within the novel–The Kite Runner— by Khaled Hosseini. This could be achieved through exploring the thoughts, experiences, interactions, and actions of the fundamental characters (Amir, his father, and Hassan respectively) By so doing, the theme of redemption, forgiveness, and guilt. remorse and the struggle for identity — could be uncovered. The significance of this study stems from the fact that: the readers of this article will gain a deep understanding and insights into human nature traits such as forgiveness, redemption, identity, selfishness, and selflessness. The study seeks to provide answers to such questions: How do the major characters depict the sense of humanity and humanization in an unrest social and political situation in Afghanistan? How does the forgiveness theme play a vital role in the humanization of the rich characters such as Assef and Baba? The study adopts the textual analysis method and closes critical reading appreciation techniques through which the complex characteristics of human nature are explored and studied. The findings of the study are represented in the Scrutiny of the rich themes and the deeper insights into human beings’ complex nature. Although this study has covered some essential themes, yet, further research can be conducted in more depth to fill the gap left uncovered.

Cite as:

Rahman, M.A., Sheguf, M., & Alfaruque, S, Y. (2024). Exploring Humans, Humanity, and Humanization: a Case Study in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 8 (1), 71-79.


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Md Azizur Rahman has been teaching at King Khalid University situated in the Assir Region in Saudi Arabia. He received his MA from Aligarh Muslim University in 2000 in India. He has an interest in Central Asia in colonial and postcolonial contexts and Afghan literature with a particular interest in the representation of common Afghans in this region.
Email address: maziz210@gamil.com.  ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0001-0804-5225

Elsaid Mohammed Adam Sheguf is an assistant prof of English Language at the Department of English Language at King Khalid University in Saudi Arabia. He obtained his PHD from Jazira University,Suaan in 2010. Dr. Sheguf has offered several training courses. He has some published articles in international journals. His research focus is applied linguistics, English language teaching, English Language testing, assessment, and literature. Email address: sheguf2007@yahoo.com .
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0006-4335-7992

Sabina Yasmin Alfaruque has been teaching at King Khalid University situated in the Assir Region in Saudi Arabia since 2007. She received her master’s in English Literature in 2000 and Teacher Training (Bachelor of Education) in 2001 from Aligarh Muslim University in India. She has an interest in English phonetics and phonology. Email address: sabinaya812@gmail.com. ORCIDID:https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-8766