When the protagonist of a novel is a writer, there's a good chance the novel will have plenty of juicy commentary about writing. That's certainly the case with The Kite Runner. Some responsible and some questionable writing practices crop up throughout the novel. Early on, literacy becomes a tool to manipulate the illiterate. On a brighter note, however, literature also builds a bridge to family members who died before us, giving breath and voice to absence. Writing briefly becomes a method of escape for our protagonist. Later, however, it turns into a nifty device for self-exploration.