For instance, in his childhood, Amir is constantly competing with Hassan for Baba’s attention and love. This leads to his lack of action when he witnesses Hassan’s rape. His regret for not interfering when it happened and hiding his misguided choice infect his mind even in his adult life six years later when he moves to America. With a few exceptions, people simultaneously embody evil and good in their life; Hosseini demonstrates this with Amir, who is convinced that he himself is evil, and spends most of the book struggling to redeem himself so he can finally realize he is not wicked after all.
Amir first realizes the depth of his cowardice as he watches Assef rape Hassan in the alley and thinks, “I could step in into that alley, stand up for Hassan—the way he stood up for me all those times in the past—and accept whatever happened to me. Or I could run” (Hosseini 77). He has an epiphany that he could choose to be brave and selfless like Hassan and step up to Assef regardless of any physical consequences. However, despite his understanding that the noble choice would be to interfere and stop Assef, Amir is unable to act on it because his fear of Assef overwhelms him. The guilt that consumes Amir in the weeks following Hassan’s rape indicates that he understands the extent of his selfish behavior and needs to resolve it before he can forgive himself.
His shame for being so selfish and cowardly, while Hassan always was faithful to him. Amir wanted to get rid of Hassan. Therefore, he planted his new watch and some Afghani bills under Hassan’s mattress. He thought Baba would condemn him for this. Although he knew that Amir betrayed him, Hassan said to Baba that he stole the watch and the money.
Readers first observe this whenever Amir secretly stands and watches Hassan get raped by the bully, Assef. He didn’t intervene because he knew Assef would do the same to him and his main goal was not to let Assuf see him. Another example of this is whenever Amir hides money in Hassam's bed to make it seems as if he was stealing. His goal was to get Hassan kicked out of his home. As Amir grows older, his childhood secrets divulged and he begins to feel guilty for what he did to Hassan.
According to the text, Amir stated to the readers, “I stopped watching, turned away from the alley… I had one last choice to make a decision… In the end, I ran.” (Hosseini, 67-68). Amir had 2 choices, he could of stand up and saved Hassan or he could run and act like he didn’t see anything.
The symbol of the kite represents not only guilt, but also Amir’s futile attempts for redemption. With this in mind, Amir’s longing for Baba’s love, the assault from Assef, and Sohrab’s journey all come full circle in the end and show that Amir can mend his mistakes once and for all. After years of standoffish treatment from Baba, Amir believes that he needs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes to reconcile for the death of his mother. At such a young age Amir, “always felt like Baba hated, [him] a little. And why not?”
In addition, Atticus went against his moral code and principles he had always upheld before, especially in the Tom Robinson trial. Now, Atticus is faced with the decision of abiding by the law or breaking it in order to do the right thing. He knew that incarcerating a man, as withdrawn and solitary as Arthur would have been unforgivable. Especially, after Arthur had performed a great deed by saving his children 's life. He knew that exposing him would be an awful way of repaying him; it would have been like "shooting a mockingbird."
One of the main themes in The Kite Runner is forgiveness. It is shown in many different ways throughout the book and mainly revolves around how Amir wants to be forgiven for not helping Hassan when Hassan needed help the most. Amir cannot live with the guilt and feels a strong need to find redemption after he betrays Hassan. Hassan, who has always helped him and stood up for him in the past, got raped while Amir was watching and cowardly refuses to intervene.
After being thrown in jail proctor finally realized that he was a terrible person and he even admits it. While talking to elizabeth he says “ I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man.” (Miller 136)
Finally when he thought he couldn’t take the guilt anymore, he blames Hassan for stealing money from him and forces him out of baba’s house. Although he never sees Hassan again, he does not forget the terrible sins he committed. After years of holding the guilt of his doings, Amir sets out to seek for redemption. Amir goes back to where it all started, Kabul, to find Hassan’s son Sohrab.
Emerging Themes Khaled Hosseini’s development of the character Amir, in the novel The Kite Runner, uncovers two emerging themes. Amir’s struggle with the death of Hassan goes over his guilt, and how guilt can cloud a person's judgement. Rahim Khan’s words effect Amir in a major way as well. When Rahim asks Amir to retrieve Hassan’s son he has a shot at redemption for what he has done hinting that in life it is never too late to make the right decision.
In The Kite Runner, Amir’s desperation for attention from Baba proves to be his most tragic flaw. Due to this, he becomes envious of Hassan and how Baba treats him. Amir’s most significant sin is treating Hassan differently because of this, with the excuse of him being a Hazara. Furthermore, Amir knows that saving Sohrab would be the only way to make it right with Hassan again. After taking the chance and risking his life, Amir redeems himself in the end.
Amir is the protagonist and narrator in The Kite Runner. He is a Pashtun and Sunni Muslim. Since the beginning of the book, the reader might believe that Amir is immoral or iniquitous since he would test Hassan’s loyalty and slightly tease him too. A conflicted character, Amir struggles between the logical and emotional sides of his being. Amir is also a coward.