Guilt Trip Guilt can completely change a person. The Kite Runner is a book about a family and their servants. Amir and his father, Baba live in a big house with their servants Ali and Hassan. Baba isn’t proud of who Amir is, but this changes when the Kite fighting tournament arrives, Amir wins and Baba is so proud. When the last kite is cut, Hassan goes to run down the final kite for Amir. Hassan ends up being trapped and raped in the alleyway with Amir watching. Amir could have intervened but did not. This leads to Amir hating Hassan because he did not know how to handle his guilt. Amir and his father travel to America where his father eventually dies and Amir grows up. Years later Amir goes back to Kabul …show more content…
Amir stands up for Sohrab and himself by taking a beating from his former bully Assef. Amir knows what he must do: “‘we have some unfinished business, you and I,’ Assef said. ‘Remember don’t you?”(286). Amir was always seen as a coward and this is something he wouldn’t have done when he was younger. An example of this is when he left Hassan in the alleyway with the same person who he confronted to save Sohrab. Almost all of the things Hassan does to and for Hassan are to try and relieve the guilt that weighs on him heavily. Without the incident in the alleyway, Amir may not have rescued Sohrab and stood up to his bully. Amir never stood up to for himself but this time he did and this courage was fueled by guilt. Amir brings Sohrab to America with him. Sohrab lives in their house and even has his own room: “Sohrab’s new room had cream-colored walls, chipped, dark gray moldings”(351). Sohrab is taken home because of his attempt at suicide when Amir says he can stay at an orphanage. This event causes guilt for Amir so he takes Sohrab home with him. Imagine if your nephew tried to kill himself just because you mentioned him going back to an orphanage. After this most people’s immediate response would be to bring him home with them. Amir already lost Hassan and he can’t deal with the guilt of losing Sohrab as well. This is once again another attempt to relieve guilt from Amir’s life. Amir tries to become a good father figure for Sohrab. Amir’s father was rarely proud and happy for
After Amir, who is looking for Hassan, sees Hassan get raped by the older group of Afghan boys, Amir is reluctant to stand up for his friend and runs away. He becomes guilty of his act of betrayal and starts to avoid his friend. After getting fed up of his guilt, which emerges from seeing his friend, he asks his dad to go to Jalalabad for vacation. As Amir goes to Jalalabad with his father and other relatives, he is caught up in his guilt, giving him an uneasy ride. Even after moving away from the house for some days, he still feels guilty in their hotel at Jalalabad.
[Sohrab] is alive… [Amir weeps his] relief into this stranger’s small, meaty hands” (348-349). Amir never really showed as much desperation for a person before as he did everything in hopes that Sohrab survives. Amir made it his mission to protect Sohrab after he attempted
Amir stands up to their childhood bully, Assef, who is known as a leader of the Taliban, to help him repent his sins and save Sohrab for the sake of Hassan. Amir was scared and didn’t want to fight, but he knew there was no other choice. OR Amir, a boy who was once very timid, saves the day as he attacks one of his childhood enemies for the sake of his passed friend. Amir always avoided any sort of conflict as a child, but now that he has matured he fought his way through and confronted the issues in front of him. At the beginning of the book, Amir was nothing like Baba and that’s what made him such a disappointment to him.
Amir later on can't face what he did and lies to get Hassan to leave. When they move to America Amir tries to forget and put the what he did in the past. He then mets Soraya and falls in love with her and she helps him let go of a little bit of guilt because she tells him about how when she was younger she ran off with a man and got caught and sent back home. Amir states, “But I think a big part of the reason I didn’t care about Soraya’s past was that I had one of my own. I knew all about regret” (Hosseini
When Amir and Sohrab meet, it dawns on Amir that whatever happens to Sohrab from now on will be his responsibility and he must do what it takes to keep him safe. This, unfortunately, goes wrong. Amir tries to place him in an orphanage and Sohrab cries saying “You promised you’d never put me in one of those places, Amir agha,” (341). It isn’t until later that Amir gets a call from Soraya saying they didn’t need to put him in the orphanage, Amir finds Sohrab bleeding out in the bathtub.
Amir’s main enemy is guilt because it leads him to blame himself for the death of his mother and for his father’s lack of acceptance of him. Amir takes it upon himself to say that it is his fault that his mother is dead, and that he is the sole reason why his father does not like him for the way he is. He blames himself instead of blaming the possible natural causes of why his mother is dead - he does not let it go. He also does not accept who he is for who he is to his father, he feels the need that his father’s acceptance is not good enough; thus, he seeks the love he needs by doing what his father likes despite disliking such activities himself (examples, sports). Amir does not take in account that there are more reasons outside of his control for why things happen, why the
Amir first refuses to get Sohrab from Afghanistan due to the perilous surrounding. He changes his mind and takes a huge step by coming back to Afghanistan and risking his life to save Sohrab. He once again meets Assef after a long time and their meeting this time included violence. This shows the huge change in Amir's mindset. He shows courage by risking his life to
Amir’s new goal is to save Sohrab. When Sohrab attempts suicide Amir says, “My hands are stained with Hassan’s blood; I pray God doesn’t let them get stained with the blood of his boy too” (346). Amir's last chance at being good again is to save Sohrab and carry on Hassan's blood. Amir through the book takes what Hassan said on that winter day to heart, swearing by it even though he does not say it until the end to Sohrab: “The wind lifted his hair, I saw him nod. For you a thousand times over I heard myself say”(371).
This passage makes clear that Amir still carries the weight of his secret on his shoulders, which has begun to get in the way of other relationships in his life. Even years later, Amir shows deep regret for the selfishness he showed Hassan in their youth, and it continues to haunt him throughout his adulthood. This is shown when Amir is catching up with Rahim Khan, and Amir is reminded of his childhood with Hassan, and the impact his decision made. “It hit me again, the enormity of what I had done that winter and the following summer. The names rang in my head: Hassan, Sohrab, Ali, Farzana, and Sanaubar.
Later in the book, his regret did not allow him to fully experience his life, which in itself was a form of self-punishment and destructive. When Amir was contacted by Rahim Khan and found out Hassan had a child he was determined to find him, however, the director of the orphanage he was supposed to be in revealed that he had sold him to a Talib, when Amir attempts to rescue Sohrab from his Talib captor, he finds out it is Assef and his only option to rescue Sohrab is to fight him. Amir laughs as he is beaten, thinking to himself, “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of
When Amir starts a new life in the United States he still is living with his guilt from over twenty years ago. At that point his closest companion Rahim approaches him to come back to Afghanistan for a visit. Once there Rahim clarifies that Hassan had been killed and his child Sohrab had been left a vagrant. This becomes Amir's way of redemption. Saving Sohrab could somewhat atone for the mistake he made by Hassan.
He has unfinished business with amir.¨ When it's all done, only one of us will walk out of this room alive,¨ Assef said. ¨if it's him, them he's earned his freedom and to let him pass, do you understand?¨ What Assef is saying is that they have to settle their differences and if Amir wins then he gets to take Sohrab home. Amir is a good person, he is willing to get beat to death to save Sohrab. He is risking his life to save
The connection between the relationships of Hassan and Amir and then Amir and Sohrab thrive off of the conflicts and the recurring motifs throughout the novel. Amir lived his redemiton and his loyalty through Sohrab, trying to make what he did to Hassan feel like less of a burden on his shoulders. There are many different ways for one to redeem themselves, but there is no better way to show loyalty than to be present in a time of
Amir saving Sohrab from the orphanage and ‘filling in’ as his father shows how the impact of having a neglectful father has created a moral view in his heart and a need to fulfill a positive father figure role in his life. In addition, there is a deeper connection between Sohrab and Amir because he is the son of Hassan who encountered the same situation that Hassan endured as a
When Amir learns that Hassan died, and the only living member of Hassan’s family was Sohrab, Amir decides to be brave and rescue Sohrab from the Taliban. This was a change in his character, because it shows the contrast between Amir in the past and Amir in the present, and how he deals with issues when he gets older. Amir doesn’t run away from his problems anymore by not letting Sohrab get abused by Assef, instead, he rescues him even if it will mean he gets beat up in the process. Turning