The Spectrum of Evil Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, captures the events in Afghanistan from 1963 to 2001, through the eyes of Amir, a maturing Afghan boy who strives for goodness despite the evils plaguing the world around him. One of the evils that follow Amir throughout his life is Assef, a childhood bully who grows to be an adult Talib and murderer. Pure evil is represented in the book by Assef, who shows his lack of conscience when he rapes Hassan, and later molests Hassan’s son, Sohrab. Hassan, Amir’s childhood servant, best friend, and illegitimate half-brother is a truly good character who Amir is envious of, despite his pureness, innocence, and unwavering loyalty to Amir. Many problems in Amir’s life are unwittingly caused by Hassan.
Another instance betrayal is shown is how Baba is Hassan's father which means that he betrayed his best friend Ali. Another large theme is working for forgiveness. Amir tries to gain redemption for not saving Hassan from rape was saving and adopting Sohrab. Baba's redemption for betraying Ali was creating an orphanage, doing other charitable activities, and giving many gifts to Hassan each birthday. An obvious symbol for The Kite Runner is kites.
The triangle between the males seems to be most impacted by Hassan. One day at the kite running race, as Hassan is running down Amir’s kite, he encounters Assef and two other boys. As Hassan is maliciously abused and raped, Amir watches him in shock and runs away thinking; “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel.
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.
His first indication of his egotistic behavior is when he embarks on the task of creating life. His egotism and cowardice manifest itself even more when it not only leads to the death of his younger brother William, but also to that of Justine the young girl accused of murder, and his childhood friend Clerval( Storment, 2002). Victor claims at hand to admit to the murder so that he will be incarcerated however, he abstains from coming clean in light of the fact that he is embarrassed about himself and his unsuccessful experiment which has hurt his sense of self-pride furthermore society
Amir realized his mistake and goes back to Afghanistan to get Hassan 's son, Sohrab. It took a long time for him to explain to people why he wanted to take that fragile Hazara boy to United States with him, but he was supported by many people who never thought Hazaras as a low caste. Amir had risked his life when he went into the hands of the Taliban to rescue Sohrab. Just like him, Hans Hubermann in " The Book Thief" aided a Jew while a March to the concentration camps. He was whipped brutally by the Nazi followers, which made him think if he had done something wrong in doing the right.
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Amir’s jealousy of Hassan pushes him to commit vengeful and manipulative deeds to someone who has undying admiration and loyalty towards him. Amir’s need to impress his father, in this case, the kite tournament, singles the start of his redemption journey. Hassan, in Amir’s eyes, is someone who he has no emotional connection, strictly a employer-servant relationship. However, the substantial event that sparks a considerable amount of guilt and shame in Amir is the event he witnessed involving Hassan and his lack of initiative afterwards. Everytime he sets out to redeem himself, Hassan becomes collateral damage; Amir’s quest to find redemption takes form in multiple ways throughout the novel.
The uncontrollable lust of Willy in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller ultimately caused the ruin of his son, Biff’s, dream. It is true that irresponsible lusting can destroy people's life, even one’s own. When Biff caught Willy having The Woman in his room, he broke down and had a revelation about his father. (2, 120-121) He learned that he was a liar and this situation caused their relationship to fall apart. Biff gave up on his successful future because of this future.
Cassidy Bulger Mr. Rigney AP English Lit October 22, 2014 Betrayal and Guilt in The Kite Runner In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, betrayal and guilt are prevalent in Amir’s relationship with Hassan. Throughout the course of the novel, Amir betrays his childhood friend, and family servant, Hassan. Much of this betrayal occurs in their youth, and because the acts were so horrific and the guilt that Amir carries is so heavy, their relationship dissolves over time. After Amir wins the kite fight, Hassan runs off to find the losing kite in order to take it home to Baba as a sort of souvenir. After some time, Amir wonders why Hassan has yet to return the kite.
The townspeople hate Smitty because he is hanging someone who doesn’t deserve it, even though it isn’t Smitty’s fault he is just doing his job. Despite their friendship Michael doesn’t defend him against the angry town after the hanging the next morning. The Snob is a story about Young John Harcourt and when he see’s his father at a book shop with Grace, the girl he loves. John is scared that his dad will embarrass him because he isn’t the same social class as Grace. John tries to avoid his father and gets in an argument with Grace where he calls her a snob.