Confinement In The Kite Runner

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“I find I'm so excited that I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel” (Darabont, 2:17:10). The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini, The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, and Guilt by Judy Budnitz all demonstrate different aspects of confinement from beginning to end. Confinement can come in many different forms, whether it is physical, mental and caused by others, or cause by oneself, and can be a prominent and negative aspect in many people’s lives. Sacrifice has a key importance in ridding different forms of confinement in order for one to gain the feeling of freedom.
Confinement is first shown as many of the characters experience confinement when being put in a different
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The Kite Runner exhibits many different forms of abuse regarding Hassan and Sohrab, mainly showcasing physical and sexual abuse. When talking to Amir about what he went through being in the hands of Assef, Sohrab says, “"I miss Father, and Mother too...And I miss Sasa and Rahim Khan sahib. But sometimes I'm glad they're not... here anymore...because I don't want them to see me...I'm so dirty and full of sin."” (Hosseini, 335), describing how he feels so personally affected and depressed by this abuse that he blames it solely on himself and considers it to be his own fault. Sohrab’s father, Hassan, also experiences the same forms of abuse with Assef, and like his son, goes through the same periods of silence, not speaking a word to anyone and isolating himself from the world. Both of these characters are shown to give up nearly their entire lives by staying in silence for the heinous actions that someone else had committed on them because of the amount of guilt they have within blame themselves for. The Shawshank Redemption demonstrates the aspect of physical and sexual abuse regarding the both classes of the prison. Throughout the film, abuse towards inmates is constantly shown through the prison guards, most notably Captain Hadley, physically abusing them and “The Sisters”, a group of inmates who physically and sexually…show more content…
Amir’s guilt in The Kite Runner is constantly discussed throughout the novel from beginning to end about how he did not stand up for Hassan in the time where he needed him most. In the novel, Amir says, “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” (Hosseini, 1), describing how he has been feeling guilty and full of regret for over twenty years, leaving him to feel personally confined from that guilt. The Guardian's review of the novel also states, “In fact, from Kabul to California, where he and Baba make their home in the 1980s after an arduous escape from Afghanistan, Amir is never free from the burden of his sin. The love of a good woman and astonishingly rapid success as a novelist cannot rescue him. Atonement lies only in a return to his native city in the summer of 2001, and a remarkable mercy mission.” (Smith). Because of the constant burden of guilt that Amir puts on himself, Rahim Khan’s call saying, “There is a way to be good again...” (The Kite Runner, 2) is the only thing that Amir feels that he can do to make up for that one mistake twenty years ago, no matter what the task is. In The Shawshank Redemption, it is revealed that Andy Dufresne

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