In this essay I will be reflecting on the seminar that our class had about the Pashtunwali and its influence in the characters of ‘The Kite Runner’. First of all Pashtunwali is an ethical code that Pashtuns follow. In the book it talks about two main groups of people; the Pashtun live by an unwritten code that that is flexible and changes over time. The core belief of Pashtunwali is: self respect, independence, justice, hospitality, love and forgiveness. (although this doesn't seem to apply towards hazaras.) During the story Rahim Khan stated to Amir that “There is a way to be good again.” This quote refers to an event that happened elear in Amir’s life when he let his close acquaintance Hassan get raped for his own selfish gain. After not being able to deal with the guilt he then blamed Hassan for stealing and forced him and his father to leave out of shame. The one of the teachings of Pashtunwali is
Intro: Critically acclaimed author and psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross once said “Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy.” This is a powerful quote explaining that humans are often searching for something in life, whethter they know it or not. Ross shows that searching for answers can cause bad things to happen and in order to get through them, humans search for forgiveness. In essence, humans are always searching for something on their journey through life. In this novel, the author demonstrates the journey of one boy through his struggles with
Amir is a character that is very concerned with what people think about him which leads him to publicly detaches himself from Hassan. He can not bear the scrutiny so he humiliates hassan in public by not defending him or protecting him and he humiliates him when they 2 are alone by telling petty lies to him. But the ironic thing is that the very shame he tries to avoid, becomes a worse self loathing shame latter from all his guilt. However, eventually Amir finds himself in a situation where a sense of family, redemption and belonging comes over him and is able to push his instinctual self preservation tendencies away and pay his respects to Hassan by defending and protecting his child.
A foil is either a character who is opposite to the main character or nearly the same as the main character. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only. The author adds these characters in his novel so that the reader can better understand the main characters and the story. The character foils being presented are about Amir and Hassan, their foils are shown when they are both still children and their differences clearly reflect one another.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a young, Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee, resulting in Amir having to live with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir constantly deals with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
Amir is the villain of The Kite Runner because he is greedy for Baba’s love, this leads to his disloyalty to Hassan and demonstrates his cowards because of his feelings of his guilt. Amir, although living a luxurious life feels something is missing, and it’s his father’s approval, he would do anything for it. After winning the kite tournament went to search for Hassan to see him surrounded by Assef and his two friends but, “Behind him, sitting on piles, of scraps and rubble, was the blue kite. [His] key to Baba’s heart” (71). All he cared about was the kite he cut in the tournament, he even sacrificed his best friend just for his father’s love. Not only does he not help Hassan, but also has these thoughts afterward, Hassan put his life on the line and Amir starts to think, “Nothing was
It is often the individuals taken for granted that have the most impact in the lives of others. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner explores the profound power that lies in the hands of influential figures, and the resulting impact that they can have in terms of shaping ones identity and actions. While personally lacking rich character development, Rahim Khan’s role in the novel is significant, not only in terms of influencing Amir’s life, but also as a tool of personification used to embody the overall themes that are exemplified. By serving as a father-figure in Amir’s life, acting as a friend and encourager, Rahim Khan is able to provide
Amir proves to be a coward and an unloyal friend when he leaves Hassan to the bullies. This
Baba and Amir's foil is shown throughout the novel, but you can already identify many differences at the beginning of the book when they lived in Kabul. Although, they also do have a few similarities. They are similar because they are father and son and share similar characterises. Baba and Amir both grew up wealthy as they are Pashtuns. Amir and Baba both hold hard secrets and live their life filled with guilt. Baba holds the secret that Hassan is his son to protect his social status in society, Amir hides Hassans rape and keeps it to himself and pretends it did not happen. Moreover, their best friends are their servants. In addition, both Amir and Baba show an act of kindness and generosity in the novel. Baba builds an orphanage, while Amir
Have you ever been involved in a family conflict that was difficult to overcome? In The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, Amir wishes to gain his father 's attention, recognition, and approval. “It 's important in the beginning of the novel -- as the protagonist feels neglected by his father -- and it becomes important again at the end, in an interesting way” (Singh par. 8). Baba is a wealthy man in Afghanistan. His son, Amir, has always been greedy because he has never learned to appreciate things. Instead, he expects them. As Amir grows older, he desires more attention from his father. For example, Amir loves to read and write, but his father wishes he had an interest in something more masculine. He sabotages Hassan, a servant,
In the novel the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini he illustrates the sacrifice one gives for love. Over the course of the novel Amir, Hassan, and Baba all face dramatic events that shape them to the person they are. Each one of them sacrifice a piece of their own happiness for the one they love. Hassan is loyal to Amir even though in their childhood Amir was not a good friend. Baba sacrifices his life in Afghanistan for Amir to have an education in America. Amir risked his life for Sohrab, Hassan’s son, to repay the wrong he commits toward Hassan. The recurring theme of sacrifice for the ones you love is presented all throughout the novel through Hassan, Baba, and Amir.
Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher, once said, “Problems in relationships occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.” This is the protagonist 's main source of conflict in the book, the Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. Amir and Hassan appeared to have a brotherly friendship. Even though they grew up together, it was intriguing how Hassan develops a brotherly bond with Amir while Amir does not reciprocate the love. By concentrating on what is missing in Hassan, it causes Amir to become separated from the relationship because Amir values social class over his friendship with Hassan, and stems from his jealousy that comes from an idea that Baba favors Hassan.
The theme of loyalty has a major impact on how the Kite Runner develops. As the novel unfolds, the characters begin to learn that loyalty comes with both positive and negative connotations. Loyalty is putting your trust and faith into someone else's hands, although this can be broken, resulting in destroyed lives and relationships. These destroyed lives and relationships are how loyalty affects the novel. Loyalty will drive you to do stuff you would never have seen yourself doing, even loyalty that has been broken will make one seek redemption and attempt to gain it back. There are many examples of loyalty depicted throughout the novel, one being Hassan’s loyalty towards Amir. Hassan constantly shows loyalty towards Amir in the novel. An ideal example of this loyalty is when Hassan is surrounded by Assef and his boys in an empty alleyway. Assef tells Hassan that he will let him go, untouched,
A fragile bond that is hard to break, a fragile bond that no one else can help fix, a fragile bond between father and son. The relationship between a father and a son might not always be loving and cherishable but one that helps prepare the son to understand right from wrong. In the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Baba, the main character’s father, expects a lot from his son Amir, but never truly accepts who Amir is. Amir tries to fix this broken relationship with his father but it does not work simply because it is not Amir’s fault, but feels guilty he is the reason of his mother’s death and father’s disappointment. The author shows broken relationships are impossible for the son to fix through Amir’s inability to prove himself to Baba.
It is human nature to sin but it is also the responsibility of humans to redeem those sins. According to Li Cunxin, redemption means "The salvation or deliverance from sin or evil of human being" (Li Cunxin, Levy93's Blog). For redemption, it is necessary for an individual to confront their sin. Confrontation, however hard it may be, is the best way to escape the guilt of the sins committed in the past, and once the sins are atoned, the burden of the guilt is lifted off of the shoulders of the sinner. In the novel, 'The Kite Runner', Amir must also tread the path of confrontation in order to achieve