April 6, 2023
How Ambition is not Singularly Beneficial in the Kite Runner
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” This Cottingham quote procures that when the definition of ambition is contemplated, it is almost impossible to not think of it as majorly positive. There is no blame to be put forth for that either as ambition is typically seen as a positive trait in the eyes of most. Myriads of different situations and objects can affect a person’s motivation or ambitious state. Whether it be ambition or something else, Hosseini’s Kite Runner shows what motivates the narrator’s actions and emotions, both positively and negatively.
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It has been seen far throughout this story that Amir is just a boy who misses his father, even in his grown-up life. As such, he feels the obligation to impress his Baba. This shows even more proof that Amir just might be good on the inside, “There is a way to be good again…” (Hosseini 226). This quote occurs when Amir makes the final decision to save Sohrab, so to speak. It is also indirectly emphasized throughout the story that Amir makes the decision to save Sohrab because it would have made Baba proud. Regardless of Amir’s intentions, the fact he sacrificed himself and paused his life greatly to do this also shows how he is a good person. In addition to this, Amir really went all-out to not only save, but also protect Sohrab with all his might. When Amir had the encounter with Assef and they began to fight, this showed Amir’s willingness to, without a second thought, potentially die for Sohrab. Most would have feared death in this case, especially when Assef stated, “When it’s all done, only one of us will walk out of this room alive” (Hosseini 287). Amir, however, was not scared and he suffered severe injuries. Whether this be for the approval of his late Baba or to focus on saving Sohrab. The main point to takeaway from this, is that with his advanced age, Amir is seemingly motivated by more generous concepts and shall be ultimately considered as more of a good
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Amir witnessed a lot of bad things around him, but kept pushing to better himself. “I don't believe the world's a particularly beautiful place, but I do believe in redemption” (Colum McCann). Seeing hard things around your life often is tough to overcome, but Amir had to overcome these issues to find his redemption. In the end, he found redemption through the toughest of circumstances around him.
[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
Hosseini portrays many themes in The Kite Runner, however, the most persistent is the guilt Amir faces and his path to redemption. Through his use of juxtapositions and irony, Hosseini reveals how the path to redemption involves the uncovering of shocking truths and the rectifying of past sins. He also argues that true redemption is when guilt leads to good. Hosseini describes the beginning
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.
The mission to save Sohrab provided an opportunity for Amir to finally right his past mistakes; he finally forced himself to fight back against his enemies. By fighting Assef, Amir absolved himself and rid his conscience of the guilt of not rescuing Hassan. Although throughout most of his life, Amir tried to forget about the things he had done wrong, by the end of the story, he had corrected his errors and was becoming the son who Baba would be proud
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
He also draws a comparison between the lamb and Hassan, showing how easily sacrificed he has left his friend to be. In contrast, Amir grows up having this guilt internalized but with a motivation to stand up for others and intervene when it is necessary. This motivation shows when he stands up for Hassan’s son, Sohrab, and takes Assef’s brutal beating proudly. The distinction in Amir’s action this time is the fact that he stayed and did not run, stating that he deserved this punishment for his past actions toward Hassan, but which he never received until that instant. “My body was broken…but I felt healed” (Hosseini 289).
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
However, Amir decides to offer anyway because he knows Sohrab is in desperate need of help. This is an act of benignity that proves he does not only care about himself. In the beginning of the book, Amir rarely went out of his way to help others, but Amir
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.
The author puts a lot of moral ambitious character in the story the Kite Runner. Amir is an example of a moral ambitious character. He is evil in the beginning of the story, but as he matures and grows up as an adult. The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini, is a novel about a young boy named Amir and how he grows up in the Afghan war and how life was during the war. Amir's Moral Ambiguity is important to this story because he provides readers to like and hate him.
His residency over time had also improved his confidence. Having to decide on his own what to do for college against his father is unlike the young Amir seen at the start of the novel. Amir states that; “…I will stand my ground… I didn’t want to sacrifice for Baba anymore” (pg. 135). Having understood his past and learning from it after Hassan’s sacrifice, Amir moves forward in his life the way he would like it to be.
Even though Amir hasn’t quite forgiven himself, he doesn't find one way to some what relieve the guilt that has bottled up. Amir goes and fights endlessly to retrieve Hassan’s son Sohrab. He gets beaten up by Assef, struggles to even get Sohrab back to the US with Amir, but eventually, Amir succeeds and gets to try to build back up the relationship he had with Sohrab. Amir almost feels like he got his punishment for what he did to Hassan. Amir felt that him getting severely beaten up by Assef was his way of Hassan forgiving him.
I feel like this is a way for Amir to reflect and make the right decision where in the past he just watched Hassan get raped. In the future he is able to save Sohrab and get him out of such a bad situation. In a way I feel like by the end he gets what he wants. He not only becomes good again but he also gets to have the child that he and his wife Soroya couldn’t have and make everything up to Hassan. He can be a good father to Sohrab an opportunity that they would not have gotten if he did not go back to Afghanistan to get him due to the fact that Soroya could not have children.
However, he also turned out to be someone who tried his best to confront his sins and redeem them by building orphanages, fixing Hassan's harelip, and helping others in general (Li Cunxin, Levy98's Blog). Unlike Baba, Amir was afraid of confronting his sins. In the novel, Baba, with reference to Amir, says, "A boy won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (page 22, chapter3) which foreshadows how Amir was unable to face his sin, unlike