He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him. The experience left a scar on both Hassan and Amir. Amir’s father’s words echo in his mind as he recalls the experience, “A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything” (Hosseini, 2003). By the end of the novel, Amir finally learns stands up and earns the redemption
First of all,Assef and Amir’s reunion highlights Amir’s coming of age as well as the theme of redemption. Secondly, the fact that Sohrab saves the day with his slingshot reveals the parent-child relationship between him and Hassan. It also demonstrates Assef’s retribution. Finally, the discovery that Hassan and Amir are brothers reinforces the division of the social classes in Afghanistan. Amir, a man desperately seeking redemption and a “way to be good again”, is given the opportunity to finally be at peace.
There are several ways Hassan starts his path to atonement. The first time he feels without guilt is when Assef beats him up but he describes at finally being in peace. “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace” (289). This quote shows how he was able to finally get the beating he deserved which makes him feel as if he reached atonement. However because atonement is only achieved through doing constant good deeds readers see a second time when he reveals all.
He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again,..the last time." (Hosseini 89-90.9) After this act of Amir’s the reader’s pity for Hassan develops, as does their hatred towards Amir. This occurrence, in spite of the shame Amir bears throughout his life, shows Amir's misuse of Hassan for his own
He tried many times to convince himself to find the courage to fix his past, leaving himself to find ways when it’s too late to redeem himself by going out of his way to search for his half-brother’s son. As a child, Hassan got raped and Amir was a witness of this. Their friendship fell apart because of Hassan’s loyalty and by keeping this secret, he got Hassan and his father, Ali to quit
He knew I’d seen everything in that alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time” (...). In consequence, Amir realizes how his action accumulated to cause Hassan to travel away from his home to somehow retain his dignity and recover from an unpleasant past. Amir meets Rahim Khan in Peshawar to discuss the recent events in Afghanistan. Rahim told Amir that the Taliban killed Hassan, and later that they are half-brothers.
Elie says to his father, “Come, Father...I’ll watch over you and you’ll watch over me...we’ll look after each other(pg.89).” This quote shows that Elie has never said this to his father. Now that they are in a possibility of death, they need to take care of each other. Also, the story of Rabbi Eliahou's son leaving him because he was too weak made his son leave his father. Elie prays to God that, God “will [him] the strength to never do what Rabbi Eliahou's son(pg.91).” Elie actually saw that the Rabbi’s son left him. He felt bad because Rabbi Eliahou’s son left him because he was weak.
Part Two: Detailed Quotation Analysis 1. “Yes, my dear son, say on, and call me traitor, Abandoned scoundrel, thief, and murderer; Heap on me names yet more detestable, Each moment of my life is stained with soilures; And all is but a mass of crime and filth; Heaven, for my punishment, I see it plainly, Would mortify me now. Whatever wrong They find to charge me with, I’ll not deny it But guard against the pride of self-defence. Believe their stories, arm your wrath against me, And drive me like a villain from your house; I cannot have so great a share of shame But what I have deserved a greater still.” (Tartuffe – Act III, scene VI) This passage shows that Tartuffe is being extremely hypocritical in his pretense to seem guilty. He uses his speech as a tool to divert Orgon’s attention from Damis’s claim that Tartuffe tried to seduce Elmire.
Life in America was where Amir had dreamed of living. It was easy there and full of opportunity. Moving to America was Amir’s attempt to overcome the difficulties he and his family faced in Afghanistan. He was attempting to forget his past of war and unfortunate occurrences, defined as “sins”, back in Afghanistan. People can forget the memory of their past, but what stays with them forever is their feelings.
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.