Honesty is the Best Policy Why would a person lie to his sons about their identities? What problems could these lies cause in the long run? How can they influence a person’s life and choices? In the Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Baba, Amir, and Hassan face these problems.
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. Coincidentally, where Amir prefered to be accepted, Hassan was never given
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. The author provides the reader with mixed feeling about Amir.
Amir finally did the worst possible thing to Hassan and his father Ali, trying to get them fired Amir, “lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghan bills under it” (104). He betrayed Hassan and Ali, the two people who cared about him the most, and the two people he himself cared about the most. Amir is a coward and even though one would feel bad for him, he did things that couldn't be forgiven. Although he just wants his father’s love which readers can understand, it gave him no right to do any of these things to Hassan and
Finding Redemption In life everyone is bound to make mistakes that they regret not fixing. Amir, in The Kite Runner lives behind a guilty action he made as a child. He deals with this burden on his back throughout the book with every struggle and success he enters. Towards the end, Amir has been given the chance to find redemption and succeeds his journey.
Betrayal is an issue many can relate to, whether it is done by a family member or a friend. In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, we witness betrayal play a vital role in the downfall of the main character’s Amir and Hassan’s friendship, and how betrayal was the reason for why Amir sought redemption in hopes to move on. The novel begins with Amir as an adult, recalling an event that took place in 1975 in his hometown Kabul, Afghanistan and how this event was what changed the rest of his life and made him who he now is. Despite this heartbreaking occurrence of Amir’s reluctance to help Hassan while he was being raped, it was the reason for why Amir later decided to be brave and stand up for what he believes in. Hosseini shows us how the Afghani culture and Amir’s reluctance to help
Hassan was Amir’s servant , but also his loyal friend who would do just about anything for him, including losing his innocence. Growing up , Amir’s father was a businessman and never had much time for him although, Rahim Khan , Baba’s good friend , helped fill that void of a father figure that Amir needed. Rahim knew everything there was to know about Amir , including his big secret. After the invasion of Russia, Amir and his father eventually came to America and started a new life . Many years later , Rahim calls Amir and says , “ There’s a way to be good again “ ( Hosseini 198 ).
Amir makes hassan look like a thief by “planting [his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under [the mattress]” (Hosseini 104). Hassan knew of Amirs intentions that Amir wanted him to leave so Hassan lies and says that he stole it in order to remain loyal with his friend Amir. Thus, Hassan and his father Ali, feel like they can no longer serve Baba or Amir anymore and leave forever; Amir never sees him again. It was then that Amir realized how much of a horrible person he was and how undeserving he was to have Hassan. His father realized it was him and forgave him even though his father said “theft is unforgivable.”
Guilt is an emotion that comes from believing one was responsible for a particular mistake whether the assessment was accurate or not. (Powell)It can be described as “a bothered conscience” or “a feeling of culpability for offences”. One feels guilty when there is a feeling of responsibility for an action one regrets. (Barker, Guilt and Shame).A wrongdoer must deal with guilt by making atonement- by making reparation and penance.
He then planted the money and the watch Baba had gotten him for his birthday under the Haasan's bed. After Ali and Hassan returned Baba was asking Hassan if he had stolen this item from Amir he shook his head yes, this shows that Amir had lost his honor to his great friend Hassan. When Amir planted the items under the bed he lost his certainty by telling the lie that Hassan had stolen the
He also learns that Hassan has a son named Sohrab, who is in a lot of danger in an orphanage in Kabul. Amir feels that he should take on the responsibility to get Sohrab because of what he did to Hassan in their past. Baba once said “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (Hosseini 78 ) Amir really took that to heart and not only wanted to prove his redemption to himself but also to
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, provides readers with an idea of what life was like in Afghanistan and the hardships and betrayals the people of Afghanistan had to endure. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines betrayal as, “the act of failing or deserting especially in time of need” (Merriam-Webster). Throughout The Kite Runner, many of the characters choose to betray someone they love because of how they were raised or who they are as a person. The motives behind the betrayal vary depending on the person. However, the consequences of the betrayal are always long lasting and have sever effects. Betrayal is seen when Amir cares more about attention than his own friendships. Betrayal is also seen when Baba feels that his son Amir will never be good enough. In contrast, one character who never shows betrayal is Hasssan. In The Kite Runner, Amir and Baba engage in the act of betrayal however Hassan never betrays.
To undo this guilt he does different actions in the positive way that show how his actions are now used for positive good deeds. Amir grows to become someone willing to die for Sohrab and believes Sohrab to be a part of his family which is ironic because Hassan was never able to become a part of their family due to social pressures. After Amir recognizes that Hassan knew all along Amir has a bigger feeling of guilt which is only washed away through constant deeds. One service is when Amir places the crumpled money for a positive outcome rather than to chase someone out, “ Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress ( 242) ”. As Amir grows as a character after ridding himself of different guilts he develops and grows by changing different actions that he has committed in the past as a sin.
His shame for being so selfish and cowardly, while Hassan always was faithful to him. Amir wanted to get rid of Hassan. Therefore, he planted his new watch and some Afghani bills under Hassan’s mattress. He thought Baba would condemn him for this. Although he knew that Amir betrayed him, Hassan said to Baba that he stole the watch and the money.