The book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini centers around the theme of trying to redeem oneself and be good. Hosseini shows this theme through the foils of Baba and Rahim Khan, when Baba does charity to try and make up for what he's done, when Rahim accepts Amir while Baba tries to get him to fit into his idea of a man, and Babas concern with public opinion that causes him to hide his son, while Rahim tries to marry a Hazara. Hosseini uses the contrast between these two characters to reflect the importance of being good, and to outline the flaws in Baba even though at the beginning of the book he is portrayed as perfect and larger then life. Throughout the book people talk about how Baba has done many important charitable things for his …show more content…
Throughout the book Amir is trying to get Babas approval, but finds it easier to connect with Rahim and Rahim approves of Amir more. “‘Look, I know there’s a fondness between you and hi and I'm happy about that. Envious, but happy. I mean that. He needs someone who… understands him, because God knows I don’t. But something about Amir troubles me in a way that I cant express. It’s like…’ I could see him searching, reaching for the right words. He lowered his voice, but I heard him anyways. ‘If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he's my son.’” The contrast between the two shows how strong willed Baba is, versus Rahim who is able to appreciate what Amir is interested in. Because of Baba’s strong sense of what a man should be like, and what he was like as a child, he sees Amir as weak. This causes Amir to constantly try and impress him, and eventually he sacrifices Hassan to please Baba and get the kite back to him. This connects to the theme of being good because Baba sees himself reflected in Amir, and other people in afghanistan see the child reflected on the parents. This same Afghan principle of the children reflected on the parents is show with General Taheri and Soraya. Baba wants to be seen as good, and to be seen as good he feels that Amir needs to reflect the same principles that he does, and since Baba is such a strong person he believes Amir should …show more content…
When Baba had an Hazara son he was willing to hide it from everyone he knew to make sure it didn't reflect badly on him, but Rahim was willing to marry a Hazara and would have if his family hadn’t sent away his wife. “You should have seen the look on my father’s face when I told him. My mother actually fainted. My sisters splashed her face with water. They fanned her and looked at me as if I had slit her throat. My brother Jalal actually went to fetch his hunting rifle before my father stopped him.”
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Despite not fully approving of Amir's chosen career path, Baba takes pride in his son's achievements. He proudly shares with General Taheri, "Amir is going to be a great writer. He has finished his first year of college and earned A's in all of his courses" (116). Baba's inclusion of his son's accomplishments to impress others showcases his kindness and unwavering support for Amir. Baba could have chosen to say nothing or compelled Amir to pursue a different path, but his actions exemplify his genuine care and his desire to uplift his
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.
Throughout the book, the struggles of Amir trying to redeem himself to Baba for murdering Amir’s mother, and the struggle to accept the guilt that came along with him witnessing Hassan’s rape and departure from his family were unbearable to Amir for a great length of his lifetime. In the book, Amir had always felt guilty for being the son that murdered his mother and always felt like he had to do something better to earn Baba’s attention. On page 19 he expresses his guilt by saying “because the truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess hadn’t I?
Humans are born to make faults it is what defines character. Guilt and consequences go along side with making mistakes. If humans did not make errors, they would not be the people they are today. Mistakes help shape and teach valuable morals, how a person reacts to these shows how they admirable they truly are. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are two groups of people, the Sunnis and the Shi’as.
In the fiction novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, happiness and redemption are two separate occurrences in life that are achieved in different ways. A critic of the novel writes that The Kite Runner is a “thoughtful book in which redemption and happiness are not necessarily the same thing,” The happiness and redeeming qualities of the characters in the novel are not one and the same; sometimes, one is without the other. This leads to a disconnection between these two aspects. When Amir was a young boy in Afghanistan, the one thing that brought him true happiness was when Baba was proud of him.
Amir and Baba struggle to escape to Pakistan where it is safer and eventually move themselves to America. As Amir finishes college,strives in his writing career, and even gets married, somewhere deep-down he still feels the guilt from the betrayal towards Hassan. One day, Amir gets a call from Rahim Kahn, Baba’s close friend, who still lives in Pakistan. He insists that Amir comes back and visit him because of his poor health and he accepts. After a week,.
Lastly, Amir sacrifices his life to accommodate for Sohrab, Hassan’s son, after being taken by the Taliban. Amir resembles Baba because he too takes up redemption for the awful things he did. He understands the great danger Sohrab is in. He risks his life to help Sohrab; this shows loyalty to Hassan. Even though Sohrab is not Hassan saving his son shows that Amir is loyal to him.
(Pg.301) This quote suggest that Amir realizes that when Baba was hard on him it was because he wanted him to be a better man than Babe. In addition Baba felt like he needed Amir to be a good man and the only way was to be hard on him. Therefore without Baba and the way he was with Amir, He wouldn't have been the man he grew up to be.
The Make-Believe Hero In Kahled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Baba defines the macho man. He commands attention and projects the very image of power and vitality. Physically, his height and strength make him an imposing character, but his attitude makes him a real manly man. He challenges armed soldiers, steps on the toes of religious leaders, and even wrestles a bear.
By Rahim Khan saying this, Amir now understands why Baba always tried to do good, because deep down inside he couldn’t bear to know what he’s done. He couldn’t love Hassan the way he wanted to. That’s why he built the orphanage and did so many other great things so he had something to distract him from his mistake and hopefully feel some redemption. Rahim Khan, Amir and Baba all redeem themselves through Sohrab. “I looked at the round face in the Polaroid again, the way the sun fell on it.
It is delineated by natural inclination that people sympathize with others who undergo an unfortunate circumstance or event. However, this type of behavior is dependent on how one uses prior knowledge to judge whether someone is worthy of sympathy. The idea that people tend to draw conclusions based on other people’s decisions and character remains as one of the many underlying themes in literature. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Amir’s character is considered worthy of sympathy by his redeeming actions towards the end of the novel, his good intentions toward Baba, and his ability to empathize with others.
Baba neglected Amir, which caused him to make poor decisions, while vying for his father’s love. Amir finds his true self and in the end his relationship with Baba helped to form him into the man he was at the end of the novel, one Baba is proud of. A loving and empathetic fatherly figure is necessary in a son’s
The main character had to manage his father’s neglect while growing up. All Amir really wants is to be “looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard” (Hosseini 65), and while this conflict shapes the way that Amir grew up, readers are exposed to the