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.
This little flashback of Amir’s shows that all these years, Amir never redeemed himself, therefore he had to learn to bury his sins with guilt. One may infer that in order to break free from our guilt, we need to do something to redeem ourself, may come in the form of atonement. For some, atonement may simply come in the form of forgiveness from the person we hurt. For example, in the story of Jacob and Esau, when the two brothers finally reunited, Esau hugged and kissed Jacob, and was surprised that he thought there would be any hard feelings between them. In this way, Jacob’s sins were made up for, simply by seeking forgiveness.
This explains that Amir has the chance to be a good person. Amir’s guilty conscience had hunted his life since his childhood. Amir had the chances of telling the truth about what he’d done to Hassan but he chose to be deceptive. While in America, his life was clouded with an atmosphere of guilt and shame for leaving Hassan. It seemed like the guiltiness of what he’d done to Hassan in the past is suffocating his life by making him unhappy.
He tries to redeem himself from what he did to Hassan. Amir doesn't know why he needs to go against, all he knows is that Rahim Khan needs him to come. ¨ I lay in the dark of the night Rahim Khan called and traced with my eyes the parallel silver lines on the wall made by the moonlight pouring through the blinds¨ (Hosseini 194). Amir's Moral ambiguity comes in when he decides to come back to Afghanistan. He decides to come so he can redeem himself from all the evil things he did while he was there.
In Khaled Hosseini’s the Kite Runner, Amir initially tried to hide from the responsibility of Hassan’s rape, but when he takes responsibility and finds Sohrab, he finds forgiveness within himself. When Hassan was raped during Amir’s childhood, he takes the blame on himself, but instead of seeking forgiveness from Hassan he hides from his problems. This is clearly seen when he hides the money and watch under Hassan’s pillow, and starts him on a long road of regret and guilt,which is further worsened by Hassan taking the blame for his actions. “I loved him in that moment…I wasn't worthy of this sacrifice; I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief...except that part of me was glad...that this would all be over soon” (105). When Hassan takes credit for
In the story the Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst the narrator knows what he did was wrong. In the end, he realized that his own pride was the downfall for his own little brother. For wanting a normal little brother and not a crippled one. As stated on page 2 “ It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make my plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow”. Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled.
Guilt is a major theme that intertwines the luxurious novels, as both the protagonists Amir, from The Kite Runner, and Piscine who is known as Pi, from Life of Pi, struggle due to guilt. To begin, in The Kite Runner the main protagonist Amir, a conflicted boy, makes some rash decisions which leads him to feel guilty. The reason why guilt eats Amir’s soul is because he sees his best friend/step-brother,Hassan, get rapped right in front of his eyes, and Amir did nothing about it. The reason why Amir is nothing to stop this horrendous act from taking place is because he was angry at Hassan for stealing Baba’s, Amir’s father, affection from him. Even though, Hassan did not intend to “sweep” Baba’s affection towards his way.
If you’re willing to switch sides, because you don’t want to die, you don’t deserve to live if you’re not living for your country. Overall, Benedict Arnold was a good guy who made a bad mistake. Benedict Arnold left the legacy of a traitor, and he taught us all that we should fight hard. Even if he did make mistakes, even a huge one like switching allegiance to the opposing force, he taught us that we should fight until the
With a little boy, An orphan, Hassan’s son, Somewhere in Kabul.” (Hosseini, 247) This statement shows that in order to compensate for his past action; His only choice is to rescue Sohab which he accomplished. This reveals that despite Amir’s coward and arrogant attitude shown towards Hassan during his childhood days; His valuable action of saving Sohrab eventually leads to release some of his burden and guilt at being a bystander, framing Hassan for theft and deep grief in Baba. In result, Hassan’s son will not end up like his father dying brutally due to his heritage and ethnic. Another indisputable action of Amir seeking redemption is shown when he stated to Sohrab “For you, a thousand times over” (Hosseini, 399). This statement declares Amir’s strong desire of providing Sohrab sense of happiness, security and loyalty which he did not provide to Hassan.
Okonkwo's temper always manages to shine through, Things Fall Apart depicts this perfectly by stating, “It is not only Ikemefuna who feels fear… every nerve in Okonkwo tells him this is wrong, but when the moment comes, he kills his adopted son.” The inability for Okonkwo to be weak makes him solely cruel and with a weak father like Unoka he felt forced to adapt opposite ideals. Chinua Achebe shows how Okonkwo had to make a life for himself as his father had not allowed for many opportunities for him to come in play. Later the author of the article, Psychology & Behavioral Health Vol.2 the author talks about the motivation that it takes to overcome and cope with the fears that prohibit him from growing and being he optimal version of himself. Fight or flight is described as a physiological
Amir find’s in himself an understanding “that nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay to win Baba”(82). After the rape, the innocence, and the purity of the relationship between the boys dies, and Amir exclaims he “was just a Hazara”(82). In this story the blue kite is an object that causes the dynamic of the relationship between the boys to change. For Amir the blue kite is an object that he finds himself needing to acquire under any circumstances, even if that meant abusing the loyalty and respect that Hassan held for him.