He was obedient. Amir feels guilty because Hassan was raped by a Pashtun and Amir just didn’t do anything. He wants to ‘be good again’; however, he was not heroic enough to do so. The author consecutively reminds Amir about the ‘rape’ as a central moment throughout the text and makes him remorseful. Yet, ‘Human-beings’ will always tend to be like Amir.
I believe the true question he is trying to get the readers to ask themselves is “why should we live a morally upright life if tragedy strikes us all equally anyway?” For example, a character named Gabriel is always responsible and cautious, and others, like Sergeant Troy who is the complete opposite, is careless and destructive. One thing I learned from this book by asking myself this question is, we should live a morally upright life because of the same reason why we shouldn’t lie or cheat. It is something we are taught. I can easily relate the quote “don’t do unto others as you wouldn’t want done to you”. These quotes are set into place to make you question the decisions that you make and I think Thomas Hardy does a great job at making us look at things in a different perspective.
One of the main themes in The Kite Runner is forgiveness. It is shown in many different ways throughout the book and mainly revolves around how Amir wants to be forgiven for not helping Hassan when Hassan needed help the most. Amir cannot live with the guilt and feels a strong need to find redemption after he betrays Hassan. Hassan, who has always helped him and stood up for him in the past, got raped while Amir was watching and cowardly refuses to intervene. Amir couldn’t live with the guilt, so he framed Hassan for stealing objects from the house.
Li Cunxin, in his blog, writes that at the end of the story, it is learned by the readers that Baba turned out to be a thief who stole the truth from Amir and Hassan. 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
Amir, in his childhood, was an example of this. He tried to be how Baba and society wanted him to be but never could do it. He was never the masculine or perfect son that Baba desired. An example of this is when Baba responds to him asking if he has considered new servants, “I’ve never laid a hand on you, Amir, but if you say that again… You bring me shame.” (77) Amir was a shy, artistic, yet good kid, when society wanted him to be athletic, outgoing, and like Baba. Hassan and Rahim Khan were always there to encourage him to be himself, but his desire to impress Baba outweighed it.
He wanted to follow the path that society lead him on. In doing so, “At school he had done things which had formally seemed to him very horrid and made him feel disgusted with himself when he did them” (Leo Tolstoy, 105), he sacrificed his own moral values to fit in. If everyone else was doing something wrong, like a sheep Ivan would too. Ivan won 't be free until he gives up material things. Ivan surrounds himself with material items.
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.
He gained his wisdom through rich life experience. As Salzman first appeared, author indicated Salzman was a man with wisdom through “his wisp of beard” . That was why Salzman would knew that Leo should be the right one who could save his daughter. Leo was inexperienced at first. Every time after he met someone, he would suffered from his innocence of society, as which made him realize and knew himself weakness.
Just after Oedipus hears what he said he starts to aggrieve him by saying that he is a blind prophet and that he cannot say anything to hurt him or any people who can see. Oedipus’s thoughts about his evil plan start arising because of his own pridefulness; he thinks that everybody in Thebes treasure him so much that they want to take over his power and that is also why Teiresias tells him that he is the real killer of the king. On the other hand, the audience knows that his thoughts are wrong and that Creon is the one who is telling us the whole truth about Oedipus. That is where dramatic irony occurs in the story again and the audience realizes that Oedipus in reality doesn’t see anything and is blinded from the truth; when the prophet in fact know everything even though he is blind. Thereafter getting no information
Clear by the fact that not even trees remain, rendering the landscape oddly desolate • This quote underlines the importance of how Baba was guilty for keeping this huge secret of Hassan being Amir’s half-brother and because of the guilt inside Baba, he took it out on Amir and treated Amir poorly. Baba also cannot love Hassan openly because of the status that is in Kabul Back then. • Rahim Khan’s tone is sincerity and soft as he realizes that Amir has never stopped feeling guilty for not stopping Assef when he took Hassan’s innocence. • Rahim Khan knows that Amir is never going to find reconciliation unleased he manages to forgive. • This is ironic because Amir learns the Taliban officials that he must save Sohrab from is no other than the person that raped Hassan.