Morality In The Kite Runner

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Morality can be defined as the ability to distinguish good from bad. Morality is explored through the authors use of technique so that the reader is able to perceive a particular position intended by the author. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini examines the guilt and the growth of the protagonist, Amir. Amir descends from the upper echelons of Afghan society to the depths of morality as he experiences the damnation of guilt. The Kite Runner is set in Kabul, Afghanistan during the 1970’s as well as California, America. Hosseini’s use of language, sin and redemption reveal to us the foundations of moral growth. As Amir ages, he experiences and grows to understands guilt and remorse. His actions and growth allow the reader to observe a journey of discovery that involve cowardice, escapism and remorse which ultimately leads to redemption.

Hosseini utilizes the language of innocence and fear in order for the reader to better understand Amir’s moral growth. The beginning of The Kite Runner accentuates the childlike consciousness of Amir. Hosseini’s use of rudimentary grammatical structures and childish language such as “they clapped for a long time.” and “he never told on me” reflect to the reader the child’s perspective. Amir affectionately refers to his father as “Baba” the colloquial language of Amir further serves to underscore his childlike consciousness. The language of innocence is replaced by the language of fear and anxiety. Amir’s largely monosyllabic vocabulary is
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