Quotes In The Kite Runner

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Chapters 24-25 of The Kite Runner focus of Amir and Sohrab’s relationship, both in Afghanistan and America. Amir not being a father to any actual children has to begin to watch over Sohrab like he is his own son. Their first day in the hotel the two are staying in Amir wakes up in the morning and looks over to Sohrab’s bed and he isn’t there. Amir instantly panics and searches all around the hotel for Sohrab. Suddenly, an idea comes to Amir’s mind that Sohrab went to the mosque the two has passed on their way to town. Getting the hotel manager to rush him to the mosque; when Amir arrives, he finds Sohrab, and his nervousness settles. Sitting outside of the mosque, Amir and Sohrab have one of their first conversations, this means so much to…show more content…
With the question of returning to America still lingering between the two of them, all Amir can think of is having to prove his worthiness to Sohrab. This quote from Amir shows how desperate he is for Sohrab to accept him and his promise to take him to America. “I had played a cruel game with Hassan that day, toyed with him, asked him if he would chew dirt to prove his loyalty to me. Now I was the one under the microscope, the one who had to prove my worthiness. I deserved this (355).” This passage goes back to when Amir was a kid, and how on multiple occasions had asked Hassan to prove that he was a loyal friend to him. The way that the author, Khaled Hosseini, flashed back to Amir’s childhood, shows the pain Amir has to feel in his present life trying to prove he can be loyal to Sohrab. I think the author is once again showing the emotional pain from Amir’s past with the rape to now having to deal with the repercussions of keeping it a secret for so long. Like Hassan did for him, Amir now has to prove himself worthy and loyal to Sohrab in order for them to have a trusting relationship. I believe that the way Hosseini wrote these sentences shows how Amir is having to pay an emotional price for his actions in the past. Even though Amir takes the fight with Assef over Sohrab as a physical punishment for his wrongdoing,…show more content…
Even though he doesn’t speak a lot in the novel, I can tell that from his rough past that he has been damaged emotionally. Sohrab barely opens up to Amir which makes me think he has a hard time trusting anyone, especially the adults in his life. From completely shutting himself off when he arrives in America, it is easy to tell that he is afraid to open up and trust the people around him. When I think of Sohrab and how it is hard for him to trust people, I think of myself. I didn’t have an awful childhood like Sohrab that gave me trust issues, but I think just living in today’s world it is hard to completely trust people. Sometimes I think it’s better to be quiet and not say much in some situations because you don’t always know how your words can be interpreted. Especially if you have been in situations where your trust in someone is diminished, it can change who you are as a person, and how much you trust others. At younger ages, it’s easier to trust everyone you meet since you are naive and inexperienced, but I think it’s good that Sohrab knows to be careful who to trust. Just like Sohrab is weary in trusting people, I myself feel the same with some friendships I have and new people I
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