After lying to Ali about Hassan, he felt uncomfortable being besides Hassan, so he shows his insincerity by putting his new watch under Hassan’s couch so that he and Ali could be fired from the house (Hosseini 104). In the end, both Ali and Hassan leave the house, and Amir destroyed the 40-year friendship of Ali and Baba. Amir demonstrates he is untrustworthy one more time when he breaks the promise with Sohrab. Amir promised Sohrab that he will take him back to America, and he won’t take him into any orphanage. Despite promising Sohrab about not taking him into an orphanage, Amir mentioned told him it was the only way, but Sohrab begged him not to do it: “Please promise you won’t!
Amirs anxiety because of his lack of approval from his father causes him to run from this situation. He needed his fathers approval so badly that he sacrificed a friendship for it. He walked away as his friend got raped, all to conserve a blue kite. During this time of low differentiation Amir made a terrible choice in the face of
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a young, Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee, resulting in Amir having to live with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir constantly deals with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
In a lifetime, everyone will face personal battles and guilt. People find peace of mind through redeeming themselves or making up for their past actions. One of the central themes of the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is whether Amir truly redeemed himself for what he did. He has been living with the guilt from a unspeakable past childhood experience his whole life. He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him.
The person he’s both most fearful to become, while dreading at the same time, that he already had altered to; “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Was it a fair price? … He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” Assef knows no remorse, agony or hardship, just his own superiority over those he deems unworthy. Hosseini gives Assef, and his truths, Amirs recognition, merging fear and anxiety into one and having Amir be in the midst of it all,
(3)1 Even Blackie, the gang’s leader, is intimidated. Later in the story when asked why he’s destroying Old Misery’s house if he doesn’t hate him, Trevor reveals this life-view to Blackie: “All this hate and love, it 's soft, it 's hooey. There 's only things.” (6)1 By suppressing his emotions and keeping them, like his words, to himself Trevor further
He even brands himself with the letter A, a mark of his sins that he is only willing to reveal to himself until the end of the novel. He “stood on the verge of lunacy” (135), tortured by both himself and by Chillingworth. Even when he finally reveals his sin, he dies right after, admitting his cowardice in that he would rather die than experience public shame. He may have lived an easier life had he revealed his secret, but he was too focused on upholding his current moral righteousness that he could not bring himself to divulge his wrongdoings. His own shame was so strong that it led to
In Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Amir watches his servent-friend Hassan get raped, all while doing nothing to help his friend. Amir has multiple chances to redeem himself in the following weeks, yet he decides not to tell anybody about what happened to Hassan. This leads to a feeling of guilt building up in Hassan. This feeling of guilt becomes a positive force in Amir’s life, as Hosseini illustrates a life of positivity in Amir’s attempt to redeem himself and rid himself of his guilt. Soon after Amir witnesses Hassan’s rape, the guilt he feels influences him to avoid Hassan while at their home.
Hassan, on one hand, was brave and did not fear defending people he cared about, like when he, “held the slingshot pointed directly at Assef’s face,” (42) when the bully confronted Amir in an aggressive fashion. When the tables turned and Assef proceeded to rape Hassan, Amir proved to be cowardice by running away because, “[he] was afraid of Assef and what he would do to [him],” (77). Loyalty was also one of Hassan’s prominent qualities as shown when although, “[h]e knew [Amir had] seen everything in that alley,” he was willing to rescue Amir, “once again, maybe for the last time,” (105). Contrastingly, Amir not only betrayed Hassan but attempted to have him and his father dismissed from service by lifting, “Hassan’s mattress and [planting his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it,” (104). Yet despite all this, the two boys still had a sincere love for one another, although it may have been temporarily painful.