The Importance Of Guilt In The Kite Runner

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Guilt is an emotion that comes from believing one was responsible for a particular mistake whether the assessment was accurate or not. (Powell)It can be described as “a bothered conscience” or “a feeling of culpability for offences”. One feels guilty when there is a feeling of responsibility for an action one regrets. (Barker, Guilt and Shame).A wrongdoer must deal with guilt by making atonement- by making reparation and penance.
How a person deals with guilt long term is what really affects their future. As said by Baba in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, “It may not be fair, but what happens in a couple of days, even a single day, can change the course of an entire lifetime” (Hosseini, page no.131). Therefore, one should redeem oneself and should not let guilt govern their future.
In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the protagonist Amir craves his Baba’s attention for his Baba never thought he was like him and thus, barely made any effort to have a conversation with his son. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him. Not at all.” (Hosseini, page no.18) .Amir takes his Baba’s affection toward Hassan-Baba’s servants’ son-in the wrong way for Hassan always showed a lot more similar qualities to Baba than Amir ever did. In an attempt to win his Baba’s

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