Amir 's desire to please his father leads him to awful event that stays with him the rest of his life, Hassan getting raped. When Amir is contemplating helping Hassan he states, “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. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini, 77). At the moment all Amir can think about is getting the kite to show Baba and seeing him proud, he wants to help but is young and conflicted.
The force of shame triggered Amir to turn his back on his best friend whom he later finds out is his brother, Hassan. Amir framed Hassan by saying he stole from him, “I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it.” Amir was dishonored by not taking up for Hassan when he was in need of his assistance, so Amir’s shame caught up with him and assumed it would make matters better by attempting to have Baba get rid of him and Ali by framing him. Also, Amir disrespected Hassan and hit him in the chest with a pomegranate, “I hurled the pomegranate at him.”
How do people face injustice, and what are their specific reasons for responding in this nature? When faced in the presence of injustice, some choose to ac and take control; whereas others ignore the plain fact of the certain injustice occurring. Hassan is faced with the horrific event of being sexually assaulted after the kite-fighting tournament. If it wasn’t bad enough that Hassan had to undergo this assault, but his best friend stood there as it happened without saying a word. Hassan is a Hazara which is a type of faith in which a young bully, named Assef, does not favor very much.
In addition, Atticus went against his moral code and principles he had always upheld before, especially in the Tom Robinson trial. Now, Atticus is faced with the decision of abiding by the law or breaking it in order to do the right thing. He knew that incarcerating a man, as withdrawn and solitary as Arthur would have been unforgivable. Especially, after Arthur had performed a great deed by saving his children 's life. He knew that exposing him would be an awful way of repaying him; it would have been like "shooting a mockingbird."
The Selfish Narrator In “The Scarlet Ibis,” Hurst demonstrates excessive pride can lead to a selfish personality by the attitude the narrator takes to his brother, Doodle. When Doodle first walks in front of their family, the narrator feels this emotional thought that “the pride, whose slave I am, which speak louder than all other voices, and that Doodle walked only because” of the selfishness that he has inside of him(9). The narrator knew the selfishness in him which motivates him to keep going, even though he knows it isn’t the right choice. The narrator uses the word “slave”, as if he was trapped in selfishness, only listening to his voice “ which speak louder than all other voices”.
However, Amir’s selfish ambition of proving his worth to this dad resisted his urge to try to help Hassan as he wants to able to take the kite home safely. Moreover, Amir presumes that his betrayal towards Hassan is like a curse in his life since he will not be able to forgive himself for this deception or free himself from the guilt that has taken over his
In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the author leads the reader to believe that Amir, in the beginning, is selfish. At the start of the book, he shows Amir making fun of Hassan's illiteracy, along with making many snide remarks. By doing this, Amir is subtly reminding Hassan of his superiority. Amir also gives us another glimpse of his selfishness when he watches Hassan get raped. Amir decides to be a bystander instead of standing up for his good and faithful friend because he is afraid of getting hurt.
It is during this time that Hassan set to run the losing kite after Amir had won the tournament only to be trapped at the end of an alley by three boys, Assef, Kamal and Wali. Assef rapes him with the help of other boys and Amir saw it happen. Despite the fact that Amir saw what happened to Hassan, he did not help him but instead pretended not to have seen anything which causes him a lot of guilt after the two drifted away. Later, Amir would leave the country to Pakistan and then
In the story the Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst the narrator knows what he did was wrong. In the end, he realized that his own pride was the downfall for his own little brother. For wanting a normal little brother and not a crippled one. As stated on page 2 “ It was bad enough having an invalid brother, but having one who possibly was not all there was unbearable, so I began to make my plans to kill him by smothering him with a pillow”. Clearly, in this sentence, it shows that the narrator would rather have no brother at all than having one that is crippled.
Amir is the kite fighter, and Hassan is the kite runner (the one who catches the defeated kite after it falls from the sky), famed for his ability to know where the kite will fall without even looking. When Amir becomes tournament champion for the very first time, and earns his father’s respect he has longed for, Hasan get bullied and raped by Assef, who bullied Amir because of his friendship with Hassan. Having witnessed his friend being raped and yet too afraid to help him or act, Amir is incapable of facing Hassan. Thus, he fakes an accusation of Ali which leads to him being dismissed from the house by Baba, in attempt to get rid of the guilt he feels towards his
For the entirety of Amir’s childhood, he had been neglected of Baba’s affection and approval, and this lead him to believe that the blue kite was the only way for him to win his father’s heart. This desire of Amir to acquire Baba’s love, ultimately lead him to disappointment Hassan, and not intervene in his rape. Consequently, Baba is responsible for Amir’s actions that are taken out of jealousy and cowardice. These feelings had falsely convinced Amir that Hassan would have to be his sacrifice, and be the one to atone his suffering, so he can live
It is very ironic because while at the Front, all the men were discussing on what they are planning to do once the get home, but reality is nothing will ever be the same, wherever they go. Paul was the first to exhibit that loss of hope. I agree with the main thesis of this book that war is uncalled for, it is just a game that ruins innocent lives of the young population while the nations that they are fighting for are using them as toys, all just politics. The main thesis of this book is so easily shut down, but all it is is the truth, unfortunately wars are gruesome, gory, and
Amir tried to make his father proud, but no matter what he did, it never seemed to work. He would listen to Baba about all of his rants, one of them being about sins. Baba sat Amir on his lap and told him "when you kill a man, you steal a life...when you tell a lie, you steal someone 's right to the truth" (18). Amir knew Baba felt strongly about the sin of theft, but he
Similar to that of a kite’s composition, a degree of irony is woven into the friendship of Amir and Hassan. The kite’s characteristic beauty deceives onlookers as to its ruthless intentions; rather than simply displaying the kite’s graceful movements and appearance, kite fighters aim to destroy and capture their opponents. Likewise, while socially and culturally Amir is superior in education and power, an evaluation of loyalty and courage reveals that the lower-class Hazara servant maintains dominance. In fact, Hassan is able to forgive Amir for his betrayal decades before Amir is able to forgive himself, shown in his yearning “to rekindle things between [them]” (87-88). Amir understands his elevated social standing, but also recognizes Hassan’s superior self-confidence and forgiveness.
Deception is important to The Kite Runner because of how it changes the course of characters lives. ||Deception is defined as the act of deceiving someone. In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, deception is woven throughout the book like a web. In the past we have brought up as a class that the book is really about Hassan, just viewed through the lense of Amir. Since the book is told from Amir’s perspective, he is connected in some way to each of these lies.