Amir’s main enemy is guilt because it leads him to blame himself for the death of his mother and for his father’s lack of acceptance of him. Amir takes it upon himself to say that it is his fault that his mother is dead, and that he is the sole reason why his father does not like him for the way he is. He blames himself instead of blaming the possible natural causes of why his mother is dead - he does not let it go. He also does not accept who he is for who he is to his father, he feels the need that his father’s acceptance is not good enough; thus, he seeks the love he needs by doing what his father likes despite disliking such activities himself (examples, sports). Amir does not take in account that there are more reasons outside of his control for why things happen, why the …show more content…
He loved you both, but he could not love Hassan the way he longed to, openly, and as a father. So he took it out on you instead - Amir, the social legitimate half, the half that represented the riches he had inherited and the sin-with-impunity privileges that came with them. When he saw you, he saw himself. And his guilt. You are still angry and I realize it is far too early to expect you to accept this, but maybe someday you will see that when your father was hard on you, he was also being hard on himself, Your father, like you, was a tortured soul, Amir jan (Hosseini 301). Another quote shows that Rahim Khan shows that he is trying to explain to Amir how Baba was torn between loving two children. Baba has a difficult time trying to show affections toward Amir mainly due to the fact that he is trying to show love to two children, Amir and Hassan. Although Amir’s character traits do play a role in Baba’s liking, Baba is stuck between two worlds trying to love and care for two children, and Amir does not realize this. Amir takes it upon himself, to blame himself, that he is solely the reason why Baba does not like
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father figure on a child's moral development and decision-making. Baba's emphasis on competition, success, and the pursuit of power at all costs shaped Amir's values and behavior, leading him to prioritize his own needs over the well-being of his friend. The incident also illustrates the theme of betrayal, as Amir's failure to stand up for Hassan represents a betrayal of their friendship and a failure to uphold basic human values of compassion and justice. This quotation serves as a powerful example of the complex ways in which father figures can impact the lives of their children, shaping their moral compass, relationships, and decisions in profound ways. Had Amir not experienced neglect from his father, he would have likely defended Hassan
When growing up, Amir mistreated Hassan and took advantage of Hassan’s kindness and friendship. In one instance, Amir witnessed Hassan being raped by another boy, and he did nothing to stop it. Amir’s guilt from this event haunts him his whole life living in America and impacts his decisions. His journey shows his growth and is seen in his selfless actions. Throughout the novel,
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.
Because of his quiet manner, Baba believes Amir will never be brazen or bold. Assef felt no compunction for the pain he caused Hassan as a child because of his religious and social beliefs. The hospital was a din of screaming patients due to the massacre this morning at Mazar-i-Sharif.
The final guilt Amir struggles with is his guilt of apathy where he physically commits the action and instead of standing as a bystander becomes the person who committed the act, which gives him a different form of guilt. Amir feels apathy guilt through betraying his friend and kicking Hassan out of the house because he is a witness to the crime Amir has committed. Amir has guilt because he chases Hassan out, “I flinched, like I’d been slapped… Then I understood: This was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me… And that led to another understanding: Hassan knew.
Amir makes hassan look like a thief by “planting [his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under [the mattress]” (Hosseini 104). Hassan knew of Amirs intentions that Amir wanted him to leave so Hassan lies and says that he stole it in order to remain loyal with his friend Amir. Thus, Hassan and his father Ali, feel like they can no longer serve Baba or Amir anymore and leave forever; Amir never sees him again. It was then that Amir realized how much of a horrible person he was and how undeserving he was to have Hassan. His father realized it was him and forgave him even though his father said “theft is unforgivable.”
This is a dream that Hassan has on the night before the kite fighting tournament. However, Hassan could also be lying to Amir about having this dream. I think he might be telling Amir this because he wants him to feel more brave towards the competition. The fact that Hassan follows him in the water must mean that he will always be there to support Amir in the competition. If the dream was real, Hassan really thinks Amir is brave, and he knows it is his duty to support him.
(Pg.301) This quote suggest that Amir realizes that when Baba was hard on him it was because he wanted him to be a better man than Babe. In addition Baba felt like he needed Amir to be a good man and the only way was to be hard on him. Therefore without Baba and the way he was with Amir, He wouldn't have been the man he grew up to be.
The Make-Believe Hero In Kahled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Baba defines the macho man. He commands attention and projects the very image of power and vitality. Physically, his height and strength make him an imposing character, but his attitude makes him a real manly man. He challenges armed soldiers, steps on the toes of religious leaders, and even wrestles a bear.
Everyone makes mistakes, commits sins or does some bad deeds. As time goes by, one is unable to live with all the guilt from these sins and mistakes. One regrets it, repents it and does all sorts of things to make it right. Ultimately one only looks for ways to forgive oneself and this requires the atonement of past sins. Atonement in real life refers to the actions of making amends for a wrong or an injury.
By Rahim Khan saying this, Amir now understands why Baba always tried to do good, because deep down inside he couldn’t bear to know what he’s done. He couldn’t love Hassan the way he wanted to. That’s why he built the orphanage and did so many other great things so he had something to distract him from his mistake and hopefully feel some redemption. Rahim Khan, Amir and Baba all redeem themselves through Sohrab. “I looked at the round face in the Polaroid again, the way the sun fell on it.
Rahim acts as a physical link between the characters and themes of the story, a middleman that deepens the context of the plot. The role of a father-figure, shared by Baba and Rahim Khan is a complex relationship that heavily impacts Amir’s actions and emotions. Whilst Baba is the biological father and role model of Amir, it is Rahim Khan who is the one to provide emotional support, and stability. Amir’s selfish tendencies are a result of the lack of affection that is given to him by Baba, a man who wants to, but struggles to find similarities between himself and Amir.
Baba neglected Amir, which caused him to make poor decisions, while vying for his father’s love. Amir finds his true self and in the end his relationship with Baba helped to form him into the man he was at the end of the novel, one Baba is proud of. A loving and empathetic fatherly figure is necessary in a son’s