Irony is found in many ways of literature, and the book The Kite Runner is one of them. The protagonist, Amir is witness of a terrible crime being committed to his friend, but Amir does nothing to stop it from happening. Hosseini uses this situation in the book to show how Amir was acting selfish. This act of selfishness leads to guilt later on. According to (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-kite-runner/themes.html) “Amir becomes exactly the sort of coward Baba worried Amir would become” (1).
One of the few themes that Khaled Hosseini expresses in his novel The Kite Runner is betrayal. Betrayal is defined as misleading/deceiving someone’s trust. This is clearly being demonstrated by Amir, Baba, and other people in society. In the novel, the main character Amir betrayed his friend Hassan by watching him get raped then turned his back on him and ran. According to the text, Amir stated to the readers, “I stopped watching, turned away from the alley…I had one last choice to make a decision…In the end, I ran.” (Hosseini, 67-68).
It was the cause of everything. Amir betrayed Hassan by not stopping Hassan’s rape. However, this betrayal mentally affected Amir more than it affected Hassan. This betrayal overwhelmed Amir with guilt, causing him to betray his friend Hassan even more. Amir threw pomegranates at Hassan and framed Hassan for thief.
Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life [...] you steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness [...] there is no act more wretched than stealing’” (Hosseini .15), this example shows that Baba did just this, he stole Hassan’s right to the truth, his right to know about his real father and Amir’s right to know that Hassan was his brother. When readers realize this, many will look down upon Baba, but Baba always taught Amir that theft was the worst sin so that Amir wouldn't make the same mistakes.
Readers first observe this whenever Amir secretly stands and watches Hassan get raped by the bully, Assef. He didn’t intervene because he knew Assef would do the same to him and his main goal was not to let Assuf see him. Another example of this is whenever Amir hides money in Hassam's bed to make it seems as if he was stealing. His goal was to get Hassan kicked out of his home. As Amir grows older, his childhood secrets divulged and he begins to feel guilty for what he did to Hassan.
The main event that betrayal is shown is when Amir did not speak up while Hassan was abused. Hassan has stood up for Amir in every circumstance. That is utter betrayal to do that to someone you consider your brother. To even worsen the situation, Amir said that Hassan stole his watch which led to Ali and Hassan moving away. Another instance betrayal is shown is how Baba is Hassan's father which means that he betrayed his best friend Ali.
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Amir struggles to cope with his inaction during Hassan’s rape. Overwhelmed with guilt, Amir devises a plan to get Hassan and Ali dismissed so they would no longer be a constant reminder of all the times Hassan had protected him and his failure to do the same. The guilt of betraying Hassan burdens him for years, and even after he and Baba move to America, he carries the weight of his actions with him. However, after he accepts Rahim Khan’s request to rescue Sohrab and bring him to safety, Amir strives to leave behind the selfishness and cowardice he had previously succumbed to. Amir progressively begins to forgive himself for his injustices towards Hassan as he recognizes his evolution from a coward
In the course of the play Haemon presents himself as a defender of Antigone 's actions and sense of morality which involves her determination to bury her deceased brother, Polyneices who has been sentenced as a traitor by Creon. The father and son part in anger, as he demands his father to make the right judgment for Theban society by granting Antigone’s request, while his father follows his obstinate path of aggression. Haemon’s actions eventually lead him to commit suicide due to his desperate situation, this eventually leads to the death of his mother when she also takes her own life. The death of his family ultimately lead to Creon 's insanity at the play 's climax.  Haemon 's entrance in Antigone takes place right after he was informed of father’s verdict on Antigone’s life.
His first indication of his egotistic behavior is when he embarks on the task of creating life. His egotism and cowardice manifest itself even more when it not only leads to the death of his younger brother William, but also to that of Justine the young girl accused of murder, and his childhood friend Clerval( Storment, 2002). Victor claims at hand to admit to the murder so that he will be incarcerated however, he abstains from coming clean in light of the fact that he is embarrassed about himself and his unsuccessful experiment which has hurt his sense of self-pride furthermore society
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Amir’s jealousy of Hassan pushes him to commit vengeful and manipulative deeds to someone who has undying admiration and loyalty towards him. Amir’s need to impress his father, in this case, the kite tournament, singles the start of his redemption journey. Hassan, in Amir’s eyes, is someone who he has no emotional connection, strictly a employer-servant relationship. However, the substantial event that sparks a considerable amount of guilt and shame in Amir is the event he witnessed involving Hassan and his lack of initiative afterwards. Everytime he sets out to redeem himself, Hassan becomes collateral damage; Amir’s quest to find redemption takes form in multiple ways throughout the novel.