The Kite Runner Guilt Theme Essay

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"What goes around comes back around."Meaning, a person's actions, whether it is good or bad, will often have consequences for that person. Guilt is a feeling of remorse for something that was done, such as, crime whether it's fiction or nonfiction. In Khaled Hosseini's novel, The Kite Runner,it was clearly seen that guilt was one of the most relevant themes. Amir expresses his guilt through his actions, insecurities, and his incapability to defend himself.
Guilt controls people's lives by making them feel regretful, keeping that person stuck in their past situation. “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have
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Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that desert alley for the last twenty-six years”(1). Amir constantly relives the moment of Hassan getting raped by Assef, in which he feels compunctuous for his cowardice. Knowing now that Hassan was not just Amir’s servant but also his half brother. Amir wishes he could have defended Hassan during the incident instead of running away but Amir knew what would happen to him if he did help Hassan. This shows how Amir's guilt controlled his life, and how he was unable to determine what was wrong and what was right. Guilt is a motivation that impacts many lives. Guilt is a guide to help people find redemption so they are able to move on. It keeps people stuck in their past, it impacts a person's self esteem, and also Amir's guilt reminded him of his cowardice in the winter of 1975. All in all, guilt not only affects a person's life, it stays with them forever, no matter how hard they try to forget it or run away from
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