Betrayal is an issue many can relate to, whether it is done by a family member or a friend. In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, we witness betrayal play a vital role in the downfall of the main character’s Amir and Hassan’s friendship, and how betrayal was the reason for why Amir sought redemption in hopes to move on. The novel begins with Amir as an adult, recalling an event that took place in 1975 in his hometown Kabul, Afghanistan and how this event was what changed the rest of his life and made him who he now is. Despite this heartbreaking occurrence of Amir’s reluctance to help Hassan while he was being raped, it was the reason for why Amir later decided to be brave and stand up for what he believes in. Hosseini shows us how the Afghani culture and Amir’s reluctance to help
Intro: Critically acclaimed author and psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross once said “Consciously or not, we are all on a quest for answers, trying to learn the lessons of life. We grapple with fear and guilt. We search for meaning, love, and power. We try to understand fear, loss, and time. We seek to discover who we are and how we can become truly happy.” This is a powerful quote explaining that humans are often searching for something in life, whethter they know it or not. Ross shows that searching for answers can cause bad things to happen and in order to get through them, humans search for forgiveness. In essence, humans are always searching for something on their journey through life. In this novel, the author demonstrates the journey of one boy through his struggles with
Redemption Humans are constantly making mistakes. Remorse leads to redemption, thus, Amir’s remorse leads him to seek redemption. Throughout the whole book, Amir is striving for redemption for new and old situations that he finds himself in. He finds that he can not hide from the truth anymore especially when he becomes an adult. That is why redemption is a very important aspect of The Kite Runner.
In a lifetime, everyone will face personal battles and guilt. People find peace of mind through redeeming themselves or making up for their past actions. One of the central themes of the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is whether Amir truly redeemed himself for what he did. He has been living with the guilt from a unspeakable past childhood experience his whole life. He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him.
Shame means that you feel remorse for something weather it is your actions or the actions of another. But having shame about a certain action or event doesn't necessarily mean that you have to regret or even take back what happened because there may be justifications and sometimes you can’t justify how you feel or why you feel that way. That being said shame is both the greatest motivator and the greatest deterrent, a lot of people build their lives around forces like shame.
Looking back now, I realise I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last 26 years” (page 1). The reflective tone seen throughout the quote emphasises the extent of his guilt which captures his inability to confront the past. The included use of imagery and the extended metaphor illustrates the damaging effects that this event (and Hassan) has caused Amir and demonstrates how he can’t progress from the past. Also the personification “past claws its way out”
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a young, Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee, resulting in Amir having to live with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir constantly deals with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
: I noticed that Amir is a new type of person during this fourth of the book. Amir has grown up to be a man with a family, and now has a care free and peaceful life. Since his life before was filled with many challenges and scary situations, he has became more mature rather than a little boy under the protection of his rich and succesful father. But his selfish attitude still lives in his heart, he thought about his own benefit more than others , even for Hassan, a faithful friend who would give his whole entire life for Amir. On page 221 his words shocked me:" Why me? why can 't you pay someone here to go? I 'll pay for it if it 's a matter of money."His first instinct made me feel pity. He did not want to risk himself for his best
Redemption Is Key Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing…” In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the main character Amir relates to this quote by redeeming himself later in life for the evil that he witnessed. Amir realizes that he can’t let his past define him and what he stands for. Throughout the novel Amir realizes “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2); therefore, he puts his desire for redemption and forgiveness into motion.
Even though Amir shattered people’s lives, and had multiple times to redeem the guilt he holds in himself, he is not the greedy young kid he used to be when he was younger. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the author presents the personality of Amir before
“You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it” (Hosseini, 232) This quote in the novel represents the financial gap in Afghanistan. There was a bad side, and a good side in Afghanistan. Amir lived in the wealthy area of Afghanistan with the servants, people of the middle and upper class. Those people lived good, happy lives unlike those of the opposite side of Afghanistan. Most of the country is populated with the people of the poor side.
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. He knew I’d seen everything in that alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time” (ch. 12). Amir
Since Amir left, Afghanistan has becomed unrecognizable, and it is not the same place as it was before he went to America. Farid’s comment condemns Amir and the fact that he has been living a life of privilege in America while the Afghanis have struggled to survive due to wars, violence and political issues. 2. Amir and Hassan’s friendship is full of complications. Fist, Amir envies Hassan because Baba often favors him and, therefore, Amir feels underapreciated by his father.
The Kite Runner has three main parts to the story, it begins with Amir, a man who lives in California who refers back to his childhood memories in Kabul, Afghanistan. These memories affect him and mold him into the man he is. Amir as a child lived in Kabul with his father Baba, who Amir had a troubled relationship with. He had two servants Ali and his son Hassan. The relationship between them is more of a family rather that of servants. Amir’s mother died giving birth to him and Hassan’s mother ran away shortly after he was born. With Ali and Hassan being Hazarats or Shi’a Muslims they don’t have the same status as Amir and Baba being Sunni Muslims. Though Amir and Baba don’t mind it the neighborhood does, this tension occurs throughout the beginning of the story especially in one event the Kite tournament. This is when children fight with their kites and where they try and take out there opposing players kites. When the kite falls down, the person who ‘won’ it runs and get it. Amir wins the kite tournament and let’s Hassan run and get the kite that fell. When Amir goes looking for Hassan he finds him being raped by a group of neighborhood punks, Wali, Kamal, and Assef. Amir even as a grown man is still tormented by guilt that he never helped Hassan. Being a child Amir was too much of a coward to help Hassan, and with the feeling of guilt he couldn’t live with it. He frames
Kite Runner The author of the Kite Runner is Khaled Hoesseini. He was born in 1965 in Afghanistan and then moved to America. Whilst living in America, he published novels one of which is the Kite Runner. The Kite Runner novel is a novel which depicted the Afghanistan condition from fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan trough the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime (Kurilah, 2009)