The Kite Runner – Quotation Analysis Quotation Context Significance 1 “[….] 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 been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” (Hosseini, 1) This line is spoken by Amir to the readers after receiving a call from his father’s close friend named Rahim Khan from Afghanistan. At this moment. Amir is in San Francisco and is thirty-eight years old. This quotation contains a foreshadowing that connects back to one of the major conflicts in this novel, which is person versus themselves. Amir sees Hassan getting raped in a deserted alley but does not try to do anything to stop it, instead, he runs away. Therefore, he cannot …show more content…
[….] I understood the nature of my new curse: I wasn’t going to get away with it. I thought about Hassan’s dream [….] There is no monster, he’d said, just water [….] There was a monster in the lake [….] [It was me].” ( Hosseini, 91) This line is spoken by Amir to the readers when he self-realizes the consequences, he is going to face due to his betrayal towards Hassan. This quotation is relevant because this is the beginning of Amir’s conflict with himself. A few days after Hassan’s sexual assault, Amir realizes the foreshadowing of Hassan’s dream and believes that he is similar to the monster from Hassan’s dream. This is because Amir is the main reason Hassan got raped and if he had got someone’s help to rescue him, then Hassan would have never been assaulted in the first place. 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
The saddest part was that Amir was there watching from a distance and was unwilling to help his best friend due to his lack of courage and inability to stand up for himself. Up until adulthood, Amir had to carry the baggage of betraying Hassan by not being there when he most needed him, this guilt tormented him to the point where he moved to America with his dad, Baba, as a way to escape his
For the most part I enjoyed the novel as I began reading because I am intrigued by different cultures like to compare and contrast between each other. One of the things that I liked about the book, was that it was fairly fast paced and not as dull or slow as some of the other books that I have read throughout other classes. Just reading up to where we are I found the messages in the previous chapters to be quite moving especially the one where Hassan smashes the pomegranate on his head, symbolizing the second rape, in front of Amir. The “conflict” between Hassan and Amir, I feel makes the reader pick sides, which many of whom would be on the side of Hassan. Due to the fact that throughout the novel he doesn 't let go of the loyalty he has to his best friend, despite what Amir has done to him.
(77). In this quote Amir shows his selfishness in the quest for Baba’s affection. He points out that “nothing is free” as he is talking about the love that he yearns for from his father, because he craves this affection so strongly he allows Hassan to be injured as the price to attain Baba’s love. Amir views Hassan as expendable; he blatantly points out that Hassan “is the price he has to pay” as if Hassan was an object, not a human. The innocence of Hassan is shown when he becomes a
(194). Hosseini alludes to rape of Hassan to show Amir’s guilt. Just before Amir finds Hassan being raped, Hassan had yelled For you, a thousand times over! to Amir. Amir was questioning whether or not he should return to Afghanistan, but his guilt returned to him in the form of a dream.
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. Amir is a character that is very concerned with what people think about him which leads him to publicly detaches himself from Hassan.
Hassan ends up being trapped and raped in the alleyway with Amir watching. Amir could have intervened but did not. This leads to Amir hating Hassan because he did not know how to handle his guilt. Amir and his father travel to America where his father eventually dies and Amir grows up. Years later Amir goes back to Kabul
The author provides the reader with mixed feeling about Amir. In his childhood in Kabul Amir comes off as heartless person. He is this because he has done evil stuff in his life. In the beginning of the story something bad happens to Hassan, Amir says,¨In the end, I ran.
Initially, Amir appears to be empathetic; however, he lacks the courage to stand up for his beliefs, causing his immense guilt. While in Jalalabad, Amir reflects on a dream that Hassan previously shared with him. The dream had “no monster, [Hassan] said, just water… [Amir] was the monster” (86). Amir’s guilt from not standing up for Hassan is demonstrated in how he views himself as the monster from Hassan’s dream.
To undo this guilt he does different actions in the positive way that show how his actions are now used for positive good deeds. Amir grows to become someone willing to die for Sohrab and believes Sohrab to be a part of his family which is ironic because Hassan was never able to become a part of their family due to social pressures. After Amir recognizes that Hassan knew all along Amir has a bigger feeling of guilt which is only washed away through constant deeds. One service is when Amir places the crumpled money for a positive outcome rather than to chase someone out, “ Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress ( 242) ”. As Amir grows as a character after ridding himself of different guilts he develops and grows by changing different actions that he has committed in the past as a sin.
By experiencing cruelty and the obstacles of ethnic differences, Amir’s closest and most loyal companion, Hassan, must deal with the issues that uncover the negative side of society causing Hassan’s loss of innocence throughout The Kite Runner. The foremost goal of Hosseini describing Hassan’s transformation from an ingenuous child to an individual warped by humanity’s imposed malevolence is to accentuate the character’s loss of innocence. As immorality shatters the purity within his life, Hassan encounters spite that is forced upon him, which contributes to the demise of his childhood naivety; for example, Amir views Hassan being sexually assaulted and threatened due to his ethnicity: “Hassan didn’t struggle. Didn’t even whimper. He moved
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.
The writer also makes use of the pronoun ‘I’ throughout the poem. Using a personal pronoun illustrates the fact the text is about self-reference. The person who is narrating the story is Amir. For this reason, this text can be thus regarded as having a narrative literary style.
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
Also, Amir is afraid to be Hassan’s true friend because it would expose him to the discrimination that the Hazaras face. Second, Amir feels unworthy of Hassan because Hassan sceified himself so that Amir could have the kite and be seen as a winner in his fathers eyes. So, Amir