Amir also realizes why Baba had helped all those people and why Baba tried to treat both him and Hassan as equally as possible. This attracts the reader's attention because now we know that Baba was never perfect but tried his hardest to redeem himself. In chapter 3, Baba tells Amir ‘“There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.
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
The triangle between the males seems to be most impacted by Hassan. One day at the kite running race, as Hassan is running down Amir’s kite, he encounters Assef and two other boys. As Hassan is maliciously abused and raped, Amir watches him in shock and runs away thinking; “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel.
Following their victory, Hassan goes to retrieve the final kite while yelling back to Amir, “For you a thousand times over!” Hassan is missing for a while leading to Amir’s suspicion of his whereabouts. Hassan had came upon the neighborhood boys who caused him and Amir trouble earlier in the story. The leader of the group, Assef, rapes Hassan. Amir goes searching for him, and watches the whole experience. He hides behind a wall, and does nothing.
Later, Amir presents himself as the true monster as he shows his selfish and cowardly aspects. Amir was so nervous that he almost wanted to give up the contest, but Hassan reminded him that “there’s no monster,” and Amir was again astonished at Hassan’s intuition. Amir wondered if Hassan had made up his dream merely to solace him. He felt somewhat better, and they began to fly their kite. One blue kite specifically cuts a lot of its competitors, and Amir kept his eye onto it.
He wish that he can use the slingshot to scare away Assef to protect Amir. Hassan did this does not show he was a brave person. “I had to strain to hear the fear that I knew hid under that calm voice.” (Hosseini, 46) He was scared at the time. Yet he can do anything for Amir as long as protect Amir from not getting any hurt. “Amir Agha won the tournament and I ran this kite for him.
As a result, he often has difficulty relating to his son, leading him to think that “there is something missing in [Amir]”, because he is not like himself (Hosseini 24). Amir continuously tries to impress Baba, a longing that has a lasting negative impact, as he bases his self-worth on the approval his father. As a result, Amir develops a habit of being overly jealous towards people, such as Hassan, that hold Baba’s interest. Even trivial items-such as the construction of the orphanage-have the power to provoke
Amir feels guilty for his indolence during the incident that occured in the alleyway. This overthinking condition that fall over Amir displays the internal struggle with himself and his moral conscience, creating feelings of regret for not giving back to Hassan’s benign loyalty. As time goes on, Amir requests Hassan to come with him to the hill. When they reach there, Amir asks what Hassan would do if he threw pomegranate seeds at Hassan. Amir then pelts Hassan with the pomegranate seeds, until he cries, “What am I going to do with you, Hassan?
In fact, his disgust in his son’s failure to become what he deemed as an ideal son drives him to “stir the same passion” he had as a child, in Amir. In the process, Baba realizes that his efforts are in vain: “‘...he’s [Amir] always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he’s lost in some dream...I wasn’t like that.’ Baba sounded frustrated, almost angry.” (Hosseini 21). Baba is constantly comparing Amir to other boys and criticises him for his shortcomings. In turn, Amir spends his entire life vying after his father’s praise, which is also the reason why he prioritizes his personal agenda above Hassan’s safety. Despite Baba committing what he believes to be the greatest sin, he redeems himself by performing good deeds: building orphanages, standing up for others, and giving Amir a new life in America — because, “for [Amir], America was a
An obvious symbol for The Kite Runner is kites. Kites symbolize Amir's allowance of Hassan's rape. The kite symbolizes his disloyalty towards his faithful best friend. Hassan refuses to fly a kite until the end of the book. He flies a kite with Sohrab because adopting Sohrab was redemption for Amir's betrayal to Hassan.