Amir strives to redeem himself in Baba’s eyes because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible for that. To redeem himself to Baba, Amir thinks he must win the kite-tournament and bring Baba the losing kite: Hassan was able to lead a fulfilling life due to his great ability of forgiving others. Hassan has always forgiven Amir. This is shown when Amir quotes Hassan had forgiven Amir after so much time had passed by. Years later, Hassan had written a letter to Rahim Kahn.
One blue kite specifically cuts a lot of its competitors, and Amir kept his eye onto it. By the afternoon it was only Amir and the blue kite left in the running. Amir tricked the blue kite into a poor position and then cut it, winning the contest. Hassan promised to bring back the kite for Amir, and as he flied he said for you a thousand times over! Amir was delighted at his success.
In the end, I ran.” (Hosseini 77). Amir obviously shook by seeing his best friend raped, did not know how to react in the situation. Therefore, his fight or flight instincts kicked in and he ran off still in a state of shock. Perhaps the reason he never told Hassan was that he felt guilty that he did not do anything for him but ran. Even then, he just acted even worse than before, not changing for the better but for the worse.
Kites also represent guilt and later redemption for Amir. Though the “blue kite” for Amir is the one and only way to gain baba’s (his father) affections, for Hassan it resembles his unwavering loyalty to Amir. In the end kites and kite fighting shows the true colors of Hassan and Amir,
In the 1970’s, Afghanistan was not the country we now know it as today, many people’s lives were extravagant and wonderful, though still many lived in poverty as well. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, depicts Amir’s life is completely flipped on its head when his friendship with Hassan, his loyal servant, is torn apart when a young Amir witnesses a devastating scene and does nothing to help Hassan. After years of running away from his thoughts and guilt, Amir finally musters up the courage to face his demons and become good again. Along with these themes of guilt, friendship, and race, one more prominent and most important is redemption. Many may believe that full redemption is unattainable, but with the right mindset and motives, it is possible to redeem oneself.
(pg 149) When he recieved the letter of all the emotions running through Bowkers mind, O’Brian said, “Norman Bowker’s letter hit me hard. For years ive felt a certain smugness about how easy i had made the shift from war to peace.” (pg 151) O’Brian never really found a connection with Norman until after the letter was written. Norman Bowker was carrying so much weight of being in the war that eventally it did the worst thing possible to him, it killed him. No soldier wants to hear about a member of their troop die because they were fighting battles inside their own mind of
The way the book unfolds is amazing, it starts when he is young and shows how his talents got him known as a person. Then all is forgotten and there is only one focus in life and that is returning home to his loved ones. “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory,” said Pete Zamperini. Pete taught Louie that getting through the pain leads to success. Even though the war followed him home and he became a different person, Louie’s success came through his survival.
I believe he found peace and sorted his feelings with them in the wild. The most revealing evidence what he writes towards the end of the film. He writes, “Happiness is only real when shared.” This proves he was looking for happiness and he realized had found it long ago. Before he died he had wrote on a sign, “I have had a happy life and thank the lord. Goodbye and may god bless all!” This proves he had really found his happiness and was thankful for it, even though he knew he would die shortly after writing this.
It had gotten to the point where Amir went through with the kite flying with Hassan just to receive his father’s approbation. The main character had to manage his father’s neglect while growing up. All Amir really wants is to be “looked at, not seen, listened to, not heard” (Hosseini 65), and while this conflict shapes the way that Amir grew up, readers are exposed to the
One of the many aspects that Hosseini added to his novel is the symbol of the kite. Amir takes this kite as a symbol of happiness and also of guilt according to (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-kite-runner/themes.html) (1). Amir goes through a hard time when he is a witness of Hassan’s dignity being taken. Amir at the moment does nothing about it because he feels like it would take all attention away from him by Baba. Baba, being a champion kite flyer feels extremely proud of his son because Amir is following his