One of the main themes in The Kite Runner is forgiveness. It is shown in many different ways throughout the book and mainly revolves around how Amir wants to be forgiven for not helping Hassan when Hassan needed help the most. Amir cannot live with the guilt and feels a strong need to find redemption after he betrays Hassan. Hassan, who has always helped him and stood up for him in the past, got raped while Amir was watching and cowardly refuses to intervene.
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
After fifteen minutes, Amir saw Hassan coming toward him. He pretended he was searching for Hassan, who’s bleeding and crying. He handed over the kite to Amir and neither boy speak about what happened. Apparently, Hassan’s sacrifice was Amir’s success. When Amir arrived home, Baba hugged
The Journey to Self-forgiveness of a Morally Ambiguous Character Guilt is like a scar; it is a painful reminder of an unpleasant situation and is ugly until accepted and moved on from. However, unlike some scars, guilt can dissipate over time as individuals learn to forgive themselves for their wrongdoing. Guilt, along with self-forgiveness, is frequently seen with morally ambiguous characters, such as Amir from Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner. In the story, a young Amir fails to protect his friend Hassan from the antagonist, Assef, which results in the profound guilt that follows him into his adult life.
Even if one does follow what the society say Later in life, they always realize what went wrong in their relationship from their mistakes. So did Amir in " The Kite Runner". In the end he realizes how much love he actually had for Hassan, who turned out to be his illegitimate brother. Then, all he could do was look at Hassan in the Polaroid picture given by Rahim Khan and whisk back to the good old days when the two lads spent time reading and listening to stories, climbing up the hills and best of all, flying and chasing kites. Amir realized his mistake and goes back to Afghanistan to get Hassan 's son, Sohrab.
Luke says that he knows that trials are coming and that it is the faith that he upholds that is bringing him trials, “I knew that life would try me.” (Dubus 16). It seems he lost his family because of hate. Paul is trying to figure out the best way he could have tried to save the family. “A Father’s Story,” at different points, portrays Luke Ripley as the antagonist and the protagonist
While wondering what took Hassan so long, Amir went to look for Hassan and the blue kite. He had saw that Hassan was cornered by Assef, Wali, and Kamal in an alley. Amir had the choice to stop Assef from raping Hassan or become a coward and run away because he didn’t want the same fate as Hassan. In the end, Amir ran away and lived with guilt for the next several years, becoming a memory of the past.(Hosseini 75-82) Everything started to go downhill, Hassan and Ali left due to life being unbearable, the Russians invading and the Taliban
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
Cassidy Bulger Mr. Rigney AP English Lit October 22, 2014 Betrayal and Guilt in The Kite Runner In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, betrayal and guilt are prevalent in Amir’s relationship with Hassan. Throughout the course of the novel, Amir betrays his childhood friend, and family servant, Hassan. Much of this betrayal occurs in their youth, and because the acts were so horrific and the guilt that Amir carries is so heavy, their relationship dissolves over time.
Emerging Themes Khaled Hosseini’s development of the character Amir, in the novel The Kite Runner, uncovers two emerging themes. Amir’s struggle with the death of Hassan goes over his guilt, and how guilt can cloud a person's judgement. Rahim Khan’s words effect Amir in a major way as well. When Rahim asks Amir to retrieve Hassan’s son he has a shot at redemption for what he has done hinting that in life it is never too late to make the right decision.
In The Kite Runner, Amir’s desperation for attention from Baba proves to be his most tragic flaw. Due to this, he becomes envious of Hassan and how Baba treats him. Amir’s most significant sin is treating Hassan differently because of this, with the excuse of him being a Hazara. Furthermore, Amir knows that saving Sohrab would be the only way to make it right with Hassan again. After taking the chance and risking his life, Amir redeems himself in the end.
While Amir had a hectic childhood laced with misfortune and trauma, his journey back to Afghanistan forces him to face exceedingly more traumatic situations. When unsure of what he can do, Amir turns to Islam, searching for hope in inevitability. Not being told what to believe, Amir finds hope to ease his pain and understands the true use of religion; not for blindly following a message of justice, but for self-betterment and comfort. While in the hospital, Amir realizes, "I see now that Baba was wrong, there is a God, there always had been. I see Him here, in the eyes of the people in this corridor of desperation.