Amir learns of Baba’s deceptions encompassing Hassan being his half-brother from Rahim Khan. Baba takes that secret with him to the grave thereby robbing them of their right to the truth about Hassan’s identity.The shock is overwhelming for Amir because Baba is the one who tells him that theft is the worst sin you can commit, “...there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft...There is no act more wretched than stealing, Amir,” (Hosseini 17-18). Amir goes to great lengths to please his father and be more like him only to discover in the end that they were not so different after all.
When the opportunity to make up for his mistakes arises, Amir takes it and atones for his past, starting his journey from shame to redemption. Because Amir is neither all good nor all evil, he is a morally ambiguous character, which mirrors the differences of his life in Afghanistan and his life in America. Amir does many bad things in his lifetime, but especially as a young boy. Amir hiding while Hassan is being raped and failing to tell anyone is by far the worst thing he does as a child. While watching Hassan’s rape, Amir says, “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan-the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past-and accept whatever would happen to me.
O'Brien then shows them that they are both wrong at the end and that everything Winston did is the worst type of crime. Not only does his crimes have material consequence, but he loses the one thing he had kept safe throughout, his freedom. Winston may not be a hero to the people, not even close, but he wanted to be one. However, he was trying to be a hero to himself, give himself his own freedom. He spoke the truth at the end due to the O'Brien's torture and the mind control, he always knew this would be the outcome from his diary entries, the conversations with Julia and his observations of Jones.
He let his perception blur the real world that is really the truth. Perceptions can be bad because it leads people into insanity. A little use of perception is not a problem but too much is not good. The mistake Jason did was he predicted the future like his son was going to do the same mistakes as he is going to do. That cannot always be true.
I’ve learned threw out the story many characters are put through this horrible emotion, but more than others. Guilt has an extreme power many people fail to realize; it has the ability to completely change a person and push them towards redemptions, as for the characters Amir, Baba, and Sohrab. One character that showed a significant role of guilt, was a well-respected gentleman named Baba. Baba had to live with the guilt of not only betraying his closest friend, lying to his legitimate son, hiding the truth from son, and committing what he believed what he believed was the only sin. He acted as if the guilt was nonexistent, instead he took it out on Amir by criticizing the way Amir acts.
According to Charles Mccardel“ He withholds the truth, but finally admits to his transgression. He does this partly to ease his conscience, but also (he hopes) to save his hide and protect his loved ones amid a witch hunt that's running out of control.” Even though he tells Elizabeth what he had done with Abigail without her having to find out through somebody else she does not trust him anymore. It hurts her so bad it is hard for her because what she thought was a good, loving, caring man actually turns out to be a no good cheater. He tries to make up for what he did through the years. No matter what he did she could never fully trust him , it could never be like it use to be.
Another example is when Holden calls his brother D.B a phony for wasting money. Lastly, Holden calls Marty phony for lying. Due to his ideology, phoniness is something he expects everywhere he goes, although he carries it with himself. Holden calls Mr. Hass phony for using people to his advantage. Yet in the novel Holden uses multiple individuals to get what he wants, making it hypocritical to call Mr. Haas phony.
Amir thinks if he can get Hassan to hit him back, it would stop the guilt, Hassan who is so loyal wouldn't hurt him. Amir finally did the worst possible thing to Hassan and his father Ali, trying to get them fired Amir, “lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghan bills under it” (104). He betrayed Hassan and Ali, the two people who cared about him the most, and the two people he himself cared about the most. Amir is a coward and even though one would feel bad for him, he did things that couldn't be forgiven. Although he just wants his father’s love which readers can understand, it gave him no right to do any of these things to Hassan and
Hassan constantly shows loyalty to Amir, but yet Amir still seems to betray him. At first it was minor betrayals which then lead to major ones. Throughout Amir’s lifetime he continues to betray his loved ones when he simply has the decision not to. At first Amir makes fun of Hassan’s lack of education. When Amir would read to Hassan and he did not know the word Amir would “tease him, expose his ignorance”.
The detectives knew that the eye-witness account wasn't going to be enough to convict Butler. Therefore, they drew up a false confession that was allegedly (in a way implied... after all it's a “confession”) verbatim that Butler spewed/confessed to the detectives. Maybe it is not fair to use the word “they” as if everyone in the investigation was involved in the framing of Butler. I want to make it clear that I do not think everyone was out to frame Butler. However, because the detectives spent more time harassing the boy into “confessing” instead of investigating the crime.