Theme Of Evil In The Kite Runner

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The Spectrum of Evil Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, captures the events in Afghanistan from 1963 to 2001, through the eyes of Amir, a maturing Afghan boy who strives for goodness despite the evils plaguing the world around him. One of the evils that follow Amir throughout his life is Assef, a childhood bully who grows to be an adult Talib and murderer. Pure evil is represented in the book by Assef, who shows his lack of conscience when he rapes Hassan, and later molests Hassan’s son, Sohrab. Hassan, Amir’s childhood servant, best friend, and illegitimate half-brother is a truly good character who Amir is envious of, despite his pureness, innocence, and unwavering loyalty to Amir. Many problems in Amir’s life are unwittingly caused by Hassan. For instance, in his childhood, Amir is constantly competing with Hassan for Baba’s attention and love. This leads to his lack of action when he witnesses Hassan’s rape. His regret for not interfering when it happened and hiding his misguided choice infect his mind even in his adult life six years later when he moves to America. With a few exceptions, people simultaneously embody evil and good in their life; Hosseini demonstrates this with Amir, who is convinced that he himself is evil, and spends most of the book struggling to redeem himself so he can finally realize he is not wicked after all. A person is truly evil when they have a lack of morals, or morals unbelievably skewed from the rest of society. Hosseini presents
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