Emotions contain a vast amount of power. They can allow an individual to achieve greatness and success, or, they can cause said person to struggle and collapse underneath their weight. Shame, as well as the ashes it leaves in its wake, is a major theme within Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, The Kite Runner. Via questionable mental stability, schemes, secrets and emotions of uncleanliness, Hosseini demonstrates shame, as well as the negative impact it can easily pose on its victims and as those surrounding them.
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I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes then knocked on Baba’s door and told him what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies. (Hosseini 104)
Amir does this because he feels so much guilt he cannot tolerate to be near Hassan, as everytime he sees him the memory resurfaces. The fact that Hassan forgives Amir (asking him to play, to go to the bakery with him) makes Amir feels even more guilt, as it reinforces their characters and status.The shame of not standing up for Hassan turns Amir into a cowardly liar. As a result of everything that took place, Amir frames Hassan to get him to leave, despite their previous friendship. Therefore, the shame caused by Amir’s lack of courage caused him to develop cruel methods of solving his “problem”.
Also, shame has the ability to put unnecessary tension and strain, even when one of the contributors has died. This is evident within the conversation between Rahim Khan and Amir, where it is revealed that:
‘Ali was sterile,’ Rahim Khan said.
‘No he wasn’t, he and Sanaubar had Hassan, didn’t
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Betrayal is an issue many can relate to, whether it is done by a family member or a friend. In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, we witness betrayal play a vital role in the downfall of the main character’s Amir and Hassan’s friendship, and how betrayal was the reason for why Amir sought redemption in hopes to move on. The novel begins with Amir as an adult, recalling an event that took place in 1975 in his hometown Kabul, Afghanistan and how this event was what changed the rest of his life and made him who he now is. Despite this heartbreaking occurrence of Amir’s reluctance to help Hassan while he was being raped, it was the reason for why Amir later decided to be brave and stand up for what he believes in.
These feelings would be nightmares for him for many years to come. Irony may also lead to one forgiving him or her self. In Hosseini’s novel Amir later discovers an important piece of information that could change his life forever. As Amir discovers the truth about his relationship with Hassan, and also gets the news
This guilt haunts Amir throughout the entirety of the novel as an obstacle that he constantly tries to overcome as shown when he finds out the truth and says, “I felt like a man who awakens in his own house and finds all the furniture rearranged , so that every familiar nook and cranny looks foreign now. Disoriented, he has to reevaluate his surroundings, reorient himself,” (Hosseini 224). This is the beginning of Amir finding out who he was as a person,and it is a big step to finding his own identity. When Amir finds out it seems as if “every familiar nook and cranny looks foreign” because what he has always used to defend himself was that Hassan was just a servant, but now he was his brother. Amir’s selfishness soon turns unjustifiable and as he now feels that it is time to finally get over his guilt and “reorient himself.”
Amir can not be forgiven for how he treats Hassan because Hassan is loyal to Amir but Amir isn’t loyal and wouldn’t help him with anything as shown in the book. Amir just stood at the end of the valley while Hassan was rapped. Hassan stood up for Amir when kids were bullying him. Hassan shot one of the bullies in the eye with a slingshot. This is said in the book “But perhaps you didn’t notice that I’m the one holding the slingshot.
You bring me shame.” Amir was never really that close with his father, not up until a few months ago. He finally had the relationship he had always wanted with his father, until that one question ruined it. His father thought of Ali and Hassan like family, so Amir figured the only way to get rid of them was to mess up, just as he did. He did the only thing he thought to do at this point, frame Hassan.
To undo this guilt he does different actions in the positive way that show how his actions are now used for positive good deeds. Amir grows to become someone willing to die for Sohrab and believes Sohrab to be a part of his family which is ironic because Hassan was never able to become a part of their family due to social pressures. After Amir recognizes that Hassan knew all along Amir has a bigger feeling of guilt which is only washed away through constant deeds. One service is when Amir places the crumpled money for a positive outcome rather than to chase someone out, “ Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress ( 242) ”. As Amir grows as a character after ridding himself of different guilts he develops and grows by changing different actions that he has committed in the past as a sin.
In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, a major theme is guilt can consume one’s life unless they redeem themselves. This theme impacts the reader's view The theme comes across the novel repeatedly through different characters. For example, Amir starts the novel by saying that “. . . it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.
Throughout the novel, The Kite Runner, Hosseini was able to provide various ways in which cruelty had been exposed to each character. Cruelty can cause betrayal which later on creates guilt for many and satisfaction for others. Assef, a perpetrator, proved that it is possible to be cruel from childhood to adulthood. As well as Amir, a victim who had proved that it is possible to be cruel from childhood but transformed into a loyal and compassionate person throughout adulthood. Most children don’t really understand what cruelty is, the reason being is because they don’t know what they’re doing until they become old enough to realize it.
Sacrifice, one the most prominent themes in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, clearly determines a person’s unconditional love and complete fidelity for another individual. Hosseini’s best-selling novel recounts the events of Amir’s life from childhood to adulthood. Deprived of his father’s approval and unsure of his relationship with Hassan, Amir commits treacherous acts which he later regrets and attempts to search for redemption. These distressing occurrences throughout his youth serve as an aid during his transition from a selfish child to an altruistic adult.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a young, Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee, resulting in Amir having to live with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir constantly deals with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
It is delineated by natural inclination that people sympathize with others who undergo an unfortunate circumstance or event. However, this type of behavior is dependent on how one uses prior knowledge to judge whether someone is worthy of sympathy. The idea that people tend to draw conclusions based on other people’s decisions and character remains as one of the many underlying themes in literature. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Amir’s character is considered worthy of sympathy by his redeeming actions towards the end of the novel, his good intentions toward Baba, and his ability to empathize with others.
In most coming-of-age novels, authors define childhood as the period of rose-colored glasses and complete innocence that comes to an end with a sudden profound revelation of reality; however, in Hassan, Amir, and Sohrab’s childhoods that was not the case. Their innocence was stolen from them; their rose-colored glasses shattered. The loss of the rose-colored glasses forces Amir, Hassan, and Sohrab to see reality before they could have a profound revelation and fully understand the harsh realities of life; they come of age and lose their innocence at far too young an age. Throughout the coming-of-age novel, The Kite Runner, loss of innocence is a very common theme made apparent via Amir, Hassan, and Sohrab; the theme, loss of childhood innocence, shapes the novel by introducing the themes of betrayal and redemption. Hassan’s loss of innocence assists in shaping the novel because when Hassan loses his childhood innocence, the novel’s protagonist, Amir, loses his childhood innocence as well.
The Kite Runner has three main parts to the story, it begins with Amir, a man who lives in California who refers back to his childhood memories in Kabul, Afghanistan. These memories affect him and mold him into the man he is. Amir as a child lived in Kabul with his father Baba, who Amir had a troubled relationship with. He had two servants Ali and his son Hassan. The relationship between them is more of a family rather that of servants.
It seems as though he does not care as much about Hassan’s benefit as he does about getting himself off the hook from his guilt. To make matters worse, Amir feels that he must somehow discard Hassan