Some people believe they can escape their past, but if one does not atone for their sins, the guilt will engulf them and stay with them forever. In The Kite Runner, Amir, the main protagonist, tries to forget about his past and move on. Hassan, his best friend and Amir’s foil, is loyal and brave while Amir is weak and a coward. Amir’s father, Baba, is also an honorable man, however, keeps the secret about Hassan being his son to everyone, including him. Amir betrays Hassan because he believes Hassan is a sacrifice he has to make to win his father’s affection.
Hechose his fragile relationship with his father over the well-being of his best friend and half-brother: “Baba and I lived in the same ... ... middle of paper ... ...t didn’t make anything all right. Only a smile… But I’ll take it… Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting. (371) A sign of what’s to come, Sohrab’s smile implies that the abuses of the past cannot dominate him or anyone forever, and that eventually Amir and Sohrab will look to the future and be healed. When Amir mentions the snow melting, he is referring to the barrier Sohrab built between himself and others. The novel returns to the same symbol as it started with.
Knowing what was happening was wrong, Amir decided to run. Amir admits to himself being a coward. He was scared of what Assef would do if he stood up to him. Besides the fact that he left Hassan alone with Assef, Amir lied to Baba and Ali when they asked if he knew what was wrong with Hassan. Amir felt guilty every time he saw Hassan and just wanted to get rid of him.
The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, shows how lying and deceit is a counterproductive route when trying to live with a dreadful past, exhibited through the actions of Amir. Amir’s decision to withhold the truth and blatantly lie in several situations due to jealousy and his desire for Baba to be proud of him amounts to further pain and misery for himself and those he deceives. Because of Amir’s deceit towards Baba and Hassan, his guilt from his past manifests itself into deeply-rooted torment, not allowing him to live his life in peace. The guilt from Amir’s past is only alleviated when he redeems his sins by taking in Sohrab, contributing to the theme that the only way “to be good again” is through redemption, not shunning the past. On multiple occasions, Amir deceives and betrays Hassan’s trust because of his jealousy towards Hassan’s relationship with
To atone for his past sins, he embarks on a journey back to Afghanistan to redeem himself to Hassan for not treating him the way he was treated. He redeems himself by saving Sohrab and giving him a safer and enjoyable life in the Untied States. Amir tyres to attain redemption to baba for being the cause of his mother’s death as he believes. Gaining his fathers love and care will make him feel redeemed from all of the resentment and lack of care that his father shows to him. He must prove to Baba that he is worthy of spending time with everyday because he feels the hatred that his father shows to him.
He was finally receiving the retribution he deserved when he did not protect Hassan. Amir needed to feel the punishment for all his buried sins. Amir was able to rescue Sohrab. In conclusion, through Amir’s betrayal towards Hassan, leads to breaking the relationship with each other and also both their fathers. The strong connection between Amir and Hassan represents strong brotherhood but the consequential troubles breaks the bond.
Baba knows that Amir is not violent and he wishes that he would just stand up for himself. Amir overhears this and is very troubled that Baba doesn’t approve of him. To Amir this is a realization that he is a coward and his father notices it. Later in the book, Amir sees Hassan being raped and he is contemplation jumping in and being courageous because he says, “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide ... ... middle of paper ... ...doesn’t like anything.
However, as I continued reading the story about his hardship, I quickly realized that there is not just one way to be right. While his ways were somewhat antiquated, they were nonetheless effective. I can even identify with Troy?s character as he reminds me of my dad and how protective he was of my sister and I. I would like to believe that we are now better off because of the way he handled us. While I often questioned my dad?s motives, I now understand why he did the certain things he did. Troy?s family will eventually realize that he only wishes the best for them.
It shows his concern and hurt because he knew he had betrayed everyone and he only had Baba left in his life. He was in a strange place and he was insecure with out baba. The same question Amir asked himself are the same questions I ask my self when I think about losing someone. This quotation is symbolism of what America is for Amir. It show development in his character changing his perspective on life.
Redemption is a way to make up sins. Amir have embodied an evil character from one side by not treating Hassan the way he deserved even though Hassan used to take responsibilities for him and always wanted to see him joyous; Despite that , Amir always seemed ungrateful and reveals a lack of mutuality various times. “ What would you do If I hit you with this “,”Hit me back” ( hosseini 92). This is one of the examples that showed the contempt of Amir to Hassan throughout their childhood. Regardless of all his wicked actions, he raised his head up and suddenly decided to change from a sinful person to a person who cared and sees the good of the entourage ( Hassan , Sohrab ) .