My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan 's final sacrifice for me”. Amir felt betrayed and he wanted to tell Baba that he was the one who planned this out. He wanted to do the right thing and tell Baba that but, “I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief. And I would have told, except that a part of me was glad.
Right here is where Amir should have seen that Hassan cares about him and acted loyal like a real friend should have. Instead Amir Betrays Hassan again by not saying a word and letting Hassan take the blame for something he did not do. Amir continuously shows that he is Hassan’s betrayer by more actions that he
Each character’s conflict had subsequent effects on the others internal strife. This book was based primarily on the problems the characters had with themselves and how they attempted to cope with their problems. Amir chose to bury it in the past only to have it resurface and haunt him. Baba tried to override his sins and intrinsic disputes by doing good deeds and being a righteous man. Rahim found reconciliation by secluding himself from society.
Obviously, the perfect portrayal of this is seen in Arthur Dimmesdale. Throughout the story, he attempts to maintain his sanity; carrying the burden of a secret “sin” (that changed the lives of more than even he knew). He represents the many that hide their actions in attempt to conceal the truth. The problem is: a person cannot forgive, until there is something to forgive. One must admit their wrongs in order to accept them.
. This is why Marlow keeps the words to himself. It allows him to preserve hope both in the intended, and more importantly in himself. Early in the story Marlow makes it clear that he detests lies. He says ³There is a taint of death, a flavor of mortality in lies-which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world(29).² This quote comes to mind at the end of the book when Marlow blatantly lies to the intended, but there is plenty evidence that Marlow¹s has not changed, only his method of avoiding what he hates.
Instead of giving in to society dashing his hopes of becoming a successful writer, he wrote about Hester to express himself and explain his conflicts with the crooked, oppressive society and beliefs of the time. He discusses the problems in a way that every reader can relate to and sympathize with the characters. He skillfully transforms a symbol of shame and sin into a symbol of maternity and nurturance. The Scarlet Letter is truly a symbol of believing in people's capabilities. It is a symbol of resistance to society if all it causes people to do is reject their identities and who they really are.
Retribution in The Canterbury Tales Retribution is essential to a balanced humanity, acting as an offset for immoral deeds. Although retribution remains a necessary part of existence, it can be circumvented through penance, as exemplified in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Upon entering the process of penance, the sinner must take the initial step and feel repentance for their immoral actions. However, without contrition, avoidance of punishment can only be achieved through a display cunning maneuvering, which then acts as redemption. Validated by the Miller's, Pardoner's, and Friar's Tales, retribution is administered to all sinners devoid of contrition, unless he possesses an unparalleled canniness.
In this novel, Hosseini shows that redemption is obtainable. Hosseini shows that guilt is the primary motivation for someone who seeks redemption. In this novel, redemption is not when things are justified, but when the wrong has been done and cannot change to be right. As defined in a letter to Amir by an old family friend, Rahim Khan, redemption is when the guilt from something wrong leads to something good (302). Because of events that Amir is faced with, Hosseini illustrates a story where a big part of guilt plays in the desire for redemption.
But, in the case of Arthur Dimmesdale, Hester’s illicit partner, does not openly admit to his sin and instead, hides away his secret. Throughout the events of The Scarlet Letter, we are shown that the steps that Hester takes along the path of penitence are authentic, while the steps that Dimmesdale takes to deal with his original sin of adultery, and the compounded sin of hypocrisy, are inauthentic. In The Scarlet Letter, readers are admitted to the fact that Hester Prynne is the epitome of good and strength. Rather than hiding in shame, Hester Prynne openly admits that she committed adultery so she could repent for her sins. In Chapter 2, when Hester exits the prison, the narrator states “On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread appeared the letter “A.” …” (46) This quote shows how well done Hester’s brand is, containing an eye-catching beauty that makes it the center of attention.
From the beginning of the novel, Baba’s stance on theft is made unmistakably clear to the reader. Nevertheless, once the knowledge regarding his infidelity and secrecy is revealed, the reader is left wondering whether or not Baba should be considered a trustworthy and authentic character. “…there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft…When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness” (17-18).