Amir cowardice caused him to live a guilty life, but in the end it led to true redemption. Amir’s cowardice led to guilt, which is why he searched for redemption the rest of his life. “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (22). Baba states one of Amir’s major flaws, his cowardice, and Baba shows how much he values standing up for what is right. Baba is reluctant to praise Amir
Sins are mistakes made in moments of weakness; everybody has weakness, thus everybody commits sins. These mistakes gone uncorrected leave guilt and regret, but because the nature of guilt is a feeling of responsibility for an action, it reflects the good in someone because at a subconscious level, they long for some form of redemption. The length at which two characters in The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, go to redeem themselves doesn’t necessarily show their “goodness”, but the level of guilt they experienced because of their sins. We find out that that the father, Baba, had an illegitimate son with his best friend’s wife, a Hazara woman, which in turn forced him to cover up his and Hassan’s relationship, not to mention his neglectful treatment of his legitimate son Amir due to their vast personal differences. Amir himself was cowardly when it came to defending his half-brother Hassan, his sins worsened when he sold Hassan out in order to bury his own guilt.
These fences shaped and formed his relationships with his son. Due to his conscious efforts to not become what he did hold that were his father?s. The narrowness of his thoughts and ideas about life made him an almost impossible person with whom to have a relationship. These flaws permanently changed the lives of the people around him and built barriers which were too solid to ever be broken. Works Cited Wilson, August.
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.
The community’s expectations cause Dimmesdale to punish himself for his sin instead of confessing. He struggles for years to come to terms with his mistake, and in the end he is able to accept his true identity and confess his sin publicly. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne illustrates how the community’s influence over Dimmesdale prevents him from embracing his true identity, highlighting the negative effects the community can have on a person. Negative and restrictive diction are used to portray the detrimental aspects of the community’s strict laws, which prevent Dimmesdale from revealing his true identity to the public. The Puritans are described as, “…a people amongst whom religion and law [are] almost identical, and in whose character both [are] so thoroughly interfused, that the mildest and the severest acts of public discipline [are] alike made venerable and awful,” illustrating the high expectations of the community and the pressure their laws place on Dimmesdale (Hawthorne 47-48).
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 ) .
Amir resorts to yelling at Hassan. “ ‘You’re a coward!’ ” (92) Deep down, Amir knows that he, himself, is the true coward, but escaping the hole of silence he has dug himself into seems nearly impossible. Amir did not have time to prepare himself for the events that would come with the slingshot. Although he believes that the incident is entirely his fault, he forgets that society has simply molded him into young Pashtun boy who has been programmed to despise Hazaras like Hassan. When Assef speaks about Hassan while confronting Amir, he acts as if Hazaras are less than dirt.
Willy’s fabricated dreams affected both him and his family negatively. The lives of both, Biff and Happy, were ruined and once he realized the fallacy of his dreams, he too was left ruined. While, Linda suffered great emotional pain. To prosper in life, In Miller’s view in the play, and become an ideal person, an individual must let go of all false dreams and see through the façade; for only hard work will result in success.
Although Willy is justly punished for his crimes, Field fails to go into the depth of Willy’s crimes. The extent of Willy Loman’s corruption makes his crimes far more severe, for he has left his family in shambles and to continue to be his future conduits. Willy Loman’s addiction to his own delusions have made him curse his sons to the same amoral mind frame that he had put on himself, and continues to use against his wife, while still feeling convinced he is a well liked person that deserves to be treated better than he treats others. Willy Loman receives a deserving punishment for many reasons, but the lesson he leaves behind to his sons is one of the most everlasting to his family. Field in his article claims “what he has taught them does not look to him like what he had wanted them to learn” (21), but Willy’s failure is that Biff and Happy have learned exactly what he has taught them their whole lives.
Guilt, something Amir carries around because he feels bad about what he did, yet he still wants something to be done about the situation. Every time a chance comes up for Amir to relieve guilt he shoots it down and carries it longer. Amir holds on to his throughout his life, and it affects him both negatively and positively. He never able found true happiness, he lost he friendship with Hassan, and