Betrayal In The Kite Runner

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The novel, “The Kite Runner,” written by Khaled Hosseini, is a story about a young Afghan boy and his journey to salvation for what he did in the winter of 1975. Amir spent almost all his childhood just to have his Baba’s attention, but instead of achieving what he wanted, he became a bad person. Although he had been living in America for more than twenty six years before he went back to Afghanistan, Amir still could not forget about what happened in that alley: ”It’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it (…) It was my past of unatoned sins” (). That was why Amir went back to Afghanistan to fix his faults, to save what was left of Hassan. “The Kite Runner” introduces the reader to a world full of betrayal that makes Amir become a bad person who only thinks for himself.
Amir betrayed Hassan because his jealousy grew in his heart and made him become a coward. Early in the novel, Amir heard Baba and Rahim Khan talkings about him: “There is something missing in that boy (…) A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything”
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When Amir was small, Baba taught him that, “No matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft” (). However, Baba became a “thief” when he betrayed his own words. He stole Amir’s right to the truth and betrayed himself so that he could look good in front of everyone who always thought of him as a good man. It was Baba’s small betrayal that led up to Amir’s incident in the alley. Amir failed to tell everyone what happened between him and Hassan in the alley. He had his chance when Ali asked him what happened between them, but he failed to tell him the truth. His chance came again when Soraya opened up to him and told him about her past, but again, Amir chose to keep silent to keep his honor with

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