Consequences In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

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In life, people tend to make mistakes. Whether they are minor or major, mistakes shape the human life. Some may lead to guilt and some are forgotten in a span of a minute. Guilt that follows throughout adulthood may cause someone to have a difficult time opening up to their loved ones like Khaled Hosseini’s main character in The Kite Runner. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, Hosseini is ultimately trying to reveal through Amir’s journey that at some point in life, a person’s past sins or wrongs and negative actions can be resolved.
Amir tries to earn his father’s respect and abandons his loyal friend, Hassan in the process. Amir has always felt that his father hated him a little bit. He always has wanted to make up for killing
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Khan calls Amir from Peshawar and tells him that he wants to see him and that there was a way for him to be good again. At this, Amir goes to Afghanistan and meets up with Khan. He learns that Hassan is dead and that Hassan’s son was in an orphanage. Amir sees this as an opportunity to redeem himself after what he had done to Hassan. “[He] remembered Baba saying that [his] problem was that someone had always done [his] fighting for [him]… [He] was older now, but maybe not yet too old to start doing [his] own fighting.” (Hosseini, 227). Seen as an opportunity to finally do something for someone else, Amir decides to fight for someone. He finally gets the courage to stand up for someone, even himself. And by deciding to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son, Amir has grown as a character. He changed from the cowardly boy to a man with courage, finally able to stand up for someone. Later, after Sohrab has been saved and they are safe in America, Sohrab does not talk and, in the beginning, the family judges Sohrab a bit harshly, especially because he is seen as a Hazara. The general, Soraya’s father, wants to know why a “Hazara boy” is living with his daughter and what he will tell others about Sohrab. Amir answers, ”that boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan’s son. He’s my nephew. That’s what you tell people when they ask”...”And one more thing, General Sahib...You will never again refer to him as ‘Hazara boy’ in my presence. He has a name and it’s Sohrab,” ( Hosseini, 361). Amir’s character development is shown through him saying that. He stood up for Sohrab. Before, he couldn’t even stand up for himself. Hassan had done that for him, but now it was his turn to stand up for what was left of Hassan, and that was his son Sohrab. In conclusion, Amir was able to get over his guilt and confess his sins to his family. He took in Sohrab and stood up for him, making up or those times he never

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