Does Time Heal Pain, Or Does Pain Heal Time? Essay

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Does time heal pain, or does pain heal time?
“There is no monster, he’d said, just water. Except he’d been wrong about that. There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster.” (Hosseini 86). To start off, In the story The Kite Runner, the main character Amir, has indeed betrayed his best friend (brother) Hassan by allowing him to be raped by Assef, the antagonist. After a harsh twenty-six years of regret, Sohrab, his nephew, is found starving and being used as a sex slave. This story is a prime example of acts of betrayal that time will never fix, from his brother being abused, to his nephew, and himself, he one day realizes the unfortunate circumstances that has risen over a lifetime.
First of all, the betrayal first began when Hassan was raped by Assef in an abandoned alley in the neighborhood he lived in. Amir had the power to stop it, but chose to flee in fear. “I had once last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan- the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past- and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran” (77). To explain further, both Hassan and Amir are twelve years old. At this age, adult decisions are difficult to make. At this point in the novel, things start to uproar and Amir has to make a tough decision that will without a doubt impact his and other’s…

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