Emotional Pain In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

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Pain is a necessary aspect of life. It can be broken down into two parts: emotional pain and physical pain. The latter could be a burn or a broken bone and is felt by the nerves in the skin that send signals to the brain. Emotional suffering is a pain not felt by nerves, nor can it be seen like a broken bone on an X-ray. Both make life uncomfortable but unfortunately, both are necessary. Getting hurt could mean both in an emotional or physical way but, without pain, there would be no way to tell if anything was wrong. The protagonist, Amir, and his father, Baba, in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, struggle with emotional pain throughout their lives. This is not a good way to lead a life, but the two characters add to the major theme of Hosseini's …show more content…
Amir and Baba both made mistakes as young men and were motivated by them to make up for their wrongs. Amir stood by and watched as his best friend, and brother unbeknownst to him at the time, were raped. He also did not make the situation any better by getting rid of them. Baba made his mistakes by having an illegitimate child with his best friend’s wife and then keeping it from the child and his own son. These similarities between Baba and Amir showed that the motivation of redemption was because of the emotional pain they felt.. The way they showed their redemption differs but both attempted to improve the lives of others because of the pain they …show more content…
Being a wealthy business man, Baba threw money around to different people to make up for his wrongs. He even gave Hassan an odd, but thoughtful, gift of plastic surgery to restructure his deformed lip. Baba did this to show his love for Hassan while trying to keep his secret hidden from the rest of the community so he could maintain his well kept family name. By paying off a good majority of money to others, Baba helped many people live better to make himself feel at peace and make the emotional pain

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