Essay on Forgiveness: the Kite Runner

982 Words Apr 16th, 2013 4 Pages
Forgiveness is a necessary part of human existence, although it is rarely easy to give, and sometimes hardest to give to ourselves. The Kite Runner illustrates humanity's tendency, and even willingness, to dwell on past mistakes. The opening sentence sets this theme with "I became what I am today at the age of twelve," as Amir unapologetically relates how he believes one action at that young age defined his entire life. However, as the novel progresses, the reader comes to the conclusion that it was not one action, but a series of choices and events that created Amir's persona as an adult. By holding onto his guilt and fear of discovery, Amir could only bury his past for short periods of time before his own conscience uncovered it and the …show more content…
Hassan's father took Hassan and left because they both knew that Amir had tried to frame Hassan.

Despite Hassan's departure, Amir learned nothing. He continued to try to hide his past and cover up mistakes. He and his father moved to America, and Amir felt closer to him, but he still could not bring himself to talk about Hassan and what happened. He let it eat away at his relationship with his father. In a way, he was also jealous of his father, who Amir considered almost perfect. He felt as if his father was constantly comparing Amir with himself, and Amir was nothing like his father. Over the years, Amir had witnessed his father helping people, standing up for himself, making his presence known. His father was considered a great man in Afghanistan. Amir felt guilty because he had taken Hassan away from his father, had robbed his father of someone to be proud of. Amir chose a career path that his father considered weak. He felt that his life was defined by his father's and that he could never measure up.

When Amir married, he continued his pattern of behavior. His wife, Soraya, had a slightly shady past, but she shared the details with him before they wed. She wanted nothing to come between their relationship. However, Amir kept his past a secret. Although his "crime" had occurred when he was just a child, he considered it just as shameful, if not more so, as what she had done. Yet, he kept it

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