Human Imperfection In The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Amir shares his wisdom as he ruminates, “It’s wrong what they say about the past... about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out... I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years” (Hosseini 1). In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the main protagonist and narrator, Amir, illustrates the devastating consequences of human imperfections. Throughout a substantial part of his life, Amir has been trying to convince himself that leaving Kabul and burying the memories of his past would absolve him of his shame. However, the image of his best friend 's rape relentlessly reemerges in Amir 's thoughts, marring any joy and peace Amir experiences. Growing up in a society that has a rigid and unbending …show more content…
Due to his own guilt and selfishness, Amir 's father remains emotionally distant from his son, leading Amir to covet for his father 's attention and affection. As a man who lives by his own ideals, Baba expects Amir to become well-respected and worthy of being his successor. Unfortunately, Amir 's lack of athletic abilities and his love for books only serves to further distance himself and his father as they appear to have little in common. Amir silently vows, “I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy. Then maybe my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over. I let myself dream...” (Hosseini 56). Desperate for his father 's acknowledgement, Amir convinces himself that his father will finally be proud of him if he proves his worth by winning the upcoming kite tournament. However, time and the consuming guilt from Amir 's betrayal to Hassan eventually dampen Amir 's victorious win, concluding Baba and Amir 's short-lived companionship. Amir reveals his gullible thoughts as he confesses, “We both should have known better. For at least a few months after the kite tournament, Baba and I immersed ourselves in a sweet illusion... We’d actually …show more content…
Though Amir no longer has the prestige and wealth that he enjoys in Kabul, living in the U.S. provides Amir with a fresh start, one where the scenery cannot make him recall his dark past. With an understanding wife and his dream career as a writer, Amir finally begins to believe that he could rid himself of his past. Unfortunately, a simple phone call from Rahim Khan, an old family friend, once again shatters Amir 's peaceful life. Rahim Khan 's comment resonates in Amir 's thoughts stating, “Come. There is a way to be good again,” (Hosseini 192). Rahim Khan informs Amir of Hassan 's tragic death, and provides Amir with one final chance to redeem himself by traveling to Kabul and retrieving Sohrab, Hassan 's son. However, Amir vehemently refuses to travel to the war zone, claiming it is too dangerous, despite knowing that Hassan died protecting Amir 's home, leaving Sohrab an orphaned. Rather than seizing the opportunity to demonstrate his self-lessness and redress his mistakes, Amir 's egotistical human nature causes him to run away from his troubles, preparing Amir for future regrets. Then, after Amir demonstrates bravery and cour-age by retrieving Sohrab, Amir 's innate human nature reappears to destroy the little trust that has form between Sohrab and himself. Sohrab pleads, “‘Please! Please,

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