Khaled Hosseini 's The Kite Runner Essay

1077 Words Sep 1st, 2016 5 Pages
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 his mother after birth (his mother had complications while birthing) and has been trying to earn his Baba’s respect. In the run to make Baba proud, Amir abandoned his friend, Hassan, after the kite tournament when he needed him the most. After winning the kite tournament, “[Amir] finally had what [he’d] wanted all those years. Except now that [he] had it, [he] felt as empty as this unkempt pool [he] was dangling [his] into.” (Hosseini, 85). Amir guilt follows him to the vacation with his family and is unable to shake it off. The guilt makes Amir feel empty even though he finally had earned Baba’s respect, but because he didn’t do anything to stand up for Hassan as Assef raped him, he couldn’t enjoy it. This guilt makes him feel “unkempt”…

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