Essay on Kite Runner

1140 Words Nov 30th, 2008 5 Pages
A soldier in war knows he could die at any moment, but remains on the battlefield to protect that which is dearest to him. It takes a special kind of person to do this. When faced with adversity, there are a select few who can push it aside for the greater good. These are the people worth writing about. In Khaled Hosseini's, The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir, learns the true meaning of loyalty and friendship by risking his own life to save another, thus proving that one does not know the value of friendship until it is gone. After years of misguidance, Amir realizes that on the road to friendship and loyalty, one must be able to stand up for what they believe in, something many are too afraid to do. When they were young, …show more content…
Amir agrees to the deal that Assef proposes: a fight to the death where the winner becomes the owner of Sohrab. After Amir has been badly beaten, Sohrab shoots Assef in the eye with his slingshot and the two of them escape. Taking the beating from Assef shows how Amir has changed since he was a child. When he was young, Amir stayed back and watched as Hassan was raped by Assef, too afraid to intervene. Now, as he was being beaten, Amir starts laughing, thinking about how he finally feels comfort in this situation. Assef took his dignity from him just as he did to Hassan in the past, so Amir achieves a better understanding of Hassan by feeling what he felt. The guilt that plagued his mind up until this point, where he was given the chance to repent his sins. He took to heart what Rahim Khan told him in reference to Sohrab's situation, “There is a way to be good again”(2). Only after the pressure to please his father was released could Amir begin to see the depth of Hassan's qualities. These were the very same ones that he had taken for granted his entire life. With this realization, Amir reflected on his own faults and felt the need to correct them, thus making the decision to rescue Sohrab, and salvage his dignity Some are unable to recognize their own faults, as Amir was, and go through life unaware of the value of their relationships and exactly what is keeping them from

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