Selfishness In The Kite Runner, By Khaled Hosseini

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Character Analysis- The Kite Runner

How one acts in the past does not dictate how they will turn out to be in the future. Sins can always be atoned and amends can always be made. No matter how immense the wrongdoing, or how much devastation it causes, every human has the chance to repay their debts and make up for their transgressions. “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 1). However, jealousy can drive one 's self to act without thinking and can hurt the people they are the closest to. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir an Afghan boy, moves to California and journeys back to his homeland. On this excursion he learns to compensate for betraying his childhood best friend and half brother, Hassan; over personal restitution
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Selfishness is the act of solely considering the benefit oneself and lacking consideration for others, however, children do not often think about the consequences that follow their actions. As a child, Amir would often let Hassan take the fall in order to win his father 's affection and portray a better outward appearance. Upon being pushed around by other kids, Amir refuses to tell his father the truth, that Haasan got hit trying to defend him. Instead, Amir says “He fell down” (Hosseini, 24). His father’s opinion of him being incapable of becoming a man, often drives him to conceal the truth. In the beginning of the novel, Amir acts selfishly and it is shown when he expresses jealousy towards Hassan 's ability to speak more intellectually than himself, despite his inability to read and write. “Nothing was free in this world, maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay to win Baba” (Hosseini, 82). Amir’s selfishness as a child extends to bystanding Hassan’s rape; an event that later shapes the story itself. Amir was extremely insecure about his relationship with his father, his kite seen as the only way to win paternal affection. Now in America, Amir is happily married, a …show more content…
Only wanting to be loved in the end, his guilt reconciled by total selflessness and loyalty. In the time spent allowing Hassan to defend him but never returning the favor throughout their childhood, Amir is finally able to stand up for himself and redeem his past. By saving Sohrab, he proves that one can change for the better and it is never too late. Making up for the loyalty shown to him from Hassan, Amir cares for Sohrab as if he were his own son. With extreme compassion and clarity, the grace of acceptance heals the wounds of cruelty and guilt, for with forgiveness anything is possible, even the joy of flying kites in the winter

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