The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

1030 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Guilt. It’s a troublesome feeling that can transcend borders, languages, and ethnicities. Just one syllable, but it can shape a person 's life forever. Everyone, no matter who he or she is, has something to feel guilty for. The reasons for feeling shameful are varied and complex. Some examples are betraying a friend, becoming disconnected from one 's culture, and disappointing family members. In the Kite Runner, author Khaled Hosseini wrote “And that 's the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too” (Hosseini 55). Amir, the narrator and main character of the book, says this about Hassan, his servant and half-brother, when Amir asks him if he’d eat dirt for him and Hassan says that, for Amir, he would. He’s obviously taunting Hassan with his question, but Hassan still loves and respects him anyway. This connects to the guilt Amir feels because he knows that Hassan would never lie to him or cheat him, but he knows that he would and has done those things to Hassan. Amir’s guilt accompanies him throughout his entire life. The book is a testiment of how guilt isn’t just a nagging feeling, it can consume one 's world.
The Kite Runner is not by any means a happy book. It’s not uplifting and will not inspire one to love the world around them. In the story, Amir feels a tremendous amount of guilt over a terrible sin he committed as a child. When Hassan and Amir were children, Amir watched and did nothing as Hassan was brutally raped by a group…

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