The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

1367 Words Jun 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Friends Close, Enemies Closer: The Story of Betrayal, Guilt, and Redemption.
Friends are supposed to be there for you in times of need, be a shoulder to cry on and share your best experiences with. This was not the case for Hassan and Phineas. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir (a wealthy Pashtun boy) surrenders the dignity of his best friend Hassan (a poor Hazara boy), only to be haunted by the guilt of his choice, sending him to make done what is right many years later. In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene allows his jealousy to dictate his actions, creating a tormenting guilt inside him while destroying the bond with his best friend Phineas.In The Kite Runner, and A Separate Peace, both Gene’s and Amir’s struggle of betrayal and hidden secrets develop a guilt they both must live with, which sparks a search for redemption.

The choice to betray a friend for personal gain results in deep guilt for both Amir and Gene. In The Kite Runner, Amir betrays Hassan, a trusting friend since birth, resulting in a guilt that changes who he is inside. At a certain point in time, Amir begins to lose sleep over his choice he made, becoming an insomniac. Amir lays at night wanting to confess, even telling a room full of sleeping people, “I watched Hassan get raped” (Hosseini 86). Amir’s guilt develops a disorder in him, showing what the main focus of his life is. After this moment, Amir excuses himself from his normal, routine life not long after the incident and begins to…

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