The Kite Runner Relationship Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… This guilt that seems to be terrorizing Amir is caused by his experience of watching the rape of Hassan in the alley. Amir is so guilty that he can no longer be close to Hassan. Amir says, "I'd hear Hassan shuffling around the kitchen in the morning, hear the clinking of silverware, the whistle of the teapot. I'd wait to hear the door shut and only then I would walk down to eat" (Kite Runner 87). Amir has trouble facing his guilt. Amir's guilt shows that he knows what he did was wrong. Amir refuses to renew his friendship with Hassan. Amir knows that he has done wrong because he says, "There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster" (Kite Runner 86). Amir eventually proceeds to the point where he can no longer deal with his everlasting guilt. Hassan is a clear representation of his guilt. Amir attempts to free himself from the guilt by getting the main representation out of his house. This is why he frames Hassan of stealing his watch; although this plan ultimately backfires and causes Amir even more personal anguish, it proves that he is an unstable and resentful …show more content…
The friendship exemplified in The Kite Runner is very weak because Amir thinks of Hassan as his servant, who explains why he is constantly testing him and does not stand up for him as a true friend would do. Amir has grown up in a society that does not accept people that are Hazara very well. He has grown up in a racist culture. Amir decides to not act against the racism. Amir does wrong when he knows what is right. An example of this racism is expressed when Assef is bullying Amir and Hassan, "Afghanistan is the land of the Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose here. His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood.....How can you talk to him, play with him, let him touch you?" (Kite Runner 40 & 41). Amir does not protect Hassan at all during this scenario. He even almost dares to mention that Hassan is not his friend his all. Amir almost says, "But he's not my friend!" (Kite Runner 41). Amir almost blurts out this comment because Amir is dying to be accepted by his peers. Amir is giving up his morals just for approval from people such as Assef. The best example of how Amir is a coward is when he does not attempt to save Hassan from being raped. Amir once again lets Hassan sacrifice himself. Hassan sacrifices himself for the kite. Amir acts selfish throughout the story and continues to exercise the fact that

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