The Kite Runner Self Analysis

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From the novel ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, one can infer an individual 's attempt at self-fulfillment can lead to harm of others, and changed perceptions of one’s self from the individual and those around them. In reading this novel, one quickly comes to understand that Amir lacks love and affection of his father as well as his peers, and is desperately seeking approval. Individuals that seek self-fulfillment often become selfish and betray those around them with hopes that they will gain what they feel they are lacking. Such selfish betrayals can result in the tainting of how one is perceived by those around them, as well as how they perceive themselves, and can also affect one’s ability to restore honor and certainty.

Throughout the novel, Amir choose to embark upon many betrayals in hopes of personal gain, such can be first seen when Amir and Hassan win the kite tournament in Kabul. Having spent many days trying to gain his father’s affections, Amir beings to feel he can finally change all that by bringing him the last kite as can be seen in the line “Behind him, sitting on piles of scrap and rubble, was the blue kite. My key to Baba’s heart.” When Amir came to find that Asseff had corned Hassan in the alley, his integrity was challenged as he was faced with a choice between what is morally right and his own self-fulfillment; in the end Amir chose to save the kite
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Come the novel’s end the ability for further perception change can be denoted, in that Amir runs the last kite for Sohrab when back in America saying the same words that Hassan had said to him years earlier: “for you a thousand times over.” Amir changes the connotation on those words In doing this, and as they become a good thing, Amir restores honor and becomes certain that change is

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