The Theme Of Betrayal In The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Arthur Miller, author of books and screenplays such as All My Sons once said “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks” says a whole lot. Betrayal can be one of the hardest things to do or to accept. Betrayal hurts everyone involved in it. When a friend betrays you, it does not feel too good, however it does not only affect you. It is very difficult to go through with betraying someone and once it is done, guilt is almost immediately felt. Not only does author Hosseini’s story explore the theme of guilt, but it also tells a life long story about how betrayal can come back to haunt you. In the novel The Kite Runner, author Hosseini tells the story of Amir. He explains that when man betrays a friend, he is compelled to feel guilt and after looking …show more content…
Amir has been willing to do anything to gain Baba’s affection. He is best friends with Hassan throughout most of his childhood, but in reality he does not accept that they truly are best friends. He looks at Hassan as just his servant and someone to hang out with when he is bored. Immediately after watching Hassan be raped by Assef, Amir starts to consider what he just did and how he could benefit from it. He realizes that “[He] actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason [he] was running, was that Assef was right: nothing was free in this world, maybe Hassan was the price [he] had to pay, the lamb [he] had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). Amir is willing to betray Hassan just to be close with Baba. He is basically saying that Hassan is property and that Hassan might be the cost of Baba. These are Amir’s thoughts right after seeing Hassan be raped, that betraying Hassan will ultimately be what he needs to do to gain acceptance from Baba. After all of this Amir and Hassan both notice that each other are acting strange. Amir did not want Hassan around anymore and did what he needed to do. He hid his birthday gift under …show more content…
After Amir seeks his redemption he feels relieved, but he knows that everything is not solved by this one solution. He finally gets what he was looking for the majority of his life. He traveled all the way back to Pakistan and went to meet Rahim Khan, who told him what he had to do. Amir learns that Hassan was his brother, but is now dead and he needs to go save Hassan’s son, Sohrab. When he finds Sohrab, he is with the Taliban leader. Later Amir finds out that the leader is Assef, Assef tells him that if he wants Sohrab than he has to fight him. So Amir fights him and he is being beaten badly, at last getting what he thought he deserved. He had been looking forward to this moment and “for the first time since the winter of 1975, [he] felt at peace. [He] laughed because [he] saw that, in some hidden nook in the corner of [his] mind, [he’d] even been looking forward to this… [His] body was broken- just how badly [he] wouldn 't find out until later- but [he] felt healed” (289). In order to gain redemption he not only needed to save Sohrab, but he also needed to be beat by Assef. If he had beat Assef he may have not felt relief. After all of the times Hassan saved Amir from Assef, it was his turn to deal with Assef himself. Amir thought he deserved to be beat up because of what he had done in his childhood. In the end of the fight, just like when Hassan would save Amir, Sohrab saves him. They fled Kabul and went

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