Theme Of Guilt In The Kite Runner

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Register to read the introduction… Rahim Khan, a venerable friend of Amir and Baba, succors Amir to be free of his guilt

by giving him the duty to travel into the corrupt Afghanistan and bring back Sohrab, Hassan’s

orphaned son, to the safety of Pakistan. This trip helps Amir mitigate, if not completely erase,

his guilt because it compels him not to be selfish and to risk his own life to rescue Sohrab. It

additionally requires Amir to find the self-confidence that he incessantly doubts throughout the

book. Friends like Rahim Khan give one hope that there is something to look forward to in the

future even if you make an irrevocable mistake in your past. “There is a way to be good again”

(192). When Rahim calls Amir in America he assures him that there is a way to make good out

of what happened in the winter of 1975. Smuggling Sohrab into Pakistan was just one of them.

Amir tries to befriend Sohrab once they are in Pakistan. “’…I’d like to be your friend.

I think I could be a good friend to you”’ (306). He tries to be Sohrab’s friend to redeem the

poor friendship that Amir caused between him and Hassan. Amir finds this particularly difficult

considering that Sohrab is especially quiet and abhors being touched in any way so he
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After taking Sohrab to places around the city and making a few

promises, Sohrab seems to finally trust Amir and he is happy. Amir and Soraya decide that it is

only morally right to take Sohrab to America to live with them and Sohrab agrees to go. Amir’s

determination to be friends with Sohrab paid off. The two of them were both untroubled and

Sohrab went from being a farouche boy to a gleeful one in a just a few weeks. Friends can really

make a difference to someone who is woebegone and lost in their own dull world.

Hassan was once lost in his own miserable world too. But in those times Amir was

not mature enough to help Hassan like he helped Sohrab when he was older. In the winter

of 1975 Amir thought that Hassan was his servant and that they only played together but

were not friends. He was brought up around Pashtuns showing Hazaras their place like Assef

showed Hassan. “But in none of his stories did Baba ever refer to Ali as his friend. The curious

thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either…Because history isn’t easy to

overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was

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