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Ever hear the saying, “be willing to have it so, acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune (James 1)”. There is always going to be walls to stop the people that don’t want it bad enough and they’re to stop the other people. Amir faces many things in his life; from the very moment he arrived in this world. Being the reason of his mother’s death, causing the father-son barrier, and the need of getting approval. This causes a spiral of downward of events, which makes Amir leave his homeland of Afghanistan. In America his regret towards his past is unbearable and wants to find a way to become good again. He has to break the current walls that exist in his life and overcome his fears. In a individuals journey there are walls to stop people who don’t want it badly enough. In the novel The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini uses the symbol of walls to portray the route to Amir’s redemption through, accepting and destroying his prejudice, confronting his fear, and moving on from his guilt.

At the beginning of the novel, Amir thinks of himself as something much bigger and superior over Hassan. This is the barrier between Hazaras and Pashtuns, specifically Amir and Hassan. Amir’s character is shown as he “sees imbecile. It means smart and intelligent. ‘When it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile” (Hosseini 31). The power of intellect that Amir has over Hassan is evident and reveals how he is institutionally oppressing Hazaras as a whole. As Amir is forced to move to America, Baba feels like the social outcast in society, and Amir realizes the pain Baba is suffering. Furthermore, Amir feels like Hassan as “Baba dropped the stack of food stamps on her desk! ‘Thank you but I don’t want,’ Baba said. ‘I work always. In Afghanistan I work, in America I world’. Baba walked out the welfare office like a man cured of a tumor.” (Hosseini 53) Amir realizes the social case that he is in and reflects upon his own existing barrier by returning to Afghanistan. The walls between Amir and the Hazara’s begins to crumble as Amir stands up to Assef by stating, “All I want is that boy,” (Hosseini 285) which develops Amir’s character. He risks his own life for a Hazara boy and breaks the barrier between to them. Therefore, Amir breaks the wall and allows him to seek redemption for his social view of things.

Throughout the novel Amir constantly thinks about his actions and how they impact the ones around him. The actions he makes bothers him, doesn’t find a way to solve them, until Rahim Khan gives him a way, “to be good again” and “There is a way to be good again, he’d said. A way to end the cycle”(Hosseini 226). While he was still in Afghanistan he blamed himself for the death of his mother and believed that this is why there was a barrier between them. He always “…felt like Baba hated me a little, and why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? The least I could have done...

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