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The Kite Runner: Blinded By Guilt

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The Kite Runner: Blinded by Guilt

A person’s childhood is the foundation that paves the way for the rest of one’s life. Memorable events can trigger certain emotions in a child and, as a result, change the nature of that person as an adult. Set in the 1970s in California, the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is told in flashbacks as the reader follows the main character through his resolutions to lifelong conflicts. The novel traces Amir’s mixed feelings of love and jealousy towards his best friend Hassan. Although they each came from different economic and social classes, they grew up in the same household facing hardships, resent, and deceit together. The two boys reach a ...view middle of the document...

“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (22). This is what Amir suffered the most from all throughout his life. He had guilt and remorse for what he put Hassan through, but felt powerless to stop himself. Because his father’s burning words made Amir doubtful, he opposes it in the end when he stands up to Assef.

The metaphors in The Kite Runner follows Amir to California where his bed is his guilt and it must be laid in every night. Amir reminisces about his past and states, "that was a long time ago, but it's wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it, because the past claws its way out"(1). Amir looks back on what he has once witnessed long ago, and it is haunting him, making him feel guilty and ashamed. Amir is clearly an emotionally unstable person, but his resentment towards Hassan is increased because of his own haunting guilt. The 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"(87). Amir has trouble facing his guilt. Amir's guilt shows that what he had done was wrong. After Amir’s graduation, Baba says that he wishes Hassan were here and Amir feels as if "A pair of steel hands closed around my wind pipe at the sound of Hassan's name"(134). Amir was feeling guilt so great it was choking him when Baba said Hassan's name. Amir’s failure to act to prevent Hassan from being raped left him stained with guilt. He went through...

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