The Selfish Sacrifice Essay

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is an unforgettable, powerful and heartrending novel of two friends bonded by childhood and of the forces that tear them apart. Amir, the protagonist, is a young boy who is constantly faced with the challenge to stand up for what is right, however, he always fails to fight his own battles and constantly depends on his friend, Hassan, for aid. Amir is emotionally unstable due to deprivation of love from his father, who is his only source of affection. He yearns to be accepted and acknowledged by his father, and he is prepared to do whatever it takes to earn his affection. On the day of the kite tournament, Amir sacrifices his friend’s innocence for the blue ...view middle of the document...

Glad that this would all be over with soon. Baba would dismiss them…’’ (Hosseini 110-112). This quote clearly shows how Amir is capable of backstabbing his only loyal friend, and he feels no remorse in doing so. This proves how his selfish sacrifice has led to the loss of his innocence, because it has led him to take desperate measures, which a young child will normally never take. Thus, this clearly shows us that Amir loses the benefits of a blissful childhood and he becomes someone who he was not, indicating that the sacrifice was not worth Baba’s affection.
You can’t get away from what’s inside your mind, a guilty conscience always eats you from inside. Even after Amir gives up Hassan’s innocence for the blue kite, he does not attain Baba’s love due to eternal guilt, as the following quote suggests, ‘‘That should have been fun, spending a day like that with Baba, hearing his stories. I finally had what I wanted all those years. Except now that I had it, I felt as empty as an unkempt pool I was dangling my legs into.’’ (Hosseini 90). This conveys to the readers that Amir is guilt ridden and even after paying a high price, he is not able to achieve the satisfaction of being with Baba. His conscience keeps taking over his pleasant moments, dragging him into a deep hole of sins and guilt.
In addition, another example of Amir’s insignificance sacrifice can be seen through his newly formed disorder, insomnia, as the following quote implies ‘‘There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster. That was the night I became an insomniac.’’ (Hosseini 91). This clearly shows us that Amir’s action led him to become an insomniac and not only that, it also made him feel shameful in his own eyes, because he was responsible for causing immense pain to Hassan. Hence, through these evidences we can see that the sacrifice was not worth Baba’s love, because Amir’s guilt destroys him from inside, shattering him and making him feel like he is someone, which he did not desire to be.
Amir sacrifices a precious relationship of friendship with Hassan, for Baba’s love, however, that love only lasts him temporarily. Amir himself exclaims, ‘‘…our happy...

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