Ap Lang Kite Runner Theme Essay

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“There is a way to be good again.” These words lingered in Amir’s mind throughout the entire story and set way for him to change his past. Amir constantly attempts to relieve himself of all of his remorse by running from the things he has done wrong. However, as the story continues, Amir begins to realize that he cannot live his life in denial and he must not continue to be trapped in his present by his past. Instead, he must come to forgive himself and accept his mistakes as a part of making him a better person. Hence, the main theme of the story Atonement is freedom from the mind’s prison of guilt. Although Amir had committed many acts in his life that contributed to his remorse in the duration of the novel, the most offensive that made it almost impossible for him to ever forgive himself was one that he not necessarily committed but witnessed. When Amir was about twelve years old, he witnessed his best friend, Hassan be sodomized by the neighborhood bully, Assef. He did nothing to stop his friend from being violated. He simply watched out of fear of what could be done to him. Even though Hassan knew that Amir observed him being violated and decided to do nothing to prevent these actions from happening to him, he was still loyal to Amir. Hassan still made an effort to have a friendship with Amir as if him being sodomized never happened. This event was the start of his never ending guilt that accumulated over the duration of most of his life. To make matters worse, Amir further imprisons himself in a mental world of guilt by the actions he takes after realizing that Hassan is still loyal to him despite what he didn’t have the courage to do, which was to stop Hassan from being violated. After realizing how civil Hassan is towards him and beginning to go into a slight state of silent insanity due to guilt, Amir then decides that he can no longer live in his mental hell. He decides to get rid of Hassan forever the best way that he knows how. Amir staged a scene...
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