Topics: Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Hazara people Pages: 2 (894 words) Published: May 20, 2013
Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Ian McEwan’s Atonement are novels that entice readers with characters that display universal truths about human nature. The Kite Runner introduces Amir, the son of Baba, living in 1960s Kabul, Afghanistan. Amir betrays Hassan, his best friend and the son of his servant, Ali. Amir and Baba escape to America amidst increasing violence in Afghanistan, leaving behind Hassan and Ali. Years later, Amir returns to Afghanistan in an attempt to correct his mistake. Atonement introduces Briony as a thirteen-year-old aspiring writer who misinterprets a scene between her older sister, Cecilia, and the son of the family servant, Robbie, as rape. Due to Briony’s ignorance and testimonial, Robbie goes to prison and serves in the army, as punishment for his supposed crime. Many years later, Briony uses literature to correct her past error in judgment. After Amir and Briony’s sins, they carry guilt with them about how unjustly they treated Hassan and Robbie, respectively. Indeed, they learn that even in their pivotal moments of personal success, their past casts a shadow onto their present. These characters demonstrate that sometimes we are unable to directly ask for forgiveness from those against whom we sinned, but self-redemption can still take place in alternate forms. Essentially, the insistence of these two characters’ past sins allows for the process of self-redemption and betterment. Amir belongs to the respected, wealthy ethnic group of Pashtuns, while Hassan is a poor Hazara who is looked down upon by the Pashtuns. Although Amir has the opportunity to intervene in Hassan’s rape by the neighbourhood bully, Assef, he chooses not to. Amir thinks, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay…to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it: He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini 82). The reason Amir uses to justify his selfish conscience and validate his choice to not help Hassan,...
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