Kite Runner Essay

Topics: Khaled Hosseini, Hazara people, Thought Pages: 6 (2335 words) Published: July 19, 2012
The Kite RunnerJune 04th 2012

Decision making is important as it is a big factor in life. Choosing a decision reflects on one as it shows who their real identity is at the moment. Choices in life are what lead Amir to such an unwanted life. The choice that Amir makes of watching Hassan get raped reflects on his decision making. In the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir's choice of betraying Hassan shows the real identity behind Amir. The reflection that was shown on him as a grown man was caused by his choices made in life. He chose to watch the incident and as an effect, it made him be who he is today. Amir's choice of betrayal affects his life when he grows up and causes him to be unable to have happy relationships, with his family and friends.  His relationships with his father, Soraya and, Rahim Khan symbolize his past guilt.

Amir’s choice of abandoning Hassan was because of the lack of self esteem he presented. He had the choice of helping Hassan from this big tragedy, but Amir makes the wrong choice of running away. This proving he is a coward. He could have had the high confidence level and chose to save Hassan from this dilemma. Instead he chose to neglect Hassan and carry on with his life assuming everything will turn out to be acceptable to Baba and Hassan. Amir assumed he could escape from watching of the rape and think that Hassan will be okay with the situation. Amir supposed if he does not save Hassan, Amir’s and Baba’s relationship will get stronger. “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay the lamb I had to slay to win Baba.” (82), in reality, Baba would have thought highly of Amir if he had saved Hassan. Baba would think that he has affection towards Hassan and that is why he would have saved him. Instead, Amir thought of betraying Hassan and getting Baba all to himself. Getting rid of Hassan was the right answer to Amir at the moment. Baba doesn’t like it when people talk negative of Hassan, after all Hassan is Baba’s son. When Amir asked for a new servant, Baba got offended and went back to being not that affectionate towards Amir. This proves that nothing would separate the relationship between Hassan and Baba. Another strong point that Amir admires about Baba is his ability to stand up for other people. He looks up to Baba when he shows his strengths. The Russian guard got an eye on a woman in the truck and asked for a half hour with her in order to pass the check point. This is when Baba went out of his way and lost his honour when the Russian guard was attempting to rape the woman in the truck. Amir looking at all of this happen went back and thought of how he was thinking of he is nothing alike Baba. “My mind flashed back that winter say six years ago. Me, peering around the corner in the alley. Kamal and Wali holding Hassan down. Assef’s buttock muscles clenching and unclenching, his hips thrusting back and forth. Some hero I had been, fretting about the kite. Sometimes, I too wondered if I was really Baba’s son.” (122). Looking at Baba’s personality, Amir thought to himself that if he was more like Baba, that day six years ago would be looked back as positive thing to back on to him. After finding that he is nothing like Baba, he feels guilty of himself for letting it happen and not being able to stand up like Baba. Most of Amir’s life, he had always seen Baba as a role model. After his death and the time when Amir went for a visit to see Rahim Khan, he had found out that Ali couldn’t have children and it was Baba who had Hassan. From that point on the relationship that Amir had throughout his life with Baba changed. Even though Baba passed away, when he is brought up to Amir’s attention, he has a disgustful emotion towards his father. “How could he have lied to me all these years? To Hassan? He had sat on me straight in the eyes, and said, there is only one sin. And that is theft...When you lie; you steal someone’s right to truth. Hadn’t he said those words to me? And now, fifteen years...
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