Kite Runner: Guilt as Motivation

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In the novel, The Kite Runner, the author Khaled Hosseini depicts guilt and perseverance as the motivation for an individual to seek redemption and attain the satisfaction of self-fulfillment.

Hosseini characterizes Baba as a wealthy, well-respected businessman who shows skepticism towards religious fundamentalism and follows his own moral code. Although, being rebellious to ones religion is looked down by society, Baba is still well respected because he acts with self-assurance and audacity. One can almost see these qualities radiating outward from Baba. He tries to convey these qualities to Amir, his son. He explains to Amir that "no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft... When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth.... There is no act more wretched than stealing." Ironically, Baba life is far more complex than it appears to others. He has broken many of his own moral codes which explains many of Baba’s actions. One of Baba’s unrighteous and deceitful secrets was that he had an affair with the wife of his servant, Ali. To make life worse, she bore him a son, who looked Hazara. This act of adultery and even more with a Hazara would ruin Baba’s reputation. Baba also lives with the guilt of his actions and kept this information concealed to save his reputation. Baba’s guilt of having such an affair made him seek redemption for his ways. His guilt was his motivation for redemption and took this task by building an orphanage. He is even willing to risk his life for what he believes in. Yet his shame at having a child with a Hazara woman leads him to hide the fact that Hassan is his son. Because he cannot love Hassan openly, he is somewhat distant toward Amir. By the end of Baba’s life he had not successfully attained the satisfaction of self fulfillment because he has separated himself from one of his sons and was a poor moral support to the other. Amir is the...
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