Kite Runner Significance to Identity

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Kite Runner Significance to Identity

By | Feb. 2013
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The Kite Runner: The Significance to Identity
   Herbert Chang
Block E English
Mr. Wall
Who are we as individuals? This is a question that we contemplate, often yet unsuccessfully, without arriving at a definite answer. Our identities are a unique and complicated thing- not only are they influenced by many factors, they are also constantly evolving as we move from goal to goal, aspiration to aspiration. What makes each of us unique in personality is our different background and experiences, the most notable factor our families. Since the day we were born, our families have influenced us, both directly and indirectly, ingraining cultural, gender, and religious beliefs into us. In The Kite Runner, the ingraining of identity due to family influences can be most easily perceived in the many relationships Khaled Hosseini created, for instance Baba having strong moral integrity due to his father’s occupation as a judge, but it is most strongly seen in the relationship that Baba and Amir share. Using the theme of morality and the abuse of power, Khaled Hosseini exemplifies the importance of family on the societal and moral identity.    “Do you[Baba] always have to be the hero?(115)” One of the most defining characteristics of Baba is his sense of morality. One of Baba’s biggest principles is his view on theft; he believes that “there is only one sin… and that is theft. (18)” Amir’s life was influenced by the betrayal of Baba’s key principle, with him living in regret since the winter of 1975. Amir’s identity is largely based on the guilt of betraying Hassan’s trust and robbing everyone, Baba, Ali, and Hassan himself, of their “right to the truth.” Because of Baba’s moral principles, Amir carried the weight of his theft through his lifetime. Although Amir’s guilt was directly derived from Baba’s influence, his aspirations were indirectly influenced- Amir always looked up to Baba, and deep inside wished to embody the principles that Baba held dear, to be the hero...