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Loyalty and Guilt

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Hassan’s Loyalty and Amir’s Guilt

In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, two of the major themes throughout the novel were loyalty and guilt. The characters showed these themes in many different situations. Hassan, who is a servant, shows extreme loyalty to Amir and Amir shows guilt the most throughout the novel.

Hassan showed loyalty mainly toward Amir. One example of him being loyal is when Assef is going to beat up Amir. Hassan pulls out his slingshot and aims it at Assef to protect them, even though he could have got hurt worse by Assef for doing this. Another example is when Assef and his friends told Hassan to give them the blue kite, which was for Amir. Hassan wouldn’t give it to them even though he wouldn’t have been beat up or raped if he did. This shows Hassan didn’t want to disappoint Amir. Also in the novel, Amir throws pomegranates at Hassan to try and get Hassan to hit him. Hassan wouldn’t do it and instead picked up a pomegranate and crushed it in his own face.

Amir showed guilt for many different things throughout the novel. One reason Amir felt guilty was for not being the son Baba always wanted. A quote that showed him feeling this way was “The least I could of done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him,” (19). In this quote Amir is feeling like Baba isn’t proud of him and the person he turned out to be. Another reason Amir feels guilty is for “killing” his mother when she gave birth to him. One quote that shows this is “I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I?” (19). The main thing Amir felt guilty for was the way he treated Hassan. Amir would tease Hassan when he didn’t know what a word meant. A quote that showed how he felt after teasing Hassan was “I would feel guilty about is later. So I’d try to make up for it by giving him one of my old shirts or broken toys,” (29). Also later on in the novel, Soraya talks about how she taught her servant to read and Amir feels...