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Rahim Khan’s Advice
Nicole Hamaway

The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a boy who faces numerous complications; such as, living in the household of an unloving father, and ultimately fails miserably when he tried to impress his father. His cowardice is revealed after witnessing the rape of his best friend, Hassan. With a guilty conscience, Rahim Khan tells Amir to travel to Afghanistan, in which Rahim says “there is a way to be good again” as a last attempt of redemption for Amir’s past shortcoming. In the Kite Runner, Rahim Khan sagely advice ultimately steers Amir to the path of goodness.

After winning the kite running contest Amir feels overjoyed. Hassan runs the kite so that Amir could have the perfect entrance into his house, with his father finally proud of him. But after searching the town for Hassan, Amir can’t find him anywhere. Then as Amir turns into an alleyway he sees what happened. Assef, the local bully who they have had past altercation with, and his two sidekicks pinned down Hassan. Assef lower his pants and Amir had just watched his best friend is raped. He had just witnessed the best day of his life turn into his worst. Amir ran, “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That's what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan. That's what I made myself believe. I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, 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?”. (140) Amir regrets his cowardice for the rest of his life.

An adult Amir, twenty years later, still regrets the decision he made that day. After receiving a letter from Rahim Khan,...