Ignorance is bliss. Or so one may think....in actuality ignorance is merely an illusion of bliss, a false occurrence produced by telling secrets when one fears the truth. .Just like a dream though, one most eventually awake from the ignorance in secrets, and the protection that secrets provide fades away into nothingness.....and the truth explode into the world and people finally see things the way they really are and realize they much rather handle the truth. In the novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini's characters keep secrets to protect each other, but the ignorance that they spread causes more pain to the people then the truth would have. They learn this harsh reality by suffering from massive guilt, realizing the aftermath of the secrets, and by experiencing the joy of turning ignorance into enlightenment.
Secrets are made up of perpetual deception, which causes guilt to build up because without the truth there can be no closure to the pain with the continuous cycle of lies. Amir suffers profusely from guilt because the huge secret he holds creates pain through guilt. When Amir visits Whahid's family Whahid says to Amir, "You are an honorable man, Amir Aga. A true Afghan " (238). Amir's response to this is he "cringes inside." This shows that something inside Amir's heart is bothered by this compliment, this statement. The more and more lies he tells to conceal his true nature, the more the truth comes knocking on his door, and the more pain he suffers. Guilt is essentially the pain causes by a conflict of truth and lies, and the battle will never end until the truth prevails. Amir therefore gets stuck in this perpetual cycle of lies to cover up more lies, and eventually his internal pain reaches such a deep level that it also becomes physically unbearable, and he instinctively cringes inside for each new lie he covers. By telling the truth sooner, Amir could have relieved much of this guilt and created closure for himself, instead of running in...
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