The Kite Runner

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In Khaled Hosseni's novel, The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir, has an internal battle against himself for his wrongdoings. He has to face the overbearing guilt which has come from a terrible event he had witnessed during his childhood.

The beginning of the story shows the reader the relationship that Hassan and Amir have. Amir is more well off, and Hassan’s father works for his father. Although the boys grow up together, Amir tends to act with a more self righteous air to him, while Hassan simply wants to be with and please Amir. The day Hassan was raped, Amir was there and witnessed it. He did not do anything about it because he was just a scared child who did not want to suffer the consequence of what Assef, the rapist, would do to him. When Amir sees Hassan, he feels much guilt about the situation and not doing anything. This begins the creation of Amir's problems throughout the rest of the story. Amir continuously tries to live with the remorse he is feeling throughout the next few months of his childhood. He decides that he cannot live with his guilty conscience, and must somehow get rid of Hassan so that he does not have to have this feeling anymore. According to Amir, "I went downstairs, crossed the yard, and entered Ali and Hassan's living quarters by the loquat tree. I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it." (Hosseini 104) Amir tries to frame Hassan so that his father will send him away. He does this so that he will not have to live with the guilt of seeing Hassan everyday and dwelling on the event that happened. After this event, Hassan and his father decide to leave. Although Amir thought that this would help to ease his conscience, it only makes things worse for him in the end. Next, Amir and Baba travel to the United States. While they are there, Baba gets sick and dies. But one day, Amir gets a call from Rahim Kan. "I have to go to Pakistan." Amir says (Hosseini...
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