The Kite Runner

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Ronny Yaya
English 11
The Kite Runner Essay
April 21, 2011

“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.” Amir, the main character in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, has an entire life full of guilt and full of lack of attention. Amir always feels as if he has to work for his father’s appreciation. Amir strives to redeem himself by trying to prove his abilities to his father, by searching punishment, and by always wanting to have Baba all to himself.

Early on in Amir’s life, Baba and he are not very close. Baba says this to his friend Rahim Khan as they discussed Amir’s lack of character. “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son.” (23) Amir overhears this and is why Amir feels like he is just not good enough for his father. He feels he needs to prove himself to be worthy of his father during the kite contest. The words he says during the kite contest were, “I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.” (56) Amir always takes his father’s judgment toward him to consideration; he feels like he needs to impress Baba and never feels comfortable with him because he feels he is always judging him. How can it be any different, though, after hearing his father say that he is ashamed of him because he doesn’t think he’s strong enough? When Amir actually wins the kite contest, Baba starts treating him very nicely and shows him he’s proud. Amir’s reaction to this special treatment was feeling guilt for Hassan. However, Amir was finally getting close with his father and he says, “And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.” (66) Baba has a lack of character because he only shows Amir he is proud of him when Amir proves he is skillful...
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