The Kite Runner demonstrates that people are motivated more by self-interest than by honour. Discuss.
In the novel ‘The Kite Runner’ By Khaled Hosseini, people are motivated by self-interest rather than by honour. There are many instances throughout the book where the characters take actions that are selfish and only benefit themselves. They know what the right thing to do is but don’t do it because it may hurt their own reputation. Amir frames Hassan, Baba keeps a huge secret and Assef treats people like dirt. All these examples show how self-interest at one point plays a bigger role in these characters lives.
After Amir witnesses the rape of Hassan, he can’t stand being with him let alone looking at him. It only reminds him of what happened and how he stood by and did nothing about it. In order to stop himself from feeling bad he frames Hassan with a theft so that him and Ali leave forever, leaving Amir no longer having to look at the guilt that was eating him up inside. ‘I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes. Then I knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies.’ Amir knew how horrible what he did was but felt like he needed to do it to rid himself of some of the guilt he had bottled up inside. He took this action only for the benefit of himself. He didn’t care to honour Hassan or what was right; he only cared for his feelings at the time. Amir is angry with himself but takes it out on Hassan and tries to make it out like he is the bad guy so that he feels less guilty. Hassan knows what is going on and despite the way Amir treats him, pretends he in fact was guilty of theft. Hassan was a true friend and always honoured Amir, something Amir didn’t do. ‘He was already turning the street corner, his rubber boots kicking up snow. He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. "For you a thousand times over!" he...
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