A Look in the Mirror "The Kite Runner"

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Baba sat Amir on his lap and explains his idea of sin and says “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth” (18). To Baba there is only one sin, and this sin is theft. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is about a wealthy Sunni Muslim boy Amir that is raised in Afghanistan. Amir lives with his father Baba, Ali the servant and Ali’s son Hassan. Amir’s mother passed giving birth to Amir and Amir blames himself for his mother’s death. He struggles to gain a relationship with his father and lives threw a traumatic childhood. When Amir was in fifth grade his teacher told the students that drinking was a sin and those who drank would be judge on the Day of Judgment. One day Amir was sitting in Baba’s study and told Baba what the teacher told him. After pouring his whiskey, Baba told Amir that bearded teachers knew nothing of sin and that Amir would not learn from those Mullahs. Amir was happy to be able to have a talk with his father because this did not happen often. The words Baba said about sin that day in Baba’s study stuck in Amir’s mind. One day Amir participated in a kite battle and won by cutting the string of the last kite. Hassan, his servant and a good kite runner, promised Amir that he was going to catch the blue kite that Amir had just cut. After Hassan caught the kite he was confronted by Assef, a half German boy from the neighborhood, and his two friends. Assef was a bully and liked to pick on Hassan; that day Assef raped Hassan. Amir saw the rape from a distance and did not do anything to help. From that day Amir was unable to forgive himself and face Hassan. After Amir’s thirteenth birthday Amir placed money and his new watch under Hassan’s pillow and then went to Baba and told him that Hassan had stolen his watch. Hassan, who was always protecting Amir, lied and said that he had stolen the money and watch. Amir was hoping that Baba would tell Hassan that he must leave the house, but instead Baba forgave Hassan. Amir was shocked by...
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