How Amir Comes to Be a Fully Grown Person
Becoming a fully developed person does not just have to do with developing physically. One’s majority can only be approved of if there is mental, moral advancing as well. In the book “The Kite Runner”, Khaled Hosseini guides us through the maturing of the narrator, Amir through parallelism. A grownup Amir faces parallel situations to what he had experienced in childhood. These situations are ones that Amir regrets and wishes to forget, due to their destructive consequences. So when Amir encounters their mirroring situations, he counters them in a mature and developed way, with actions he was too young to carry out before. Literary features like irony, action and characterization join with parallelism to show how Amir has came to be a better man after he left his home country, Afghanistan.
In two set of parallel actions in the novel, Amir shows that he is a much more courageous man than before through dialogue. As a child, Amir always knew that Baba wasn’t proud of Amir’s writings and his dream of becoming a writer. When Baba shows his disapproval, Amir is too scared to say anything against Baba; he wants to be the perfect son. So instead, he curses Baba’s blood that inherited to him silently. However, in America, Amir decides to stand up to Baba and tell him his dreams of becoming a writer. His dialogue shows confidence, as he says, “I stand my ground, I decided. I didn’t want to sacrifice for Baba anymore” (Hosseini 135). Amir has learnt that he should live for himself, and not Baba. This develops him because it gives him more self-respect, thus confidence. Another scene where Amir shows that he has become more confidence is in his encounters with Assef. In the first encounter of the novel, Amir uses pathetic dictions like “wondered”, “wished”, “trembled”, “sinking heart” (Hosseini 42), and escapes with the help of Hassan’s slingshot. As adults, they meet again, and although Amir is afraid at first, he starts using...
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