How Does Amir Change In The Kite Runner

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In the heart of the human psyche there is a love for people and characters both of a real and fictitious nature. What makes a character most identifiable is not his perfections, but rather his faults. It is far more enjoyable for a reader to see a realistic representation of a character growing up and maturing, than to witness a perfect, static character overcome any trials and tribulations with ease. In Khaled Hosseini’s work The Kite Runner the reader progresses through Amir’s life and witnesses his change from an immature child to that of a great man. However, his change did not come immediately nor did it take place throughout his youth. The pivotal moment in which Amir undergoes his transition from youth to maturity occurs when he lets…show more content…
In fact, he turns more to victim blaming, citing Hassan as weak for failing to defend and protect himself and instead choosing to save the flag for Amir due to his loyal, “For you, a thousand times over” attitude. (67) Amir acts in a manner only befitting of a temperamental child, refusing to interact with Hassan, even calling him sick when his father asks why Hassan had not joined them on a trip to Jalalabad, which is also symbolic of his internal jealousy. One of the few times Amir does interact with Hassan after the event, he tells him that “[He] want[s] [Hassan] to stop harassing [him]. [That he] wants[s] [Hassan] to go away” (88). Another time, Amir acts in rage, pelts Hassan with pomegranates and pleads with him to “hit [him] back!” and citing his lack of ability to as proof of Hassan being “a coward!... Nothing but a goddamn coward!” a sign of his misplaced emotions of guilt and self-hatred (92). His final act in a show of immature rage and fear was to frame Hassan in a crime of theft, ensuring that he would be sent away and breaking his earlier promise to Hassan that “No one’s sending you away”

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