What Is Amir's Guilt In The Kite Runner

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Ramsey Philippe In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini is a story about a boy who still has intense guilt as an adult from his childhood. We later find out that this guilt stems from his childhood best friend. Amir, the main character feels extremely guilty that he is trying to atone for his sins. He is trying to look for redemption and hopes to one day be redeemed. He finally realizes this when a friend of his calls and says ”There is a way to be good again. ” Hosseini is not only trying to get Amir to reach realization about his life and and choices through constant reflection but is also trying to get the reader to possibly reexamine their own lives through reflection. Amir constantly has flashbacks to his old life so he can reevaluate and think about his life choices. For example, Hassan is remembered by saying “For you a thousand times over.” This resonated with Amir greatly. It made him reflect on how he behaved toward Hassan before and after he was harmed by Assef. He even said it right before he went to retrieve the kite. He realized that he needed to do something because of all the kind of hurtful reflections he realized he had with Hassan to finally understand. The reader will constantly reflect back to their own life and choices because Amir does frequently. It really makes you thin if your childhood was that bad or how good it really was or how you acted towards people.…show more content…
For example, whenever Amir sees kites, he remembers Hassan. “I looked up at those twin kites. I thought about Hassan.Thought about Baba. Ali. Kabul.thought of the life had lived until the winter of 1975 came and changed everything.And made me what I am today.” Kites bring back good memories but then the one bad memory overthrows the good memory. Amir didn’t do anything to help Hassan when he got raped by Assef. So now kites remind him of a bad memory. It affects him and he knows he has to do

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