Kite Runner

In: English and Literature

Submitted By katiegriffin
Words 331
Pages 2
Forgiveness is a necessary part of human existence, although it is rarely easy to give, and sometimes hardest to give to ourselves. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini illustrates how humans have the tendency to dwell on past mistakes. As the novel progresses, the reader comes to a conclusion that is not one action, but a serious of actions that creates the characters personality and characteristics.
As a child Amir longed for his father's affection and forgiveness for taking his mother's life after giving birth to him. ”Then I'd bring it home and show Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy. Then maybe my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over"(Pg.56).Amir knew he had to do something courageous and honorable to earn his father's forgiveness, he had to win the upcoming kite tournament. Amir felt by winning the kite tournament Baba would finally see him in a better light. He wanted to make Baba so proud that'll he'd forget about the disappointments he brought. "All I saw was the blue kite. All I smelled was victory” (Pg. 65). Amir was right, Baba was finally proud. Together they began to do more activities, Baba even began calling him Amir Jan. But the closer they became the farther him and his closest friend, Hassan, grew apart. Amir and Hassan were inseparable growing up. Minus the fact Hassan was Amir's servant, both loved and trusted one other. "For you a thousand times over," he said. Then, he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared around the corner"(Pg.67). Hassan was willing to do anything for Amir, a thousand times over, but was Amir wasn’t quite willing to do the same. The night he earned his father's redemption was the same night he betrayed his closest friend. Watching Hassan being raped in horror by the neighborhood bully and doing nothing but watch in fear because he was afraid of the same fate....