The Kite Runner

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Submitted By shhreyy
Words 1100
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The Kite Runner shows that loss of innocence has devastating consequences on a person’s life.
Khaled Hosseini’s, The Kite Runner, demonstrates the way in which the loss of virtue can tarnish a person’s life and have severe ramifications. Innocence can be tainted by traumatic childhood events; however, the person’s ability to move past this experience is determined by their strength and willingness to do so. Many people, who have lost their virtue, possess the mental stamina to move past their experiences and ease the impact it has on their life. Hassan is a character who compellingly reflects this notion. On the other hand, the main protagonist Amir believes he is unable to escape the guilt of his betrayal. It is his perpetual focus on his past that ultimately exacerbates the impact of his tarnished innocence on his life. However as time progresses, the impact his loss has on his life acts as an impetus to recovering and provides Amir with the motivation to move on and overcome the past experiences. At times people choose to chase the loss of innocence and willingly welcome the consequences it brings. Often the ramifications appear devastating to external figures but to individual the effects and desired. Assef evocatively reflects this idea and uses his loss of innocence to impose his corrupt sentiments onto others.
Although a loss of virtue can result in severe repercussions in an individual’s life, their internal motivation and strength to overcome its impact allows them to move forward. Hassan’s innocence is tarnished as a child when Assef rapes him, although Hassan’s “look of acceptance” suggests he “understands [he] is the price [Amir] has to pay” in order to win “Baba’s heart,” the trauma of the experience still severely impacts on him. Initially he attempts to overcome the ordeal by “sleeping it off,” however Hassan realizes the effect his encounter has…...