Betrayal and Guilt - Kite Runner Essay

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Betrayal and Guilt Today’s society aims for perfection, but perfection is impossible to achieve. Everyone makes mistakes, our culture looks at every single mistake as a flaw. A mistake such as lying is betrayal of trust, trust is hard to earn, but when trust is destroyed, everything you originally had is gone. The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, portraits many major themes corresponding to the dramatic plot. The story begins as a close family friend calls from Pakistan, wishing the main character, Amir, to go back to his birth place for some unfinished business. From there, the novel goes in chronological order, on the way Amir, realizes how things will turn out the way they are. Thought out the novel, a substantial part revolves around the guilt and betrayal of several main characters. Because of the guilt and betrayal happening throughout the story, many things changed between the relationships of the characters. Using character development and actions, Hosseini shows how guilt affects the way we act and how it makes an impact on others and those betrayed. Hassan and Amir have a great relationship, but one major mistake after another, Amir’s actions creates a non-amendable break in their relationship. Hassan is kind, understanding and most importantly loyal, but he is a Hazara. Being a Hazara means that they are usually servants and a class lower than the Pashtun Afghans. Amir on the other end is totally different, he is unwilling to sacrifice himself for the well-being of another. Amir is selfish, in Hassan’s time of need, Amir stands near the scene of the crime, watching, he “had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be... stand up for Hassan – the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past... Or I could run. In the end, I ran.”(Hosseini 77). The use of the phrase “last chance” shows how he

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