Forgiveness I the Kite Runner

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The Importance of Forgiveness Sometimes, we do bad deeds to people in our life. We ask them to forgive us in order to make things better. Forgiveness is the act of compassionately releasing the desire to punish someone or yourself for an offense. In this novel, the author shows the nature of forgiveness as a theme. This theme is shown a lot through the main character, Hassan. When Hassan and Amir were still young, they made some mischief. The ideas of those mischiefs originally came from Amir. When Ali caught and got mad. “Yes, Father,” Hassan would mumble, looking down at his feet. But he never told on me. Never told that the mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor’s dog, was always my idea. Hassan always took blame when they caught up. He even didn’t tell on Amir. He didn’t get angry when Amir was only silent and didn’t admit that he was the creator of those mischiefs. From here, we can see that even though he was still a kid, he knew how to forgive someone. Another act of forgiveness is shown by Hassan when Amir asked him to climb the hill. This event happened after several days of Hassan’s rape. In that hill, Amir, who felt guilty, hit Hassan with pomegranates several times. He hoped that Hassan would do the same thing. But Hassan didn’t hit him back, instead he hit himself. Then Hassan did pick up a pomegranate. He walked toward me. He opened it and crushed it against his own forehead. “There,” he croaked, red dripping down his face like blood. “Are you satisfied? Do you feel better?” He turned around and started down the hill. Hassan knew what Amir was trying to do. Instead of being enraged, he hit himself to show that he was not looking for vengeance. Hassan knew that he had to forgive Amir for bringing forth his anger towards him. Hassan’s forgiveness to Amir was proven when he gave Amir a present in his birthday. He held up a
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