While this selfless sense can be though of by some as not enough to make him the heroic character as I am setting him out to be, it is not only this characteristic itself, but rather the actions of sleeplessness in its entirety throughout the novel. These actions are seen towards the end of the novel when Amir goes back to Afghanistan from his life in America, which in itself is already the discussed sense of selflessness. However, it doesn’t end there, he goes back to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son. While Amir might have been doing this soley because of the guilt he still has with the rape incident with Hassan when he was a child, it still shows his heroic actions, even though he is trying to redeem himself for not saving Hassan as a child, but instead saving his son years later. These actions thus far set up Amir to be seen as a heroic figure in the novel, but as the novel progresses even further he heroic symbolism becomes more and more backed up and confirmed.
Despite their difference in social classes, they are practically brothers. 3. “There is no act more wretched than stealing, Amir” (18) This quote from Baba describes a side of his personality. He is a strict man, but teaches valuable lessons to Amir. He is wise and experienced.
It tells us that Hassan would do anything for Amir, using the word “a thousand” rather than just saying “for you”. It also shows us that later in the plot Hassan will keep his habits as he shows no sign of stopping. It develops the theme of friendship a friend is someone who will help you do anything you ask of them. Amir is very selfish and only does things for his benefit; he never once went out of his way to help Amir when they were kids. “I had one last chance to make a decision.
The Kite Runner follows the lives of Amir and his father, along with their live-in servants Ali and his son Hassan. The movie starts with Amir as a published writer in America, who receives a telephone call from his motherland, his late father’s friend Rahim calls asking him to come back. Amir goes to hostile Afghanistan to help Rahim in his illness, but before we find out the true reason of his visit, Amir takes us 26 years back into his childhood in Afghanistan with his father and his only friend Hassan. Hassan, the servant’s son living in the adjunct house admires Amir, however, Amir looks at Hassan as his competition. Amir’s father, Baba admires Hassan for his courage to fight the other boys and stand up for himself, while Amir will never get into a fight.
In the book The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan have an odd friendship. They have grown up together, fed from the same breast, and been raised in the same house but Amir still does not call Hassan a friend. This gives the reader the impression that because Amir’s father is wealthy, and they are Pashtuns, Amir considers himself better than Hassan. This fact has a great impact on their friendship because Amir is constantly testing it, and Hassan is willing to do anything for him. In the novel Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie have a similar friendship.
Seven years senior to Sonny, the narrator helped raise his brother through his youth. When on reflecting his childhood years, the narrator has many fond memories with Sonny but doesn’t divulge with specifics. It is clear to see by how the narrator speaks of Sonny, the narrator cares a great deal about him. When the narrator read the headlines projecting his brother’s name, it flipped his world upside down. Through the narrator’s life he’d certainly meant to keep Sonny’s best interest in mind, hadn’t he?
In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the author uses the parallels of, Amir and Soraya, and their love and tension relationship with their fathers to demonstrate in the end, their fathers all they want is what is the best for them. As a kid, Amir has a complex relationship with Baba. He always wanted Baba for
Rhonda Sharp Jillian Daly English 50 6 December 2007 My Fathers Son Throughout the novel The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini explores the issues of atonement. Baba a wealthy man and his son Amir lived in a beautiful home in Afghanistan while their servants Ali and Hassan lived in a mud hut. Amir’s mother died giving birth to him and Hassans mother ran off with traveling singers and dancers. Baba and Ali had grown up together. Ali was like family although Ali was Baba’s servant.
However he redeems himself, after Rahim Khan declares that there is a way to be good again, by rescuing Sorab from his harmed homeland. Amir learns to make peace with his incident with Hassan and at the end of the novel is able to use one of Hassan’s most heart wrenching quotations, “for you a thousand times over”, to build a relationship with Hassan’s orphaned child. Thus Amir is displayed to have acquired a heroic nature. This is illustrated though Amir’s willingness to save Sorab, a boy he knew nothing about, yet cared so much for. Although Hassan is a silent hero throughout the novel, Amir matures and adapts to become the ultimate hero by rescuing Sorab and through those actions rescuing himself in the way that his fatal flaw is finally forgiven.
He explores the ideas of guilt and atonement through Amir, the novel protagonist and to a lesser extent through Baba, his father, and a wealthy Afghan man. Rahim Khan, a friend of Baba, explains the positive value of the guilt that has haunted Amir for years by showing him that it can lead to true redemption. In the novel, by exploring the ideas of guilt and atonement through Amir, Hosseini is able to show the debilitating effects on his life. Amir is so haunted and traumatised by his past that he fears that he and Soraya are unable to conceive a child as he is being punished for his childhood sins. Even though Amir believes this, he finds it hard to confess his sins to Rahim Khan and his secret can be compared to Soraya’s openness.