Kite Runner Essay

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27 November 2013 Kite Runner Essay In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan sacrifices his own blood for Amir, even though Amir did in fact have a chance to save Hassan from his fate. Even with his guilt, Amir is never able to call Hassan his friend until learning of his blood relation to him, bringing him to see that the surface value of a person, where they came from and what they’ve done, is not a worthy assessment of the person. Because of Amir’s evolved understanding of who people are beyond their social status or blood relation, he is able to accept his past and find redemption. Amir’s decision to marry Soraya as well as to adopt Sohrab is based on his realization of the need to accept people as they are. After he and Soraya learn they are infertile, they discuss the idea of adoption with Soraya’s parents, but her father disapproves saying, “Blood is a powerful thing, bachem, and when you adopt, you don’t know whose blood you’re bringing into your house” (Hosseini 188). The irony of General Taheri emphasizing the importance of knowing whose blood is in your household and insuring its purity is that Amir didn’t know whom Hassan’s blood really came from. This is why, subconsciously, Amir isn’t as opposed to adoption as other Afghans. Also during their discussion with Soraya’s parents, Amir describes Soraya as being “tired, tired of it all” (Hosseini 186). Sohrab repeats this same statement while in the hospital, and both concern adoption. Soraya is tired of trying for her own baby but then is faced with the process of considering adoption, and Sohrab had attempted suicide because he thought he would have to go to an orphanage while he awaited a pending adoption. This is also ironic because both should be physically exhausted from their traumas, but their statements are only referring to their mental exhaustion and resignation. Then, in a remorseful

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