The Evolution Of A Hero In 'The Kite Runner'

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The Evolution of a Hero Our lives are based on our vivid memories of the past. The experiences that we had early on in our childhood of learning to not steal candy from the corner store, or to say please and thank you at the table all intertwine to form our visions of our future. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Amir is a character we observe that has to deal with the painful memories of the past. His main regret of betraying his loyal friend Hassan has haunted his soul for the last 26 years of his life. “It maybe unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometime even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime” (Hosseini 183). What happened between Amir and Hassan in a few days, accumulated into a giant whirlwind of sorrow and…show more content…
Deep inside, Amir feels a sense of burden and guilt because he killed Baba’s beloved princess, even though it wasn’t his fault. “Because the truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. After all, I had killed his beloved wife [. . .] . The least I could have done was to have [. . .] turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him.” ( Hosseini 24). This little glitch makes Amir feel that he has to redeem himself and prove to Baba that he’s not worthless and a disgrace to him. As a child, Amir’s main priority was to gain Baba’s love and affection no matter the price. But being just a child, he had no critical thinking that his actions would cause a greater reaction and affect his life-long relationship with his loyal friend Hassan, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer [. . .] he was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” ( Hosseini 100). This quote goes beyond Amir’s childish acts, as it also portrays Amir’s views toward Hassan. Since Baba kept his secret tightly locked, Amir did not respect Hassan the way he would of if he knew that Hassan was his half-brother. Without this knowledge there would have been a different outcome and status that Amir would place on Hassan. Instead of Hassan being “just a Hazara”, Amir would feel the brotherly love he already had but didn’t express it

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