The Kite Runner Guilt Analysis

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Guilt Leads to Good Deeds Guilt is a feeling that you have done something wrong or let someone down. The Kite Runner portrays guilt as a major in the drive of the main characters. Amir, one of the main characters, is perpetually confronted by guilt. He is unable to escape from his tumultuous past. Amir himself already expresses the feeling of his guilt in the opening paragraph. I became what I am today at the age of twelve on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumble mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have…show more content…
Then I knocked on Baba’s door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies. Amir thinks that he can forget his guilt by driving Hassan out of his house. But he’s wrong. He can’t run away from his guilt in the past easily. Even after moving out to America, the guilty feeling taunts him back when Baba mentions Hassan’s name. A pair of steel hands closed around my windpipe at the sound of Hassan’s name. I rolled down the window. Waited for the steel hands to loosen their grip. Amir’s life is marked by his guilt. He tries to build a new life in America. But as he said in the opening story, the past always tries to crawl its way out back. He can’t find a way to redeem himself until Rakhim Khan calls him back to Kabul. Rakhim Khan asks him to rescue Sohrab, Hassan’s son, from an orphanage in Afghanistan. Amir refuses at first until Rakhim Khan reveals the truth. He tells Amir that Baba is Hassan’s father. Upon finding Sohrab, Amir comes face to face with Assef, the boy who raped Hassan all those years ago. He must fight him in order to save Sohrab. Assef beats Amir badly, he feels healed although he is ironically being beaten
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