The Kite Runner-Is Amir Happy or Not? Essay

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Cassie Brouillard Life is not always easy. Difficult situations arise, and sometimes it may seem that the way around them is impossible. In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the main character Amir faces these difficulties after his servant Hassan is raped. He first finds it difficult to go through life and shake the burden of not sticking up for his friend. However, through an attempt to overcome the shame of his past, Amir is able to find comfort and hope. By the end of The Kite Runner, Amir has become kamyab through the peace and renewal he finds in reconciling his past. Sohrab helps Amir overcome the guilt he felt for Hassan’s rape. At the beginning of the novel, Khaled Hosseini introduces Amir’s unhappiness that follows this guilt. Even as an old man narrating the story, Amir is still haunted by the memories of Hassan’s rape. “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 been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty six years (pg. 1).” However, years later, when Amir makes the decision to protect Sohrab from Assef, Amir finds peace in his life that has never existed. “For the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace…I hadn’t been happy and I hadn’t felt better, not at all. But I did now. My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed (pg. 289).” It is through finding Sohrab that Amir is able to throw the guilt away he has for not protecting Hassan. Amir has the courage to stand up to Assef that he did not have in the winter of 1975 to protect Hassan. It is through this peace that Amir is able to let go of his own self-torment and find happiness. Furthermore, Amir is no longer burdened by questions and secrets of his

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