Theme Of Innocence In The Kite Runner

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“A journey from innocence and naivety to wholeness and enlightenment” accurately describes the development of almost anyone, to a great extent; effectively, it states the transition from young child to wise adult. However, the phrase is particularly relevant to The Kite Runner because Amir's journey to enlightenment is the novel's central theme. In fact, the phrase could almost serve as the novel's summary. Amir's naivety is perhaps best reflected in the chapter in which he is the youngest, the novel's second chapter. Indeed, the opening paragraph conjures the perfect picture of childlike innocence: Amir reminisces about sitting barefoot in poplar trees with Hassan, annoying his neighbors by reflecting light into their homes with a shard of mirror and eating mulberries. He then discusses talking (or perhaps bullying) Hassan into firing walnuts at the neighbor's dog with a slingshot - “Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn't…show more content…
Why don't you go read one of those books of yours?” (pg. 5) – and the reader is now positioned to pity Amir, seeing him as the overly-pampered child bombarded with material possessions by his father to compensate for lack of attention. Thus, a more vulnerable side of Amir is revealed, one which yearns for his father's affection but rarely receives it. As the tale progresses, we see that the child Amir both reveres and fears Baba, even resents him: “With me as the glaring exception, my father moulded the world around him to his liking. The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. And he got to decide what was black and what was white. You can't love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.” (pg. 15). In his childishness, Amir's perception of his father is 'selective'; he sees only Baba's faults and is oblivious to his bravery and
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