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Many individuals often feel guilty for a choice they
make in life. This guilt that exists in one’s self can have a tremendous impact
on their entire life. Guilt has the incredible power to change an individual’s
perspective and cause them to make irrational decisions. The Kite Runner,
written by Khaled Hosseini, is a world-renowned novel published in 2003 that
tells the story of a young boy named Amir who finds himself guilty of having
failed to fight a boy who raped his friend. One of the main themes Hosseini
emphasizes in the novel is the powerful effect that guilt has on one’s selfHO1 . Throughout the novel, different characters such as
Amir, Sanubar and Baba found themselves guilty at one point in the novel for
making a choice they considered to be wrong. Hosseni portrays HO2 two different types of guilt characters face in the
Kite Runner.  The first being misplaced
guilt in which individuals feel guilty when they aren’t responsible for the
events they feel guilty for. The other type of guilt expressed in this book is
guilt that individuals rightly feel because of their own actions or inactions
that they are responsible for.  The three
characters exhibit a variety of the two types of guilt described above. The
guilt expressed by these characters affected their future decisions and the
entirety of the plot.  The Kite Runner
demonstrates that guilt can have a powerful HO3 effect on one’s self.

 

The Kite Runner demonstrates the theme of guilt
through the main character, Amir. In the case of Amir, one decision affected
his actions for the rest of his life. In the beginning of the story, Amir
observes his close friend, Hassan, getting bullied by an older boy named
Aseef.  Amir was hesitant between making
the decision of running away or intervening. In the end, Amir decided to run
and not stand up for Hassan. Amir’s guilt developed from the moment he decided
to run away from the alley. However, the hidden message that Hosseni implies
throughout the novel is misplaced guilt; even if Amir intervened and stood up
for Hassan, he would stand no chance against the older boy, Aseef. As a result,
Amir unnecessarily feels guilty about what he did without realizing that he
wouldn’t have made a difference in the first place.  This one decision left a stain on Amir for
the next thirty years. A quote to support this from the text states “I wish
someone would wake me up, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore.”(88)
This quote explains the guilt that existed within Amir after seeing what
happened to Hassan. Throughout the text, Amir finds himself seeking
opportunities to redeem himself for his decision of not intervening in the
situation when Hassan was getting bullied. An example is when Amir tries
throwing pomegranates at Hassan, as an attempt to get Hassan to fight back and
punish Amir. However, Hassan refused to throw any pomegranates at Amir. Another
quote states “I felt so guilty. I wanted Hassan to fight me back for
the way I failed himHO4 .”(94) This quote indicates that Amir wanted Hassan to
fight him back, so he could have the “punishment he craved” (93). Amir wanted
to feel the act of being punished for his wrongdoing, similar to how Hassan was
punished due to Amir’s apparent mistake. This demonstrates how Amir’s guilt
causes him to make irrational decisions throughout the novel. The guilt carried
on with Amir into his adulthood as he embarked on different journeys to seek
redemption for the one decision he made as a kid. An example is when Amir
travels to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan’s orphaned son from the harsh
circumstances he was forced to face in Kabul. This is one example of many of
how Amir attempts to pursue different opportunities to free himself of his own
guilt for the decision he made 20 years ago. Amir’s guilt plagued his entire
life and many of his future actions which revolved around his guilt from one
decision.

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Another character in Hosseini’s Kite Runner that
demonstrates the effect of guilt on one’s self is Baba. Similar to Amir, Baba’s
own sense of guilt affects many of his decisions. Contrary to his actions in
the novel, Baba believed that lying was an extremely bad act. An example from
the novel is when Baba stated “when someone lied, they stole away someone’s
right to the truth.” (223)  However, as
the novel progressed, Baba lies to many other characters such as Amir and
Hassan. Near the conclusion of the novel, the reader realizes that Amir is
Hassan’s half brother and that Hassan is Baba’s biological father. However,
Baba never reveals that information to neither Amir nor Hassan, but instead
keeps it as a secret to himself, committing the only sin that mattered to Baba,
which was lying. Baba’s guilt caused him to forcibly act ashamed of Amir for no
reason. Baba stated, “there’s always something missing with my son.”(19) This
quote indicates that Baba always felt something wrong with Amir and thus was
always critical of Amir. Baba’s guilt for not being a good father to his
biological son, Hassan, led him to give preferential treatment for Hassan while
still having the appearance as a man with one son. Baba didn’t want to feel the
remorse for giving Amir the luxurious life over his legitimate son, Hassan.
There are many examples in the text that demonstrate how Baba’s guilt forces
him towards lying to his legitimate son. An example from the text
is during chapter 8HO5 , when Hassan steals Amir’s birthday money and Baba lies
by forgiving Hassan.  Baba’s guilt of
lying to his illegitimate son, Amir, and hiding the truth from his legitimate
son, Hassan, forced him to commit the only sin HO6 that mattered to him, demonstrating guilt’s powerful impact
on one’s self.

 

Another character affected by guilt is Sanubar.
Sanubar’s guilt affects many of her decisions and is the driving force of
nearly all her actions. After giving birth to Hassan, Sanubar left her family
to join a group of singers, leaving her family in the dust. Later in the story,
the text reveals that Hassan is Baba’s biological son, indicating that Saubar
and Baba committed infidelity. Sanubar felt guilty as she was scared if the
truth ever came out that she and Baba committed adultery. As a result,
Sanubar’s guilt forces her to leave her son. A quote states HO7 “She left Hassan soon after she was done giving
birth.” (18) This quote implies that Sanubar’s guilt affected her decision to
quickly leave her family. This one decision, left a stain on Sanubar for the
rest of her life. Thirty years later, Sanubar is in her old age with an assortment
of injuries. She decides to go to Hassan’s house and beg for forgiveness for
the decision she made of leaving him. Another quote states HO8 “(I) beg forgiveness. (I) made a mistake when I left
you.” This quote indicates how regretful Sanubar felt after leaving Hassan,
demonstrating guilt’s power on one’s thoughts. 
Sanubar even went to the point of begging Allah – the god she followed,
for forgiveness. Sanubar’s guilt for leaving Hassan forced her to come back to
Hassan’s life, so she could be a good mother. The guilt that stemmed from one
decision that Sanubar made of leaving Hassan, affected nearly all of her
actions and decisions she made throughout the novel.

 

The Kite Runner illustrated guilt’s powerful effect on
one’s actions. Hosseni uses Baba to demonstrate how guilt can even cause
individuals to break bonds between their loved ones. Minor characters such as
Sanubar, display how guilt can be carried on with someone for a lifetime. Last
but not least, Hosseni uses the main character, Amir, to illustrate how the one
descsion he made of leaving his closest friend get raped, affected his entire
life.  As the novel progressed, readers
realized how one choice could affect someone’s life until they redeemed
themselves for their wrongdoing. Guilt has a powerful impact on one’s self; it
has the ability to completely change someone from the inside out

Many individuals often feel guilty for a choice they
make in life. This guilt that exists in one’s self can have a tremendous impact
on their entire life. Guilt has the incredible power to change an individual’s
perspective and cause them to make irrational decisions. The Kite Runner,
written by Khaled Hosseini, is a world-renowned novel published in 2003 that
tells the story of a young boy named Amir who finds himself guilty of having
failed to fight a boy who raped his friend. One of the main themes Hosseini
emphasizes in the novel is the powerful effect that guilt has on one’s selfHO1 . Throughout the novel, different characters such as
Amir, Sanubar and Baba found themselves guilty at one point in the novel for
making a choice they considered to be wrong. Hosseni portrays HO2 two different types of guilt characters face in the
Kite Runner.  The first being misplaced
guilt in which individuals feel guilty when they aren’t responsible for the
events they feel guilty for. The other type of guilt expressed in this book is
guilt that individuals rightly feel because of their own actions or inactions
that they are responsible for.  The three
characters exhibit a variety of the two types of guilt described above. The
guilt expressed by these characters affected their future decisions and the
entirety of the plot.  The Kite Runner
demonstrates that guilt can have a powerful HO3 effect on one’s self.

 

The Kite Runner demonstrates the theme of guilt
through the main character, Amir. In the case of Amir, one decision affected
his actions for the rest of his life. In the beginning of the story, Amir
observes his close friend, Hassan, getting bullied by an older boy named
Aseef.  Amir was hesitant between making
the decision of running away or intervening. In the end, Amir decided to run
and not stand up for Hassan. Amir’s guilt developed from the moment he decided
to run away from the alley. However, the hidden message that Hosseni implies
throughout the novel is misplaced guilt; even if Amir intervened and stood up
for Hassan, he would stand no chance against the older boy, Aseef. As a result,
Amir unnecessarily feels guilty about what he did without realizing that he
wouldn’t have made a difference in the first place.  This one decision left a stain on Amir for
the next thirty years. A quote to support this from the text states “I wish
someone would wake me up, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore.”(88)
This quote explains the guilt that existed within Amir after seeing what
happened to Hassan. Throughout the text, Amir finds himself seeking
opportunities to redeem himself for his decision of not intervening in the
situation when Hassan was getting bullied. An example is when Amir tries
throwing pomegranates at Hassan, as an attempt to get Hassan to fight back and
punish Amir. However, Hassan refused to throw any pomegranates at Amir. Another
quote states “I felt so guilty. I wanted Hassan to fight me back for
the way I failed himHO4 .”(94) This quote indicates that Amir wanted Hassan to
fight him back, so he could have the “punishment he craved” (93). Amir wanted
to feel the act of being punished for his wrongdoing, similar to how Hassan was
punished due to Amir’s apparent mistake. This demonstrates how Amir’s guilt
causes him to make irrational decisions throughout the novel. The guilt carried
on with Amir into his adulthood as he embarked on different journeys to seek
redemption for the one decision he made as a kid. An example is when Amir
travels to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan’s orphaned son from the harsh
circumstances he was forced to face in Kabul. This is one example of many of
how Amir attempts to pursue different opportunities to free himself of his own
guilt for the decision he made 20 years ago. Amir’s guilt plagued his entire
life and many of his future actions which revolved around his guilt from one
decision.

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Another character in Hosseini’s Kite Runner that
demonstrates the effect of guilt on one’s self is Baba. Similar to Amir, Baba’s
own sense of guilt affects many of his decisions. Contrary to his actions in
the novel, Baba believed that lying was an extremely bad act. An example from
the novel is when Baba stated “when someone lied, they stole away someone’s
right to the truth.” (223)  However, as
the novel progressed, Baba lies to many other characters such as Amir and
Hassan. Near the conclusion of the novel, the reader realizes that Amir is
Hassan’s half brother and that Hassan is Baba’s biological father. However,
Baba never reveals that information to neither Amir nor Hassan, but instead
keeps it as a secret to himself, committing the only sin that mattered to Baba,
which was lying. Baba’s guilt caused him to forcibly act ashamed of Amir for no
reason. Baba stated, “there’s always something missing with my son.”(19) This
quote indicates that Baba always felt something wrong with Amir and thus was
always critical of Amir. Baba’s guilt for not being a good father to his
biological son, Hassan, led him to give preferential treatment for Hassan while
still having the appearance as a man with one son. Baba didn’t want to feel the
remorse for giving Amir the luxurious life over his legitimate son, Hassan.
There are many examples in the text that demonstrate how Baba’s guilt forces
him towards lying to his legitimate son. An example from the text
is during chapter 8HO5 , when Hassan steals Amir’s birthday money and Baba lies
by forgiving Hassan.  Baba’s guilt of
lying to his illegitimate son, Amir, and hiding the truth from his legitimate
son, Hassan, forced him to commit the only sin HO6 that mattered to him, demonstrating guilt’s powerful impact
on one’s self.

 

Another character affected by guilt is Sanubar.
Sanubar’s guilt affects many of her decisions and is the driving force of
nearly all her actions. After giving birth to Hassan, Sanubar left her family
to join a group of singers, leaving her family in the dust. Later in the story,
the text reveals that Hassan is Baba’s biological son, indicating that Saubar
and Baba committed infidelity. Sanubar felt guilty as she was scared if the
truth ever came out that she and Baba committed adultery. As a result,
Sanubar’s guilt forces her to leave her son. A quote states HO7 “She left Hassan soon after she was done giving
birth.” (18) This quote implies that Sanubar’s guilt affected her decision to
quickly leave her family. This one decision, left a stain on Sanubar for the
rest of her life. Thirty years later, Sanubar is in her old age with an assortment
of injuries. She decides to go to Hassan’s house and beg for forgiveness for
the decision she made of leaving him. Another quote states HO8 “(I) beg forgiveness. (I) made a mistake when I left
you.” This quote indicates how regretful Sanubar felt after leaving Hassan,
demonstrating guilt’s power on one’s thoughts. 
Sanubar even went to the point of begging Allah – the god she followed,
for forgiveness. Sanubar’s guilt for leaving Hassan forced her to come back to
Hassan’s life, so she could be a good mother. The guilt that stemmed from one
decision that Sanubar made of leaving Hassan, affected nearly all of her
actions and decisions she made throughout the novel.

 

The Kite Runner illustrated guilt’s powerful effect on
one’s actions. Hosseni uses Baba to demonstrate how guilt can even cause
individuals to break bonds between their loved ones. Minor characters such as
Sanubar, display how guilt can be carried on with someone for a lifetime. Last
but not least, Hosseni uses the main character, Amir, to illustrate how the one
descsion he made of leaving his closest friend get raped, affected his entire
life.  As the novel progressed, readers
realized how one choice could affect someone’s life until they redeemed
themselves for their wrongdoing. Guilt has a powerful impact on one’s self; it
has the ability to completely change someone from the inside out

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