The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini impacted my understanding of the world by what the main character, Amir, went through during his life and what he saw. Amir was a little boy when he saw his friend, Hassan, get raped by an evil bully by the name of Assef. He did not know what to do and did nothing. By doing nothing, this haunted him for the rest of his life. He thought that if he put it in the back of his mind and forgot about it then it would not affect him. That was not the case at all. He thought about that situation a lot and when he decided to do something in his adult years, it was too late. When Amir got older, he wanted to see Hassan in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, when he arrived he learned that Hassan had been killed. He did find out though that Hassan had a son named Sohrab. Amir wanted to find Hassan’s son, but had a hard time doing it. Eventually, he found him and learned that he was being used as a sex slave to Assef. Amir wanted to get the guilt off of him for doing nothing about Hassan and decided to give Sohrab another chance at living a better life and getting away from the abuse. Amir adopted him and brought him back to the days when he would play with Hassan. This idea of Amir going through hard times and regret helped me understand that life may not go the way that you plan, but tricking your mind into thinking situations never happened made me realize that lying to yourself is never the right solution. What The Kite Runner taught me was that life takes an unexpected turn sometimes. Amir obviously did not realize that he was going to watch his best friend get raped, but by not saying anything about it is what he regretted most. Amir had to make decisions while this situation went on, he could either “stand up for Hassan, or he could run” (Hosseini 137). He chose to panic and run. He did not understand the consequences by doing nothing. This moment in Amir’s life was the most remembered and the time that haunts him. Amir’s decision taught me that a person “who won’t stand up for himself becomes a person who can’t stand up to anything” (Housseini 20). Being able to stand up for things in life can result in people not walking all over a person. When life takes that path that is unexpected, being prepared for that situation is always key so a person knows how to handle it. Lying happens almost constantly. Amir lied about what happened to Hassan and lied to himself. Amir “told a lie and stole Hassan’s right to the truth” (Hosseini 14) by saying that nothing happened. I learned that lying will make a person live with even more regret in their lives. Amir would convince himself that there was nothing to be sorry for in his life when in reality, there was. Later in the story, Amir adopted Sohrab and thought that everything was going to be fine. There was still this big lie in his mind that he would never forget though. This book also taught me that lying is just an excuse for postponing the truth for another time. What I did realize was that when you do something bad, “there is a way to be good again” (Housseini 166). Amir was good by getting Sohrab out of the abuse and acknowledging that what he did in the past was wrong by helping Sohrab. He felt the sense of relief that he was making everything better. People do things that are wrong all of the time, but putting their mind to their mistakes can make things right again. What I mainly learned from this book is that something cannot just be forgotten but it must be dealt with. Although life may not be the way that is planned, learning to handle the situation can make it better and tricking the mind into knowing the situation happened can help people recover from it.