Legacy is a person’s imact on the world around them. Many people leave behind a legacy their legacy in unique and different ways as well as places. Legacy was a big influence in The Kite Runner. However, no one leaves a greater legacy in The Kite Runner, in fact the character’s legacy interact with each others.
Hassan leaves the legacy of loyalty by the way he was towards the people in his life, especially to Amir. His legacy reflects on Amir later in the book. Even as a little boy he showed a tremendous act loyalty. For example, “Yes, Father,” Hassan would mumble, looking down at his feet. But he never told on me. Never told that the mirror like shooting walnuts at the neighbor’s dog, was always my idea.”(Hosseini.24). Always having the back of people that he loved immensely. Although Hassan’s death was at a young age, he managed to leave his reflection behind. After his death, Amir took on actions he would have never done before in his life. Amir reflected on the acts of loyalty Hassan previously showed throughout his life. “I had played a cruel game with Hassan that day, toyed with him, asked him if he would chew dirt to prove his loyalty to me. Now I was the one under the microscope, the one who had to prove my worthiness. I deserved this.”(Hosseini.670)
Baba leaves the legacy of a genuine man. Baba brought a side of the characters to life that no one else had the strength to bring up. Baba was a harsh man. He was a man people looked up to, the man people wanted to be like. He was Amir’s idol. All Amir wished for was to make his father proud of him. Amir did things for Baba just to make Baba appreciate him more. One of the things he took part in for Baba was the annual Kite Running Contest--as he said, “Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.”(Hosseini.122). Later on after winning which was one of Amir’s best memories, “And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last.”(Hosseini.143). Even after moving to America and with his financial situation, he refused to accept food stamps and treatment for cancer. No matter what, he continued to provide Amir with what he needed, “It was an old model Ford, long and wide, a dark color I couldn’t discern in the moonlight. “It needs painting, and I’ll have one of the guys at the station put in new shocks, but it runs.” I took the keys, stunned. I looked from him to the car.“You’ll need it to go to college,” he said.I took his hand in mine. Squeezed it. My eyes were tearing over and I was glad for the shadows that hid our faces. “Thank you, Baba.” (Hossenini.265). Even expending all his savings to pay for Amir’s wedding.
At the end, the cowardly manners of Amir became weaker and his reflection from Baba and Hassan came out in his life. After Baba and Hassan both passing away Amir reflected on their actions. After Baba’s death, part of Amir’s heart was still making Baba proud, “A month later, Martin called and informed me I was going to be a published novelist. When I told Soraya, she screamed”(354). Later reflecting on how proud his father would’ve been, “I am so proud of you,” she said, raising her glass to mine. “Kaka would have been proud too.” “I know,” I said, thinking of Baba, wishing he could have seen me.”(355). Amir also learned how to be loyal towards those in your life. Going to Kabul after so many years to get Hassan’s son from the terrible situation that was happening. Fighting Assef in order to get back Hassan’s son, “I thought of the street fights we’d get into when we were kids, all the times Hassab used to take them on me, two against one, sometimes three against one. I’d wince and watch, tempted to step in, but always stopping short, always held back by something.”(Hosseini.487). Amir fought to get Sohrab-Hassan’s son-back, “Assef had backed down, promised that in the end he’d get us both. He kept that promise with Hassan. Now it was my turn.” (545). To show his loyalty towards Hassan, he took part on Sohrab’s life. He took Sohrab to America with him and kept him under his own roof even though it wasn’t his job to keep him. Now seeing and reflecting on all of the acts of kindness and loyalty Hassan did for him while he was still alive. Even taking on his religion.
In conclusion, Hassan, Baba, and Amir left the same amount of legacy in The Kite Runner. Hassan leaving the legacy of loyalty, Baba leaving the legacy of a genuine man, and Amir leaving the legacy of learning from experience. The Kite Runner was a story full of legacy and lessons to learn from.