Who Represents the Sage Archetype at Various points in the novel? By: Gallegos gallegos

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." (Alexandra K. Trenfor) In the novel 'The Kite Runner' author Khaled Hosseini writes about a boy named Amir and how he has to go through multiple triles and tribulations with his father and best friend Hassan and how he tries to over come the guilt that he has built up as a child. Amir did not always find acceptance from his father (Baba), but the void was usally filled by Rahim Khan, whom was also Baba's best friend.

When Baba would not read the story Amir had wrote, Amir had felt unworthy and Rahim Khan stepped in. "As always, it was Rahim Khan who rescued me. He held out his hand and favored me with a smile that had nothing feigned about it." He does this to feel the void that has been left by Baba. Amir feels better about himself because Rahim Khan is willing to take time for Amir. " 'For you. Read it later.' Then he paused and added a single word that did more to encourage me to pursue writing than any complement any editor has ever paid me. The word was 'Bravo'." This is where Amir receives the love and appreciation that he feels he lacks from Baba.

In this part of the book Amir sees Rahim Khan more as a father figure than Baba because he shows him the compation that he wishes to get from Baba. "When they left, I sat on my bed and wished Rahim Khan was my father." Rahim Khan gives Amir the encouragement and support to be a writer as a father would. At this point Rahim Khan is the only one who believes in Amir and his future career as a writer. "For your stories" Rahim Khan gives him a brown leather Bound notebook to encourage Amir to keep writing.

While in America Amir got a phone call from Rahim Khan "standing in the kitchen with the receiver to my ear," Rahim Khan tells Amir "There is a way to be good again." he goes back to Afghanistan after the Taliban has taken over. Amir reads the letter from Rahim Khan "Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But, most important, Forgive yourself." Although Rahim Khan is no longer with Amir he gives him the advice he needs to venture forward in his journey towards a better life, helping Sohrab, and becoming "good again".

Rahim Khan best fits the sage because he was the father figure to Amir in always supported him and he gave Amir the affection and advice that he was missing out on from Baba as a child.

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