The Sage: Rahim Khan Gena Rodriguez 6th Period

Throughought life, people have a certain person to look up to and go to for advice. The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Housseini, shows a well developed demonstration of this. Rahim Khan, who is the represented sage, gives Amir advice, guidance and encouragement throughout the novel.
From the beginning readers are able to see the importance of Rahim Khan's character since he was the first one to be mentioned from Amir. He is thinking about the phone call from him the summer before. "I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought. There is a way to be good again." (2)This seems to be of major importance to Amir as he holds on to that one part of what was said between them. At one point Amir writes a short story. Even though his father, Baba, seems to not care, Rahim Khan encourages him to continue. "It is now your duty to hone that talent, because a person who wastes his God-given talents is a donkey[...] your story[...] has irony[...] You have achieved it with your first story." (32)It's evident that in reading this note from Rahim Khan makes Amir more confident. It becomes clear that Amir looks up to Rahim Khan.
Trust and reassurance are an important factor. It helps people and the characters themselves grow a stronger bond. As Amir and Rahim are talking this is brought up. " He looked at me, 'You know, you can tell me anything you want, Amir jan. Anytime.'" [220] Rahim wants Amir to trust him and to feel comfortable enough to speak with him about anything. Thus making their bond stronger. When you look up to somebody you want to feel comfortable enough to do so. Rahim knows how Amir feels about his past and believes having Sohrab will give him a second chance to be good again. "'I want you to go to Kabul. I want you to bring Sohrab here,' he said."[221] Since Amir didn't do anything when we was younger and witnessed Hassan's assault, having Sohrab would be a way to 'redeem' himself and to get rid of his guilt. Amir does end up going to Kabul.
Near the end of the novel we find out that Rahim Khan has passed. Amir asks Farid about Rahim Khan and he says "he's gone". All that was left was a key and a letter to Amir. " I hope you can do the same. Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But, most important, forgive yourself."(302) Rahim is saying that Amir shouldn't be holding on to his past and to live the rest of his life without that guilt. Amir takes everything in Rahim's letter to heart. "Your father, like you, was a tortured soul Rahim Khan had written. Maybe so. We had both sinned and betrayed." This particular thing that Rahim had said seems to be what Amir has struggled with the most. Baba found "a way to creat good out of his remorse"[303] Amir feels as if he hasn't done anything good with his.
Throughout Amir's life Rahim Khan was always there to help in guidance and reassurance. He is most definitely a character to be considered as a sage. People like Rahim are around us all the time and are there to guide us even when we don't realize it. One day, we will be those wise people who are looked up to just like Amir looked up to Rahim.

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