How does Hosseini develop the impact of guilt, betrayal as a theme throughput the entire novel? Abby gilger 3rd period

Guilt and betrayal is a common topic that replays itself in modern society. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Kahaled Hosseini shows the life of a young boy's fight against his inner self throughout his life to make him feel okay for what he has done in his past. Hosseini develops the impact of guilt, betrayal as a theme throughout the novel because of how the characters coped with what they were dealing with which is illustrated in Amir and Hassans friendship, Amir's past and through Amir and Babas dishonor towards their home lands people and home.

The childhood of Amir and Hassan was not an ideal one, but is was a part of the afghan society. For example, when Alli and Hassan tell Baba and Amir they are leaving, Amir thinks about how his decision to not tell anyone what had happened to Hassan in the alley has driven the people who loved him most, out. "...the blackness of the grief I had brought onto everyone..."(Hosseini, 107). This quotation reveals how guilt Amir felt for breaking up a 25 year long relationship Baba and Ali and a lifelong one between Amir and Hassan. In addition, when Assaf, the childhood bully, questions Amir and Hassan's friendship, Amir nearly acts like Hassan is worthless. "But he's not my friend...He's my servent!"(Hosseini, 41). This quote demonstrates how Amir betrayed Hassan and his brother-like relationship towards him. Therefore, in Amir and Hassans childhood they both felt with being guilty of wronging someone or being betrayed by a close friend.

A past memory can reoccur many times in a persons life much like Amir's. For example, when Soraya tells Amir about her past, Amir is reminded he had one too. "How could I, of all people, chastise someone for their past?" (Hosseini, 165). This quote proves that Amir is haunted by his guilty past. Furthermore, since Amir is now in America, he feels it is a land of new opportunities to forget about his past by betraying his own country. "...Kabul had become a city of ghosts for me."( Hosseini, 136). This quotation conveys that while Amir may have mentally forgotten about his Afghan past, it was still going to become present. Thus, Amir's past made him feel sinful of his decisions.

Amir and Babas relationship with their home country is not what is should have been, but it was still theirs. For example, when Amir realizes Baba and him were more alike when it come to being unfaithful towards the people who had loved them the most. "We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us."(Hosseini, 226). This quote illustrates how Amir and Baba betrayed the people who cared for them over themselves. However, when Amir notices he is no longer a true afghani, he feels a since of guilt for dishonoring his beloved country. "You've always been a tourist here..."( Hosseini, 232). This quotation reveals how the lack of love towards his country really took a tole on his ability to not feel guilty for what he has done. Therefore, the relationship of a man and his country developed the themes of guilt and betrayal for Amir.

The use of guilt and betrayal in the novel proves that people always make mistakes and are going to be plagued by it. In conclusion, guilt and betrayal is what Amir struggled with throughout his entire life span.


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