November 19th, 2018
Amir’s Cowardice Decision
“I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That’s what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to Hassan. That’s what I made myself believe. I aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it: He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (7.140).
The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a roller coaster of emotions and gives the reader a lot of real-life examples of events that occur each day. One may enjoy reading this story because of the many themes portrayed throughout the novel; themes include: the theme of friendship, betrayal, warfare, guilt, innocence, race, and religion. In the novel The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir faces a dilemma and makes the wrong decision and faces guilt for most of his life.
The quote chosen portrays the theme of guilt. This quote is important because this was the first point of realization for Amir. This helped him understand why what he did was wrong, Amir also realizes, by abandoning Hassan he has committed a shameful deed. In this point of the story, Amir has just witnessed Hassan being raped by Aseef, Amir runs away instead of helping his best friend. Amir believes what he has done was worse than cowardice, he allows the rape to occur just because he wanted the blue kite prize. After obtaining the blue kite from Hassan, Amir tries to prove to Baba that he is also a winner like his father; therefore, Amir calls Hassan the “lamb he had to slay”. Amir shatters his fathers most important teachings by committing this act, he disobeys the teaching of honor, pride, and bravery. Amir feels guilty of what he has executed.
This quote gives insight into the characters in the novel by displaying what kind of a character Amir is. One gets to know that Amir realizes his mistakes and he feels what he has done is wrong. This quote also lets the reader know that Amir believes in the caste system by calling Hassan “just a Hazara”; Amir believes that Hassan is a lower class compared to him therefore, fleeing his friends rape scene is acceptable. Overall, the quote gives the reader a valuable idea of what Amir’s nature is like.
In the quote chosen from The Kite Runner, displays literary devices such as flashback and imagery. Throughout the novel, the character is explaining a flashback which occurred years ago. The author uses imagery to help the reader further understand the scenes in the story. In the quote, Amir says “I ran because I was a coward”, this means that he “ran” from the scene in which Hassan was being assaulted; this is an imagery to help the reader further visualize the picture, Amir physically and mentally “runs” away from this matter, all of this is being told from a flashback. The Kite Runner uses the literary devices flashback and imagery”
The quote further enhances the theme of guilt and friendship in this novel. When Amir says, “I aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running”, he recognizes that by running away, he had done wrong and he feels guilty for doing so; this reflects the theme of guilt. This quote also furthers the theme of friendship. Amir says “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price?”. Amir is questioning how what he has done will affect the friendship between Amir and Hassan by saying “Was it a fair price?”, as they have been best friends since childhood, regardless of the caste difference. Overall, the taken quote displays the theme of guilt and friendship throughout the story.
The quote ties up with the character archetypes by using archetypes such as the Scapegoat and Young man from the provinces. When Amir says, “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba”, he makes Hassan the Scapegoat for his own good. For Amir to earn dignity from his father, he let Hassan get sexually assaulted in order to receive his winnings from the Kite contest (the blue Kite). The archetype, Young man from the provinces is also accurately displayed when Amir gets back to Afghanistan, he sees all the brutal problems occurring. For example, the guards at the Orphanage make Sohrab wear a dress and makeup to entertain themselves. Amir finds new problems and solutions in this scenario; this is an example of the Young man from the province’s archetype. Overall, this quote binds the Scapegoat and the Young man from the province’s archetypes. Interaction between two or more actively dominanty relidfions is a abomination of culture and a defying ability of strength. Otherwise
In conclusion, the novel The Kite Runner, brings a great cluster of emotions and thought to the reader’s mind and helps understand the conditions of the settings displayed in the story. The quote guides the reader to understand the importance, themes, and characters in the novel. The quote also gives insight on the literary devices used and the different archetypes portrayed throughout the novel. Overall, The Kite Runner is a novel that shows friendship, betrayal and redemption, it overcomes evil in the end despite any issues throughout.
Hardik Kalra Ms