Examples Of Cowardice In The Kite Runner

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In the novel The Kite Runner the text explores many different ways the relationships and people surrounding a person can shape one's self, this is most prevalent in Amir. During Amir's childhood, he is constantly vying for Baba's attention and affection. Amir's cowardice is seen through many different examples in the novel, mainly Assef and his violent actions bring forth his cowardice in many forms. Hassan is Amir's best friend in the beginning of the novel, he is also a role model to Amir. In the novel, Baba shapes Amir's negative sense of self through his obvious discontent with his own son, "If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he's my son" (Hosseini 23). Amir feels ashamed of himself due to his father's disappointment, which in turn triggers more feelings of self-doubt. Amr believes he must redeem himself to Baba because of how his mother died. “Amir strives to redeem himself in Baba‟s eyes, primarily because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible” (Saraswat 169). This inevitably leads to Amir's obsession with pleasing Baba. Through Amir's need to please his father, he in turn ends up disregarding those around him. This is shown when Amir…show more content…
As well as his need to recognize the past not hide from it. “I became what I am today…because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realise I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last 26 years” (1), this quote provides evidence that Amir has reflected his past mistakes and chooses to define himself as a result of them. Later in the novel, Amir finds a form of redemption for his inaction that night in the alleyway when he chooses to return to Afghanistan and save Hassan's only

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