Kite Runner

1130 WordsNov 16, 20085 Pages
A soldier in war knows he could die at any moment, but remains on the battlefield to protect that which is dearest to him. It takes a special kind of person to do this. When faced with adversity, there are a select few who can push it aside for the greater good. These are the people worth writing about. In Khaled Hosseini's, The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir, learns the true meaning of loyalty and friendship by risking his own life to save another, thus proving that one does not know the value of friendship until it is gone. After years of misguidance, Amir realizes that on the road to friendship and loyalty, one must be able to stand up for what they believe in, something many are too afraid to do. When they were young,…show more content…
On the other hand, because Amir still had the question in his mind of whether or not forgiveness was something that just came and went shows that he needed some help: “I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering it's things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night”(359). He needed forgiveness for not knowing what he had until it was gone. The loyalty Hassan showed went unappreciated until he was no longer in Amir's life. He was uncertain about how to relieve his pain until the opportunity presented itself. However, there was a defining moment in which Amir feels the ultimate rewards of his efforts to redeem himself, aside from erasing his guilt. He enters a competition with Sohrab where he is the kite runner for him. He gets to walk in Hassan's shoes for that moment, free of guilt and selfishness. After the two have won the competition, Sohrab does something he had not done in a long time. “I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there”(370). Sohrab shows gratitude, ever so slightly, to Amir for helping him win the contest; something that Amir did not show to Hassan when he helped him win the contest years ago. In a way, this was his redemption. Amir finally learns that through being unselfish and sincere in

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