Pain In Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner

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It’s almost impossible to forget the intense mistakes one makes; one can only forgive themselves or others. As a matter of fact, Mineko Iwasaki once said, “Stab the body and it heals but stab the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.” Iwasaki believes that when someone is harmed physically, they can be healed, but when someone is harmed on the emotional level, there will always be a reminder of that pain. Not to mention, various writers illustrate a central idea or several of them in their works of literature. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, depicted many touching themes in his novel, one being the idea that something that leaves a mark on the heart will last forever. Hosseini’s use of flashbacks, and his characterization of…show more content…
Baba and Amir both experienced this type of influence emotionally. At the same time, they also both experienced physical wounds, however those healed with time, and the pain vanished. Baba, for example, was the very representation of power and strength. He was moral, respected, and when he walked into a room the attention was on him. Baba believed that theft was the greatest sin of all, and that every sin was just a variation of theft. Although moral, he was a disregardful father to Amir. He was even known for wrestling a bear and he had the scars to prove it. That wound did not affect him, and it did not bring up memories; likewise with every physical injury, the pain goes away over time, and the scar is forgotten about. However, there was a reason for Baba’s actions. As it turns out, Baba, had an affair with Sanaubar, Hassan’s mother, and Hassan was actually Baba’s other son. What seemed like pure decency, was actually Baba just trying to make up for his mistakes. Baba demonstrated his morality in a variety of ways, and all of these examples relate back to his sins. For one, Baba built an orphanage, “[he] had drawn the blueprints himself despite the fact he’d had no architectural experience” (13). What seemed like a project to the community, was actual…show more content…
Through the way Hosseini developed his novel, The Kite Runner, readers were able to see the effect burying one's guilt can have on a person. Not only can it affect their life directly, but it can also influence their actions, and shape their personality. In addition, they will spend a majority of their life trying to come to terms with their faults, much like Baba and Amir did in Hosseini’s
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