The Darkness Behind Hunger. Hunger Is A Constant, Everchanging
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The Darkness Behind Hunger Hunger is a constant, everchanging human trait. Although it is almost always associated in the context of food, the characteristic of hunger can also relate to the craving of a certain aspect of life. When one hungers, whether for an aspect or for food, they will search for a method to quench their feelings of that certain hunger. Although this is not necessarily a negative outcome, for hunger can work to motivate and drive a person to an overall goal, a growing uncontrolled and unnoticed hunger can be very dangerous. If a person is unable or unwilling to reach their goal, they obliviously allow hunger to grow inside of them, causing them to commit vast and rash actions at an attempt to obtain the specific…show more content…
Amir’s cruel and shocking comment not only showcase his jealously and hatred towards the people Baba turns his attention to, but also reveals the evil actions Amir commits is directly related to his growing hunger. Similarly, to Amir, Ishmael is also introduced as a kind and innocent boy whose innocence is quickly lost as war erupts in Sierra Leone. As Ishmael struggles to obtain food and other necessitates, his hunger for survival rapidly increases. Ishmael’s increase in hunger ultimately drives him to extreme extents as he attempts to survive. For example, as Ishmael and his friends are unable to locate anything to eat, they decide to steal food from a boy instead, by “rush[ing] on [the] boy at the same time … [and] tak[ing] [his] corn from him” (Beah 30). The idea of stealing is clearly wrong, however, like Amir, both character’s hunger ultimately drive them to commit evil actions.
As Amir and Ishmael become increasingly desperate and allow their hunger to grow, they continue to commit evil actions and eventually lose their ability to suppress their inner desires. As Amir’s craving for Baba’s love quickly overcomes his conscience, he decides to abandon his friend being raped, claiming “[he] ran because [he is] a coward” (Hosseini 82). Although Amir states the reason why he ran was out of fear, his decision to run instead of giving the kite to Assef is a clear indication that the desire for Baba’s love greatly influenced his decision. After the