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The Theme Of Betrayal In 'The Kite Runner'

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The guilt that accompanies betrayal lasts a lifetime and affects not only the lives of the betrayed but also the perpetrator. The novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, follows a young Afghani boy, Amir, throughout the majority of his life. As a child, Amir betrays his best friend, Hassan. Because of his actions, his family suffers and he has to live with guilt for the rest of his life. As an adult, Amir learns secrets of his Father, Baba’s, past and works towards redeeming himself. Amir and Baba’s acts of betrayal demonstrate the full effects that one event can have on someone's life, and how one can work towards redemption. Hassan is able to show how even when a betrayal is an option, friendship always overcomes evil. Amir and Hassan…show more content…
To Hassan, Amir’s happiness was more important than his own life. Whenever Amir was in trouble, Hassan would always defend him no matter the circumstances. The right of friendship was stolen from Hassan a number of times. Amir gave Hassan countless reasons to hate him, but Hassan always gave him the benefit of the doubt. Amir was Hassan’s whole world. “This was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me…Hassan knew. He knew I’d seen everything in that alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. He knows I had betrayed him and yet he was resting me once again, maybe for the last time” (Hosseini 105). Even after Amir had wronged Hassan, Hassan still forgave him. While Hassan’s motivation to not betray Amir was love and friendship, the consequences of not betraying Amir were good in some ways, but they also cost him his own life. Amir was successfully able to pass down his knowledge to his son, Sohrab. After being abused by the Taliban, Sohrab had little hope for safety. When Amir showed up, he gave him the benefit of the doubt just like his father had years before. The ramification of Hassan not betraying Amir all of those times earlier, led to Sohrab saving Amir’s life. Hassan was able to live through his son, in so many ways. Sohrab would be the key component in Amir atoning for his
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