Theme Of Guilt In The Kite Runner

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“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt”-George Sewell. Guilt is just like fear, it will always haunt you until the day you be strong enough to face them. The book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini shows these two statements throughout the story. In the book in different situations when the characters faced their fears and dealt with their guilt. Different situations in the book would have maybe had a different outcome if some guilts and fears were faced and dealt with. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, teaches the reader that guilt is just like fear it will hunt you until you until you face through Amir trying to overcome his guilt by facing his fear of Assef and getting beaten by him to forgive himself for the things he had done in the past,(3)and when Amir felt guilty when he made Hassan and Ali leave. In the book The Kite Runner Amir feels guilty about the things that he has done to Hassan. What he let Assef do to him in the winter of 1975, and the way he let Hassan cover for him through everything he did so he wouldn’t get in trouble, no matter how little or small. In the book Hosseini shows Amir’s guilt in the book when Amir tried to fault Hassan with stealing his presents. Hosseini states,“Baba came right out and asked. “Did you steal that money ? Did you steal the Amir’s watch, Hassan?” Hassan’s reply was a single word, delivered in a thin, raspy voice: “Yes.” I flinched, like I’d been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I
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