H English 10 Block 3 (958)
25 March 2014
"There is a way to be good again." Rahim Khan tells Amir in The Kite Runner, a novel written by Afghan-American, Khaled Hosseini (192). Throughout the novel, Amir aspires to make things up to Hassan for the terrible childhood memories the two brothers experience. As he travels back to Afghanistan to save his dead brother's son, Sohrab, the reader realizes the truth to Rahim Khan's advice. Every character in the novel is familiar with battles that scar them for the rest of their lives, especially Amir. However, just because he is a coward as a child and fails to save his loyal friend Hassan, does not make him a terrible person all together. Amir is mentally scarred and goes through the rough to help release the guilt that has built up inside of him for so many years.
Throughout the novel, scars tend to be a common symbol representing pain and guilt. Eventually, Amir follows his instincts and his heart leads him in becoming the true friend and Afghan he was born to be. All these events can be summed up in a theme that every character can relate to: One's past does not define who they are as a person, but who they are in the present is what truly matters.
As a young boy, Amir fails to respect and stand up for Hassan but eventually grows out of his immature and selfish actions. After he moves to America, he thinks the guilt he feels from his childhood will miraculously go away. However, Amir is mentally scarred for the rest of his life and his heart is filled with regret. It is clear to the reader that he is a caring...