the kite runner

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Khalid Hussein's moving and powerful novel, The Kite Runner, explores the potential life changing consequences for Amir who makes wrong choices that either intentionally or unintentionally harm others. Amir who struggled to stand up for himself as a kid and learns to stand up for himself and for other when he is grown up.

Standing up for yourself can be really challenging if someone is always standing up for you. Amir started to gradually stand for himself when Baba passed away. This was the moment in life that Amir realized that he was all alone and Baba was not there anymore to help him get out of sticky situations. This was Amir's true moment that he started to change. His change starts to unfold quickly as Rahim Khan calls him back to Afghanistan saying There is a way to be good again" which makes Amir feel guilty for what he had done in the past.

When looking back at the memories with Hassan, Amir realizes how horribly he acted to him. After Rahim Khan reveals the secret, that Hassan is Amir's half-brother, Amir realizes why Baba loved Hassan so much. He was the same old Amir, scared and helpless; he would have never taken that trip to Afghanistan. Amir needed his father the most and Baba was always available to him. This was the true moment where Baba was no longer at arm's reach but only a faint memory. My whole life, I had been "Baba's son." Now he was gone. Baba couldn't show me the way anymore; I'd have to find it on my own". After knowing the real relationship between Hassan, Amir goes to Kabul to find Sohrab. The guilt that was built over the years was finally put to rest at the safety...