The Kite RunnerIntroduction “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2). This is what Rahim Khan said to Amir to convince him to go back to Adganistan to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son. Amir is the narrator and the main protagonist of the novel Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Amir is the son of Baba, a rich but also a good man. Amir is a disappointment, at least at the beginning and middle parts of the story. Amir is indifferent at first because he allowed Hassan to be raped when they were young, and even at the latter parts of the novel, he seemed unwilling to take responsibility even if he did go through all that trouble to save Sohrab. Amir is also insecure most of the time. He is specifically insecure of Hassan because of the attention he gets from Baba and partly also because of his father’s disappointment towards him, and he becomes insecure after his betrayal of Hassan.
Summary Amir and Hassan were childhood friends. Amir was a mischievous boy, but it was always Hassan who took the blame for him, which Amir did not disapprove. He just let Hassan take all the blame. “He never told on me” (Hosseini 4). Amir explains Hassan’s martyrdom to save him from being scolded. Not once did Amir protest against Hassan’s sacrifice. One day, coming home from a successful kite fighting tournament, Hassan has just performed another successful retrieval of Amir’s kite when Assef and his posse confront him, demanding the kite. Hassan of course refused, but he got raped by Assef in the process.
Amir witnessed everything, but he did not do a thing. The incident damaged the relationship of the boys as they both pretended like nothing happened. Amir is constantly reminded of his betrayal by the mere presence of Hassan, so he frames him to look like a thief. Hassan, as always, admits the ploy of Amir, which causes into Hassan and his father to leave the house of Baba. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, so Amir and Baba flee to the US.
Years passed, Amir gets married and Baba dies. Rahim Khan suddenly calls Amir and asks him to go to Pakistan for a favor. At Pakistan, Amir finds out that Hassan has died, and his son has been taken by the Taliban.
He sets off into a rescue mission, but it was he who needed saving. Assef, now an official of the Taliban, was about to kill Amir when Sohrab hit him with his sling shot. Sohrab was then taken to the US where he remained silent for a while up until the end of the novel where he and Amir ran a kite for him.Indifferent Amir Incapable of action is what best describes Amir. Whenever they got into trouble, Hassan would always cover for him, and he does not do anything to take at least some blame.
His indifference is shown perfectly when he allowed Hassan to be raped by Assef. He just stood there and watched his best friend and half-brother to be molested. He continued to be indifferent after they have fled Afghanistan. Although he was haunted by the betrayal that he did to Hassan, he managed to move on with his life and live without cleaning his conscience. Even when Rahim Khan called him to save Sohrab, he initially did not want to go. Instead, he wanted Rahim Khan to get someone else to do it. He eventually changed his mind after finding out that Rahim Khan knew all along his secret.
Insecure Amir Since Amir and Hassan were kids, Amir has always felt insecure even Hassan was raped. Amir was insecure of himself because Baba expected him to be different and to be engaged in physical activities, not in writing. When Amir witnessed a death of a man in a sporting event, he cried the whole trip back home. Baba was so ashamed of his son.
The only time that Amir managed to make his father proud was when he won the kite fighting competition. After the rape of Hassan, he became even more insecure not only because his conscience was eating him inside but also because of Hassan’s unchanging attitude towards him despite suffering from the hands of Assef.Conflict Analysis The main conflict of Amir is his battle with his conscience. He had to live most of his life knowing that he did nothing to help Hassan. Although his guilt came from his indifference to Hassan, it is just himself against his conscience—man vs. himself. Many years after the incident, Amir finally mustered the courage to confront his past and try to amend himself by saving Sohrab.
Through Sohrab’s rescue, Amir was able to release himself of the guilt he has felt for a long time.Conclusion Two of the words that would describe Amir best are that he is indifferent and he is insecure. He is indifferent at first because he did not do anything that can spare Hassan from being scolded by his father, and most notably, he did not do anything that can possibly save Hassan from being raped. Amir is insecure because he had not lived to the expectations of his father and also because he has lived most of his life in guilt. Future readers would have to look into the character of Amir closely because, although he was indifferent at first, he was able to redeem himself by coming all the way to Taliban-infested Afghanistan just to save Sohrab. Readers may be unsympathetic towards his character and may even despise him, but they must realize that a good character does not always start out as “likable.
”Work CitedHossseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Penguin Group, 2003.