Examples Of Forgiveness In The Kite Runner

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Forgiveness could possibly be the most important thing in the world. According to The Kite Runner, forgiveness is found in times of hardship and struggle. The strength of friendship and loyalty can determine how one person can forgive another. The main character, Amir, is conflicted in his young life and this affects how he views the status of Hassan, his servant. Forgiveness is one of the main themes in this novel and it is shown through the lives of Amir, Baba, and Hassan. Forgiveness can be found in times of hardship and struggle, and in The Kite Runner, forgiveness is the most important aspect that conflicts the main character, Amir. He cannot forgive himself for not having a good relationship with his father and this affects how he treats …show more content…
When Hassan is being raped by Assef, Amir says “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt.” (pg.77) Amir ran from this because he was more scared than he was brave enough to stand up for someone as loyal as Hassan. Hassan never betrays anyone in the story, in fact, he forgave Amir because, later in the novel, he wished Amir well in a letter he wrote to him, but he is loyal up until the last moment he has with Amir because Amir realizes Hassan figured out what Amir did when he was raped because Amir thinks, “He knew I’d seen everything in that alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time.” (pg.105) When Amir plants money and a watch under Hassan’s mattress in Hassan’s hut, Hassan tells Baba he stole the money and the watch only to save Amir which could possibly show that Hassan forgave Amir and understood his situation which could prove that Hassan never betrayed Amir. Baba himself betrays everyone in the story because of his secret which in turn affects the forgiveness of Amir who tries to understand how he could keep such a secret when he says, “He had sat me on his lap when I was little, looked me straight in the eyes, and said, There is only one sin. And that is theft…When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. Hadn’t he said these words to me? And now, fifteen years after I’d buried him, I was learning that Baba had been a thief.” (pg.225) This shows how hurt Amir was to find out that Hassan was his half-brother but more importantly, that Baba himself, whom Amir loved so dearly, betrayed both Amir and Hassan, therefore, Baba committed the utmost