Kite Runner Timed Writing
The Significance of Violence
Rape, murder, war and fighting are all present in The Kite Runner. These scenes are dramatic and extremely violent. The novel is about Amir's experiences with these events. These violent scenes shape Amir's life. Violent scenes in literature have significance, and the violence of rape in The Kite Runner can be used as an example to prove this.
Rape is by far the most significant scene of violence in the novel. There are many different occurrences of rape as well. The first is when Amir witnesses Hassan being raped by Assef. Amir is faced with the choice to help Hassan or to run. His choice to run shapes the rest of his life. If this violent rape scene had not existed Amir would have gone home with the kite-fighting tournament victory and the blue kite that Hassan had run for him. He would have felt the approval of his father. He would have been overjoyed and happy, probably for the rest of his life. However, because of the guilt he feels for running away from Hassan in his time of need, Amir cannot feel the approval from his father. Later, as Amir and his father(Baba) are on a truck fleeing to Pakistan a woman is almost raped. Amir is reminded of what he had done and his guilt grows. Within hours of this Amir learns of the rape of a boy he knew named Kamal. Once again Amir's guilt grows. This guilt sends him on a life-long path to find redemption. Amir moves to the United States and