October 16th, 2013
Kite Runner Essay
Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner, talks about two friends, a wealthy boy, Amir, and the son of his fatherâ€™s servant, Hassan. Two very different lifestyles, ending up to reveal how more similar they are then they thought. â€œForgiveness is a form of self-healing; when you learn to forgive someone else, you learn to forgive yourself.â€ It is human to make mistakes, but to forgive someone of those mistakes, to truly forgive, is really hard to do; it doesnâ€™t come naturally to give or easily made.
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It was on the cross where Jesus paid for our sins. He could have called down 10,000 angels to take care of those who were killing Him. Rather, He prayed, â€œFather, forgive themâ€¦â€ His example today ceases to be met by our society of today. No revenge, No getting even, let us love and forgive as Jesus did.
â€œBut betterÂ to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.â€ (p.58) in this part of the book, telling him about how Hassan was his brother, Amir realized how hurt he was. There was so many mixed emotions because it didnâ€™t help as much that he already has enough guilt and regret for not standing up for Hassan when the tragedy happened; but, telling him that Hassan is his half-brother, made him feel even more bad. He forgave that lie, because he had no place to be mad but, for better he tries to find a way to redeem himself.
Another way of forgiveness isn't just something that happens nor does it when having a grand feeling. Itâ€™s more like it happens without someone consciously knowing it (like your feeling just kind of "let go" over time) and then realizing that your anger or sadness towards this certain person is gone. Because many people are different, for example â€œI wondered if that was how forgiveness budded,â€ he writes in Chapter 25, â€œnot with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.â€(p. 359) Amirâ€™s redemption is not perfect either. As his feelings of guilt return in the aftermath of Sohrabâ€™s attempted suicide, he feels that, because he was going to break the promise he made never to send Sohrab back to an orphanage; it is his fault Sohrab tried to kill himself. As Amir prays in the hospital waiting room, he thinks the sins he committed against Hassan in the past are being revisited on him now. He is responsible now for Sohrabâ€™s suicide, for instance, just as he was responsible for the chain of events that led to Hassanâ€™s death. Furthermore, because he once pushed Hassan away when Hassan needed him most, God is now taking Sohrab as punishment. Even the relief from his past feelings that he does experience is not uplifting and transformative. He knows, for example, his guilt over his...