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Kathleen Period 5 May 22, 2013 The Kite Runner: Forgiveness In order to heal from traumatic experiences, individuals must forgive others by risking emotional courage, because a relationship is often broken in trauma, which leads to an individual’s loss of someone close to them. Baba portrays forgiveness when he forgives Hassan for stealing Amir’s money and watch even though Hassan didn’t actually steal it. Baba is unaware that Amir was only framing Hassan for stealing his money and watch. Baba asks, “Did you steal that money? Did you steal Amir’s watch, Hassan? ” Hassan responded, “Yes. By Hassan taking the blame of stealing Amir’s belongings, he shows indirect forgiveness towards Amir who is in the room with Amir and Baba. There are two acts of forgiveness in the situation, one indirectly and one directly. Even though Baba claims, “There is no act more wretched than stealing,” he directly forgives Hassan. Hassan obviously doesn’t feel the need to explain to Baba that Amir had framed him because Hassan doesn’t want Amir to suffer Baba’s anger. By taking the blame, Hassan is risking emotional courage and putting himself in the position of Amir hurting him again.
Hassan indirectly shows he doesn’t want problems with Amir because their relationship means something to him. Amir makes a very cowardly action by deciding to leave Hassan while Hassan is getting raped. After that has happened, Amir still sees Hassan, pretending like nothing has happened. Amir thinks Hassan had not seen him run away while he was raped. When Hassan takes the blame for stealing Amir’s watch and money, Amir says, “Hassan knew. He knew I’d seen everything in that alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. ” Hassan never approached Amir about that cowardly mistake Amir had made.
Ali and Hassan decide to leave Babas after Baba asks Hassan about stealing the money and watch. Later in life Hassan reconnects with Amir, writing him letters. Hassan writes, “And I dream that someday you will return to Kabul to revisit the land of our childhood. If you do, you will find an old faithful friend waiting for you. ” Hassan shows forgiveness indirectly to Amir in his letter. After how badly Amir has treated Hassan, Hassan, still keeps a relationship with Amir and forgives him, Hassan describes himself as faithful, which he is.
Author: Brandon Johnson
Forgiveness in the Kite Runner
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1. In chapter 15, Soraya tells Amir about her troubled past. She tells Amir that she ran away and lived with an Afghan man when she was eighteen, and her father forced her to return home at gunpoint. According to traditional Afghan standards, another Afghan man should not marry Soraya because she is not a virgin. However, Amir forgives Soraya for her past and proceeds to marry her. Amir explains why he forgives Soraya by saying,
. . . I think a big part of the reason I didn't care about Soraya's past was that I had one of my own. I knew all about regret. (155)
2. In chapter 16, Rahim Khan tells Amir the story of Hassan's mother returning to him. Sanaubar had abandoned Hassan when he was young but returned to him later in life. Rahim Khan tells Amir that one day, Sanaubar arrived at Hassan's home beaten badly, and asked for her son's forgiveness. After initially running away, Hassan returned home and demonstrated his forgiveness by helping his mother inside. Rahim Khan tells Amir,
"He [Hassan] took Sanaubar's hand in both of his and told her she could cry if she wanted to but she needn't, she was home now, he said, home with her family." (180)
3. In chapter 19, Rahim Khan arranges for a man named Farid to take Amir into the city of Kabul to search for Sohrab. Farid immediately views Amir with contempt and the two men rest at Farid's brother's home for the night. When Wahid asks Amir why he returned to Afghanistan, Farid interjects and says that Amir probably plans on selling his land before running back to America with the money. Wahid chastises his brother for insulting Amir, and Amir proceeds to explain the real reason he returned to Afghanistan.
That night, Farid indirectly asks for Amir's forgiveness and apologizes for assuming that he returned to Kabul for selfish reasons. Farid says, "'Maybe I will help you find this boy . . . It was wrong of me to assume'" (204). Amir forgives Farid by telling him,
"Don't worry. You were more right than you know." (204)