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Innocence in the Kite Runner

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Joel Rudd

on 19 January 2015

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Transcript of Innocence in the Kite Runner

Hassan
Hassan is depicted as the epitome of innocence; many times throughout the novel he chooses to accept his own pain to protect Amir. The most obvious example of this is when he is sexually assaulted by Assef and his friends.
Does Hassan really lose his innocence?
Another time in which Hassan is abused is when the Taliban kill him and his wife. Even in dying, he didn't do wrong in any way.
Do you think that Hassan's death is Amir's fault?
Innocence
The initial view of Baba is that he is an innocent, but harsh man. The first way in which Baba loses his innocence is in the way he treats Amir. He loses his patience with Amir when Amir acts differently than Baba wants him to. He slowly gains back his reputation throughout the book as he slowly warms to Amir. Eventually their relationship is at the point where they could be called friends. It is evident that Baba regrets the way he treated Amir in the way he accepts Amirs decisions later on in life. He even congratulates Amir on graduating by giving him a car.
Do you think that Baba has made up for his past mistakes through the way he treats Amir later in life?
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Innocence in the Kite Runner
Baba
- Not responsible for or directly involved in an event yet suffering its consequences
- Lack of guile or corruption, purity
Amir
First, Amir loses his innocence in the novel because he feels guilty for not helping Hassan while he is getting raped. "I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan... or I could run. In the end I ran" (Hosseini 82). Amir did not help Hassan because Hassan is the perfect son in Baba's eyes, which makes Amir jealous.
If Amir had chosen to help Hassan, how do you think it would have impacted his life?


Second, Amir refuses to think of Hassan as his friend. "'What is he to you?'... 'He is our servant's son'" (74). Amir disassociates himself from Hassan by not referring him as a friend. This was done in an attempt to emphasize the fact that he is not friends wih a Hazara.
Do you think that Baba is responsible for Amir's way of thinking?
In Islam, the lamb signifies the sacrifice of an innocent. The author connects Hassan to a lamb in many ways throughout the book.
Amir describes both Hassan and his son Sohrab, as looking like lambs waiting to be slaughtered. Amir says this during Eid- Al Adha, honoring sacrifice in the religion. Similarly, he describes Sohrab as looking like a lamb when they first see meet, while being with Assef.
Sohrab
Deeper..."
Considering Amir actually stepped in and defended Hassan before he was raped, would he actually be innocent?
Do you think that humans are
naturally born
innocent
?
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