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The Kite Runner EssayDeanna FrickMrs. MartinPre-AP English 1020 April 2020The Values of FamilyAll of us have probably heard this saying at some point in our lives: blood is thicker than water. This saying throughout history has been relatable to many people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and religions. It is clear in The Kite Runnerby Khaled Hosseini and the article Is Blood Thicker Than Water?by Maria Helena Heim that friends and family honor is more important than discrimination and stereotypes.The most twisted configuration of Amir’s young life was witnessing Assef rape hisfriend, Hassan, in the alleyway after the kite tournament. Amir resents his cowardly choice of not getting involved when Hassan was raped by an older, teenaged boy. His guilt was immediate and it gnawed at him. A few days after Hassan was assaulted, Amir already felt guilty and resentment for his actions built up inside him. In chapter 8, Amir states, “’ I watched Hassan get raped,’ I said to no one…A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore…I understood the nature of my new curse: I was going to get away with it” (Hosseini 86). In a moment of weakness, Amir didn’t only betray Hassan; he abandoned him in the moment of his greatest need. Amir looked down upon him and not as an equal, but as a Hazara servant of his father. Also, the morning after his birthday, Amir took the money and watches his father Baba gave him and stuffed it under Hassan's mattress. Amir then lied to his father saying Hassan took his gifts. Unexpectedly at that very moment,
Hassan admitted he took the items to protect Amir. Knowing Baba’s philosophy on sin, “...there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft”

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