The Kite Runner ~ ”Halfway” Post
Passage from the movie: “There is only one sin. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of that. When you kill a man, you steal a life. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.”
Khaled Hosseini (Baba)
The significance of this passage is that Amir framed Hassan for stealing his new watch he got for his birthday thinking it would make his father have no choice but the kick Hassan and his father out of Amir’s house.
Much to his dismay Amir’s father forgave Hassan despite “There is only one sin and that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of that.”
As a child Amir is a coward. He is always looking for the easy way out of things but his “easy way” always seems to cause him more angst than the truth. Because Amir does not tell the truth and chooses to lie, this line from his Baba has a significant impact on him. He realizes that, to his father, theft is the greatest sin. In this case Amir “steels” Hassan, his father’s and Baba’s right to the truth.
The fact that Hassan does not correct him is almost enough to punish Amir. It is the 2nd time that Amir’s actions cause Hassan pain or suffering. The first being to run away as Hassan was being attacked. Its the main theme of the book; Amir’s guilt that relates to Hassan.
I think the way Amir reacted to Hassan’s attack by the gang of boys would be normal for a kid so young. He saw his friend experience a very traumatic incidence and he was unsure how to help. He was about 9 or 10 so maybe not even knowing what had happened, at the time, played a role in it all.
After the attack Amir’s behaviour was pretty bad. He tried to get Hassan fired. Amir could not live with his guilt and could not see Hassan’s face every day without thinking about the fact that he did not help his friend.
I don’t think I would react like that if that happened to my best friend. I like to hope that I would be able to act in a way that would protect my friends. However, I have never been in a situation even close to something like that (knock wood) so I really cannot say, with 100% faith, that I would not have done the same thing as Amir.