In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini demonstrates that growth and change is, in fact, possible, In Rahim Khan’s letter to Amir he says ”A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer”. As soon as I read this I immediately nodded my head in agreement. I acknowledged that Amir was not necessarily a bad man, he just had certain flaws. I started to remember how much Internal suffering the incident in the alley caused Arnir and I came to the conclusion that Amir’s problem is not one of consciousness, rather it is one of achieving redemption, What I took from this was that for change to take place you cannot have your conscience constantly bringing you down.
I was surprised that Rahim said his to Arnir and my approval of Rahim increased because I feel as if it takes a wise man to step in another man’s shoes and help him out of his situation like that.
With this I pose the question: In order to appease your conscience, is it enough to simply forgive yourself or do you have to act on it as well? In regards to growth, when I heard Arnir say that “Perspective was a luxury when your head was constantly buzzing with a swarm of demons”, I had to reread it several times in order to understand the depth of the word’s meaning As soon as I read this I came to the conclusion that in certain situations and mindsets things may appear to be worse than they really are.
l was surprised to see how Arnir said this about Sohrab and thought it demonstrated growth in a situation surrounded by negative influences. With this I pose the question: Does seeing someone endure a similar state of mind put your own life and past in more perspective?