...as long as it comes with prudence." (Amir on pg 275) Courage and cowardice. Loyalty and betrayal. Honesty and deceit. Sin and redemption. The author of The Kite Runner has packed this story full of moral contrasts and ethical dilemmas which I am most anxious to explore.
Early on in the story, (since Mary is only up to pg 20) when Amir is in 5th grade, his father - Baba - instructs him that "...there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. .....There is no act more wretched than stealing, Amir."
Well, pretty soon after, Amir witnesses some absolutely wretched evil inflicted upon his devoted pal/servant, Hassan. And he fails to defend Hassan - the guilt over which haunts him throughout his life. But is doing nothing a sin? Is cowardice a sin? If every sin is a variation of theft, what has Amir stolen from Hassan by running away?
Amir was a child himself. At what age are we held accountable? Had Amir bravely stepped forward to interfere- could he really have prevented the attack on Hassan anyway?
I have some strong opinions on all this - but I want to hear what you have to say. C'mon Danny - jump in here and get the ball rolling.