In The Kite Runner, could it be said that by telling Amir about her affair with the Afghan man, Soraya is taking responsibility for her actions?This is a potential supporting example for this essay...

In The Kite Runner, could it be said that by telling Amir about her affair with the Afghan man, Soraya is taking responsibility for her actions?

This is a potential supporting example for this essay I am writing about what Khaled Hosseini is saying about the ways in which individuals take responsibility for themselves.

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This would be a very good example of someone taking responsibility for their actions. This section of the novel comes in Chapter Twelve, when after the engagement has been arranged by Baba, Soraya calls up Amir and tells him about her past. What is important about this phone call is that this comes at the beginning of their formal relationship, and, as Soraya says, she doesn't want their relationship to "start with secrets." The revelation that follows - that Amir had actually heard about from Baba - shows Soraya's remorse at what she has done, but also the way that now she is able to thank her father for what he did in rescuing her from that situation.

Of course, what you need to be aware of is how the author uses Soraya as a foil for Amir here. The last paragraph of this chapter makes this clear:

I envied her. Her secret was out. Spoken. Dealt with... I suspected there were many ways in which Soraya Taheri was a better person than me. Courage was just one of them.

So, yes, this example shows Soraya taking responsibility for her actions, in a way that Amir has yet to do.

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