How can we justify the topic of identity and self-discovery using an existentialist theory in Kite Runner? I need to elaborate the idea of Amir's quest of identity and self-discovery using the tool of...
How can we justify the topic of identity and self-discovery using an existentialist theory in Kite Runner? I need to elaborate the idea of Amir's quest of identity and self-discovery using the tool of existentialism.
Let's start by defining existentialism. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy highlights some of the key ideas that we can then apply to The Kite Runner. In the article on existentialism in Routledge, Charles B. Guignon asserts that
First, existentialists hold that humans have no pregiven purpose or essence laid out for them by God or by nature; it is up to each one of us to decide who and what we are through our own actions. . . . Second, existentialists hold that people decide their own fates and are responsible for what they make of their lives. . . . Finally, existentialists are concerned with identifying the most authentic and fulfilling way of life possible for individuals.
The connecting thread here is that existentialism emphasizes human free will. As such, we can say that Amir in The Kite Runner has free will to make choices that affect his life. Therefore, while the choice to abandon Hassan in the alley during his assault falls on Amir's shoulders, the decision to try to redeem...
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