The Kite Runner Questions and Answers
by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How does Amir damn himself in The Kite Runner? "Amir was thinking to himself: I would stand my ground, I decided.  I didn't want to sacrifice for Baba anymore.  The last time I had done that, I damned myself."

Expert Answers info

Gretchen Mussey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write10,224 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

When Amir tells Baba that he will major in English and become a writer, Baba reacts with disappointment and suggests that Amir enroll in law school or become a doctor. Amir holds his ground and mentions that he refuses to damn himself again. Amir is referring to the overwhelming guilt and shame that he deals with on an everyday basis, which stems from refusing to save Hassan and intervene when Assef raped him. As a timid, jealous adolescent, Amir witnessed Assef raping his best friend after the kite-fighting tournament. Amir did...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 295 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

mitchrich4199 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write171 answers

starTop subject is Literature

check Approved by eNotes Editorial


pompom1000 | Student

Did you mean Explain how admir had damned himself?