Does The Kite Runner show that being hurt by the truth is better than being comforted by a lie?
I'm practicing some essays on The Kite Runner and came across this question. What characters should I talk about who relate to this question?
This statement is quite applicable to The Kite Runner because there are many secrets that characters keep from each other so that they are not hurt by the truth. For example, Baba does not tell Amir that Hassan is his brother because he thinks that life will be difficult for both boys if the truth were known. When Amir finds out this fact, he is hurt because the secret has been kept from him for so long; however, the fact that they are brothers is yet another reason for Amir to try to seek atonement. So in this regard, it is better that Amir is hurt by the truth than that he remain comforted by Baba's lie. Overall, the novel suggests that although the truth might be hard to bear, knowing the truth is ultimately better for the character because it leads to his personal development.
You could talk about Rahim Khan, Amir and Hassan, and the fact that they were lied to their whole lives.