The difficulties of ascending from child to man is one of the primary themes of author Khaled Hosseini in his novel The Kite Runner. Amir's awareness of his father's disappointment in him as a teenager is one example. Amir wishes to please his father and become closer to him, but kite flying alone will not break the ice between the two. Amir regrets his decision to falsely blame Hassan for theft--not so much out of guilt but because Baba is willing to forgive the young servant. When Ali banishes himself and Hassan from the home, Amir's guilt becomes a constant reminder of his act of unfaithfulness. Compounded with his cowardly refusal to assist Hassan when he is raped by Assef, Amir's guilt follows him into adulthood; it becomes a dominant cloud to his existence, interfering with his relationship with Baba and, initially, Soraya. Amir does not feel his rise to adulthood is complete until he has cleansed himself of the guilt of his boyhood actions, and his dangerous return to Afghanistan to retrieve Hassan's son is the only act that will ease his conscience. The kite flying--the symbol of Amir and Hassan's innocence and equality--shared with Sohrab at the end helps to make Amir's transition complete.