August Wilson once said, “Confront the dark parts of yourself. Your willingness to to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. ”. The character Amir and the situations he’s gone through throughout this book, definitely represent this quote. He has many demons that he have been haunting him through his life and in the end of the book he defeats them and his angels really do sing. To explain the first part of the quote, the reader has to look into the problems and events that go on in Amir’s life.
During the course of the book, Amir deals with things that not only involve him but many of his closest friends, and in a way, that fact, makes the story, because he learns to deal with his own problems just by taking the pain everyday, but knowing these problems don’t involve only him really create the storyline and many of the dark parts of him.
One of the dark parts of himself is his weakness, especially during the scene where his dear friend gets raped. Amir just stands there fully knowing whats going on, but because of his lack of courageousness, it happened and it left an imprint in his mind.
Another dark part in himself was the way he treated people. Although he was really a very meek type of person, because of his status he treated many of the people he cared about like they were insignificant or he took advantage of them, especially towards Hassan, his childhood friend, later to be revealed as his brother. This served as a dark part of his life because it made him selfish towards Hassan and other people. As for the second sentence of the quote, that part applies to the end. Amir went to “wrestle his demons” when he went to visit Rahim Khan.
This is the part of the story where everything comes together and Amir finds out some very deep things pertaining to his life. When he finds out that Hassan is his brother, he has to go get his son Sohrab, and save him. On this quest, he has to deal with the Taliban, which turns out is Assef, the childhood bully who rapes Hassan as a child. They ended up getting in a fight which is in a way the literal part of “wrestling your demons”. Another demon that had to be fought was his lack of courage. This was something that had brought him down many times throughout the book.
He fully overcame and had success when he was able to bring Sohrab to his home. After everything he had to go through, dealing with the Taliban and the whole situation with the adoption/visa issues, he definitely proved he defeated that which was holding him back. Irony is something that is going on throughout this book. It is ironic how Assef comes up at the two of the most important parts of the book. At the rape of Hassan, the main point at which Amirs childhood in a way crumbles, and as an adult while trying to get Sohrab.
It is also ironic how Amir tries to not be like Baba but in the really turns out to be more like him than he thought. There is some symbolism that gets thrown into the mix as well. The kite represents happiness and innocence. The kite is something that shows up when is a happy time in the story, and the Kite Tournaments are a happy tradition in Kabul. Lastly, allusion was used in the sense that the books time period represents what was really going on in Afghanistan at the time. The information about the Taliban and the Russians in power and the fact that people had to runaway and people of power ending up being homeless was all accurate.
This book is definitely one to keep on the shelf. It makes the reader really feel for Amir, and it makes the reader happy at the end when he really does overcome all that has been placed in front of him. Amir did indeed have many demons, all of which coming in the mix with finding out about his brother and all of that. He is a very strong character that one can really grow to appreciate. Amir did confront his demons, and as fast as they came he wrestled with them. In the end, his angels certainly did sing.