ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Kite Runner - A Grade Example Essay - English Literature Ella 1 - Rahim Khan's Diary Entry

Updated on April 13, 2012

Imagine that Rahim Khan keeps a diary in which he records his thoughts and feelings. Write an entry for this diary on the day he gives Amir feedback on his stor

In this entry, Rahim Khan reveals his thoughts on Amir’s character and Amir’s relationship with Baba and Hassan.
You should give careful consideration to your language choices and style, which should achieve a sense of Rahim Khan’s voice.

July 1973

Mashallah, Amir jan has impressed me today.This evening he wrote a sophisticated story full of thought and irony, a characteristic I very much appreciate. He is truly a gifted boy. I wished to encourage him and told him bravo several times today, but I worry that Amir realises that I pity him.
Pity him because his own father fails to acknowledge his abilities and his intrinsic worth; too obsessed with nang,namoos, and courage to appreciate anything else. And in truth, Allah forgive me, I do pity Amir. No boy should have to want his father’s love so much but be rejected at every attempt at warming up to him. Today, It was Baba to whom the privilege of reading Amir’s story was given. Of course, Baba being little interested in both literature and his son’s interests showed very little enthusiasm. Luckily, I was present to show Amir jan that not everyone is like Baba, and that I was very keen on reading his story.
Love him like I do, It saddens me sometimes just how insensitive dear Baba can be. Stubborn too, which I think is the basis of his troubles. He has decided on Amir becoming like him, and every time he sees one of Allah’s signs showing him it will never happen, he is frustrated. Although I do understand Baba’s comportment, I pray that he will learn one day that Amir will, inshallah, grow up to be happy and successful, not by the same path as his father, but a different path entirely.
Despite Baba’s concerns, I see Amir has the foundations of what every true Afghan, nay, every true man, is built on. Sadness and suffering. Longing for what he cannot have and being too greedy with that which he can. Unfortunately, I see this in his every day life, desiring Baba’s attention and abusing the power he has over Hassan. However, I see similar concepts in his writing, It is written far more emotional, far more expressive than to be expected from his age. This both relieves and grieves me. Relieves me because it means that Amir jan understands what he is doing to Hassan and his desire for his father, feels remorse for it, tries to better himself. Grieves me because fighting guilt and rejection is a lifelong occupation of pain and hurt. Acceptance is a gift and those who are amoral will live happier lives than those who are immoral. It is God’s way. The gift of knowledge must come at a price.
It is a grave shame that Baba doesn’t realise this in his own son, for he too is built on the same foundation of guilt. His mistake with Sanaubar, Allah forgive him, is proof of that. His on going emotional turmoil is still very present even to this day and I can see this in his actions. In his orphanage. In his donations. It worries me that he is effecting Amir with this however. I see how Baba treats Hassan sometimes better than Amir, longing to treat Hassan as a legitimate son, seeing himself in Hassan’s bravery and remembering that he cannot ever treat him like his true bachem. I also see how Amir is upset by this treatment of what he thinks is somebody else’s child. Allah forgive me but I cannot tell him about Hassan. It is not my place to, and besides, what would everyone think? Amir jan is delicate, he would not take it easily. Nay, I must wait patiently until he is more mature.
This saddens me deeply but I can see that he enjoys his good relationship with me, I am some sort of compensation for a father who cannot comprehend his own son. I will continue to encourage his writing, purchase him a notebook to write more stories in, and try to be a supporting authority figure for him. Inshallah, he will grow up well and It would please me very much to see that. As Amir jan grows, I pray that Baba will see the error of his ways and accept Amir jan as his own.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kevin6779 profile image


      6 years ago from

      You're quite welcome!

    • Philanthropy2012 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London

      Thank you very much Kevin : )

    • Kevin6779 profile image


      6 years ago from

      A very good diary, having read the Kite Runner so long ago, but this diary brings back memories and feelings that I felt I should have written in my own "diary." I do indeed remember how much Amir had fought for his father's (Baba's) attention, and how horribly he had treated Hassan, because of the attention, albeit out of guilt and pity, that Baba had lavished on Hassan. Amir only realized too late after the tragedy of Hassan that the boy was really his brother! Instead, Amir had taken advantage of the caste system that Hassan apparently belong to, whereas he and his father were well-to-do by comparison. I also remember how brave and genuine Hassan was compared to Amir own selfishness, traits that Amir only discovered after it was too late. Good diary.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)