The Color of the Morality Scale
Age is not an excuse for one’s wrong decisions. In Khaled Hosseini’s Kite Runner, Amir is a young boy growing up in Afghanistan in the 70’s. Amir lives with his father, their housekeeper Ali and Ali’s son Hassan. Amir and Hassan come from different classes and religious groups but they play and giggle together as best friends would normally do. In the winter of 1975, Amir witnesses Hassan being sexually harassed in an alley way. Amir turns and runs away and never really speaks to Hassan or looks him in the eyes again. Amir turns his back on his friend and lies to his father about what happened in the alley. Amir is only 12 and some would say a child of 12 years old is still young and naïve and should not be held accountable for their actions. However, children at the age of 12 are old enough to understand that their actions have consequences. Young age does not excuse poor actions and decisions, nor does it play a role in determining the moral value of a child’s actions. The color of a scale does not play a role in which way the scale tips, just as age is not a factor when it comes to determining the morality of one’s decisions. Young age should be defined on a child’s abilities and responsibilities. If a person is allowed and able to be independent, the child is old enough to be held accountable for their actions. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “With freedom comes responsibility.” This quote has significant meaning and connection to the story of Amir and in everyday life. Roosevelt makes a very clear point that, while freedom is great, the more freedom one gains the more responsibilities that person has. Amir is given the freedom to run around with Hassan playing and going to the market to buy toys. Amir nostalgically recalls, “We snaked our way among the merchants and the beggars, wandered through narrow alleys cramped with rows of tiny, tightly packed stalls.” Experts on child-development have concluded that “The more they...
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