Respect is something that should be withheld until it is earned. For instance, Pip in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Amir in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner exemplified individuals who earned respect and honor through their dedication and hard work. In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Pip is a young orphan who lives with his sister and brother in law. They lead an impoverished lifestyle off of bits of bread so when Pip is introduced to the lavish lifestyles of Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, Pip is intrigued.
Soon after, Pip falls in love with Estella and decided to abandon his old lifestyle in order to become educated in London. After many years old hard work and dedication,Pip not only leans how to read and write, but he has also gained respect and honor from his peers and fellow friends. Pip is no longer a pauper begging to scraps of food on the streets but an honorable and highly educated man who is now worthy of the beautiful Estella Havisham.
Until Pip was able to endure years of hard work did he earn the respect that was withheld from him from the rest of the world. Similar to Pip in Great Expectations, Amir in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, is another individual that exemplifies respect is solely earned. After allowing his childhood best friend and half brother to be raped by three boys, amir suffers from a lifetime of guilt and is known as a coward even after he fled from Afghanistan to California.
After a strange call from the motherland that heralded that his half brother had died and his son was still alive, Amir makes a life- threatening choice to go back to Afghanistan to save his nephew. Amir risked his life to save his nephew who had been under the control of the Taliban and the three rapists of his half brother. After saving the boy, Amir is finally able to free himself from guilt and he also gained respect from his wife, nephew, and other family members that had been essentially been withheld from him originally.
Through Amir’s determination and courage to save his nephew, Amir finally earned respect and honor. Respect is always something that should be withheld until it is earned. Pip in Great Expectations and Amir in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner both exemplify individuals who earned respect through hard work and determination that was originally withheld from them.