Coincidence In The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner: Destiny at its Finest

Mai Hanafy
January16th, 2013
Mr. Kirby
Ironically, criticized for its unrealistic coincidences and forced irony, The Kite Runneris one of the most brilliant eye-opening novels ever written. What is even more ironic is that despite all the criticism, these so-called coincidences do not exist in the story. According to VC King, author of Titanic, “The probability of a certain set of circumstances coming together in a meaningful (or tragic) way is so low that it simply cannot be considered mere coincidence.” Everything happens for a reason. What appears to be coincidence in The Kite Runner,is in fact destiny unfolding, emphasizing the novel’s major themes. First of all,Assef and Amir’s reunion highlights Amir’s coming of age as well as the theme of redemption. Secondly, the fact that Sohrab saves the day with his slingshot reveals the parent-child relationship between him and Hassan. It also demonstrates Assef’s retribution. Finally, the discovery that Hassan and Amir are brothers reinforces the division of the social classes in Afghanistan.
Amir, a man desperately seeking redemption and a “way to be good again”, is given the opportunity to finally be at peace. After twenty-six years of guilt and remorse, fate has given him the chance to overcome his fears and fix the mistake he made on the frigid overcast day in the alley. In order to become psychologically cured at last, Amir encounters the man he fears and hates

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