However this is just one way of understanding how sin is committed, and how atonement is done. If one undergoes a strong change in perspective and truly regrets their past actions, then every sin is atonable, even if it has permanent repercussions. We all commit sins in some form or fashion, even if we don’t realise it. It is just human nature; no one is perfect. What really makes us
The author Khalid Hosseini portrays himself as a selfish coward in his novel, The Kite Runner. In his novel, several themes emerge throughout the story, though the dominant theme I have obtained is redemption. Throughout this book, the writer shows how he has grown and matures from a selfish little boy into a courageous man. Amir seeks redemption for his betrayal of his childhood best friend, Hassan. As a young boy, Amir feels though he should be put through emotional and physical pain to be able to find his redemption.
Amir progressively begins to forgive himself for his injustices towards Hassan as he recognizes his evolution from a coward to a brave and selfless man. Hassan’s repeated sacrifices for Amir prompt him to recognize his actions as cowardly and impel him to change his behavior. Amir first realizes the depth of his cowardice as he watches Assef rape Hassan in the alley and thinks, “I could step in into that alley, stand up for Hassan—the way he stood up for me all those times in the past—and accept whatever happened to me. Or I could run” (Hosseini 77). He has an epiphany that he could choose to be brave and selfless like Hassan and step up to Assef regardless of any physical consequences.
Hosseini shows us how Amir is constantly dealing with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died. He acts with the motive of relieving his own guilt rather than from the goodness of his heart and redemption from the person he hurt, Hassan. Amir is an example of how humans often tend to think that redemption is forgiveness of self and feeling content, however, the act of redemption should be recognizing a mistake and working towards a change to fix that mistake. In order to be redeemed, the first step is understanding the mistake and the path towards redemption. After Hassan’s rape, Amir knows that he had not done the right thing and turned his back on Hassan when he had an opportunity to help him.
In a lifetime, everyone will face personal battles and guilt. People find peace of mind through redeeming themselves or making up for their past actions. One of the central themes of the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is whether Amir truly redeemed himself for what he did. He has been living with the guilt from a unspeakable past childhood experience his whole life. He had let his best friend, Hassan, be tortured and neither supported or defended him.
In chapter 10, Siddhartha admitted to this misery, “He felt deep love for the runaway boy, like a wound, and yet felt at the same time that this wound was not intended to fester in him, but that it should heal.” (Hesse 126). Siddhartha experiences true suffering for the first time in these chapters. When Kamala died, he was sad, but not as much as the pain of losing his son. One of the hardest things for him to do was for him to let his son go. He knew he didn’t belong.
This was like torture for Dimmsdale he even had to help in the shaming of Hester. He felt like his actions took meaning out of his life, he says this because how can he do his job and feel like he’s doing right among his people when he had committed adultery (ch. 11) Dimmesdale felt like a fraud and it made him so guilty and it tore his spirit and moral into shreds! He didn’t think he was capable of leading his people to salvation because of his actions (ch. 17).
He tries to teach him to be tough because that’s how he knew to grow up. He’s Always talking about facing the devil, symbolizing his dad. Since troy doesn’t know how to love properly, or be loyal, he isn’t loyal to rose. He’s selfish in thinking that he deserves more than rose does. He looks for happiness in another female because he thinks he’s fulfilling his duty of being a man because he provided materials to his family.
Effect of Sin and the Chance of Redemption Sin is a powerful action that has an everlasting consequence of guilt. Once done, the person wants to forget about his felonious actions; however, hopefully a person’s conscience is a constant, nagging reminder. In order to be free of the constant pain, redemption is pursued for even the person who sinned in public or private. In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne proves that the truth of sin eventually need to be confronted in order for a person to stop suffering. After the sin was committed, the development of guilt made Hester and Dimmesdale very miserable because they could not stop thinking about what they have done.
‘’They’d to get out of this… My God, all his other fuckups were just preparations for this… There was nowhere to go’’ . This can interpret different things, for once his feelings about the divorce and how his life is going, but also how he feels towards his son. He reflects on all the mistakes he made in his marriage and with his son and now he had come to realize, that he can’t get out of this trouble. The way the Slouka has written the short story makes it both different and perilous. The main characters inner thoughts make a guideline for the reader.