That is why redemption is a very important aspect of The Kite Runner. Amir finds himself seeking redemption with his father and with Hassan. Amir and his father don’t have the best relationship. At the beginning of the novel, Amir tells us that he understands why his father doesn’t like him. He says it is because Amir killed his wife during childbirth and now he resents him for it.
It is similar to when Hassan was getting raped and Amir stood there and watched. Amir had no legal or culturally moral reason to stop the rape. As Amir stood in that alley, he thought to himself, “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt.
Maybe then things could return to how they used to be between [Amir and Hassan]” (Hosseini 92). Amir doesn’t know how to approach him or to appease him in any sympathetic way, so he just uses his attempt as an excuse to be the same way to him that he has always been. He believes that if he gets a small punishment of getting fruit thrown at him, as if taking a few pomegranate shots from Hassan would make amends between them, he will be free from the chains of his culpability. He sees the “punishment [he craves]” as lifting a large weight off of his chest, rather than something to do out of the genuine integrity he should have. It seems as though he does not care as much about Hassan’s benefit as he does about getting himself off the hook from his guilt.
In 2001 Amir received a phone call from an old friend and he tells Amir to go down to Pakistan. As Amir passes by some kites in San Francisco he soon starts to remember when he was a young boy in 1975. He and his childhood servant Hassan did many things as children. One day Amir and Hassan participated in a kite competition and they won. Hassan wanted to go retrieve the kite and was chased by some bullies and they corner him and Amir gets there but he only watches as Hassan is raped.
As children, Amir and Hassan would go kite flying together. They had won a highly sought after accomplishment of winning a kite running tournament, hence the name of the novel. When Amir asked for Hassan to get the last kite at the competition he yelled, “For you a thousand times over!” (Hosseini, 2003, p. 23). Hassan loved the thought of Amir being proud of him and would do anything in his capability to do so. Unfortunately, Hassan rarely received the credit and same recognition that Amir received because of his lowly social status of a Hazara.
Amir regrets that he took the advantage of Hassan in order to please his father, and realizes that he does not deserve getting approved by Baba. Instead of standing up for Hassan, Amir runs away and sacrifices Hassan to benefit himself. Guilt disturbs Amir’s world, he then starts to search for redemption with a not peaceful
This is when children fight with their kites and where they try and take out there opposing players kites. When the kite falls down, the person who ‘won’ it runs and get it. Amir wins the kite tournament and let’s Hassan run and get the kite that fell. When Amir goes looking for Hassan he finds him being raped by a group of neighborhood punks, Wali, Kamal, and Assef. Amir even as a grown man is still tormented by guilt that he never helped Hassan.
“Please think, Amir jan. It was a shameful situation. People would talk. All that a man had back then, all that he was, was his honor, his name,...” (Hosseini 223). By Rahim Khan saying this, Amir now understands why Baba always tried to do good, because deep down inside he couldn’t bear to know what he’s done.
The triangle between the males seems to be most impacted by Hassan. One day at the kite running race, as Hassan is running down Amir’s kite, he encounters Assef and two other boys. As Hassan is maliciously abused and raped, Amir watches him in shock and runs away thinking; “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini 77). This triangle between Baba, Amir, and Hassan is involved in many of the problems found throughout the novel.