From Guilt to Good Redemption, as defined in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “serves to offset or compensate for a defect.” In Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, the main character, Amir, attempts to win back his father’s favor because he does not deem himself worthy of his love. The damaging attempts Amir employs causes him to sever relationships with a close family friend, Ali, and half-brother, Hassan; furthermore, his cowardice and jealousy are uncovered in these circumstances when Amir commits a sin of betrayal to Hassan. These instances ultimately lead him to understand his need for forgiveness not only from others, but from himself as well, causing him to begin a quest for redemption. A similar situation arises in the movie Slumdog …show more content…
Although the characters in both works betray loved ones, a further analysis of the works reveals a deeper truth of their concealed morality by performing the ultimate sacrifices to gain redemption. Throughout both the novel and the movie, there is a clear theme of betrayal towards a close loved one. Readers become aware of Amir’s hateful betrayal to Hassan due to his jealous tendencies that derive from his longing to be loved by his father, Baba. This betrayal begins when Amir witnesses Hassan being raped by the antagonist, Assef, yet Amir does not intercede on his friend’s behalf. Amir is presented with the opportunity to aid his lifelong companion when Assef asks Hassan, “But before you sacrifice yourself for him, think about this: Would he do the same for you?” (72). Cowardly running away, Amir proves his disloyalty to the friendship. One could argue this cowardice is rooted in the Pashtun perception of the Hazaras. The religious and ethnic divide in Afghanistan is extremely prevalent, and Amir had been raised learning about the oppression the Pashtuns forced the Hazaras to endure. Although he had not outwardly agreed with this manner of thinking, …show more content…
Amir is presented with another opportunity to redeem himself and mend his relationship with Hassan, although he has passed away. Rahim Khan, a close friend of Baba’s, requested Amir to travel to Kabul to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son, from an orphanage. Amir is hesitant about traveling to the dangerous city until he discovers Hassan is his half-brother when Rahim Khan says, “Ali was sterile” (222). Before this discovery, Amir felt the need to repent of his sins, but he was too fainthearted prior to this encounter with Rahim Khan. Perhaps this recognition is Amir’s final push to becoming a courageous man, instead of continually living in his cowardly ways because “true redemption is when guilt leads to good” (302). One could dispute that Amir now understands that Hassan is no longer just a friend; Amir understands that he is family. Although these family ties do not erase the past, they bring Amir a sense of peace, for he successfully retrieves Sohrab from Assef and brings him to America to live with him and Soraya. This mindset concerning the need for redemption is comparable to Salim discovering his own need for salvation due to him abandoning his own brother. Salim suffers from his decisions, but the only person he must blame is himself. These rash decisions are the decoration of his façade, and beneath
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Amir adopted the idea that he was above Hassan from the social hierarchy of the Hazaras. Throughout their friendship, Amir’s loyalty is questioned. Amir allowed Hassan to sacrifice himself, which showed how different the boys thought about each
Everyone has heard the saying “nobody is perfect” and it is true we are all humans, we all make mistakes sometimes, but to what extent does someone stop forgiving when they have endured all the hardship a person gives them after they have been forgiven several times. There is a certain point in life when some people do not deserve to be forgiven because every time that person is forgiven, that person takes advantage it because that person knows they will be forgiven. There is one very prominent character in a story who fits the reason of why some people do not deserve forgiveness, especially when they've been given multiple chances to do the right thing. That person is Amir from the book the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Redemption translates in various definitions, such as recovering after a wrong doing it earning forgiveness. Throughout the novels, novellas, and plays read the theme redemption is present. In Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, and Othello, Simone Elketes best describes the concept of receiving forgiveness or righting a wrong such as “I want to try making things right because picking up the pieces is way better than leaving them the way they are (Steen, Redemption quotes).” In John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George continually covers for Lennie when he illustrates bad behavior, that doesn't change when Lennie is unable to control his anger and accidentally kills the “tart.”
Shame means that you feel remorse for something weather it is your actions or the actions of another. But having shame about a certain action or event doesn't necessarily mean that you have to regret or even take back what happened because there may be justifications and sometimes you can’t justify how you feel or why you feel that way. That being said shame is both the greatest motivator and the greatest deterrent, a lot of people build their lives around forces like shame. Amir is a character that is very concerned with what people think about him which leads him to publicly detaches himself from Hassan.
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
In the novel the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini he illustrates the sacrifice one gives for love. Over the course of the novel Amir, Hassan, and Baba all face dramatic events that shape them to the person they are. Each one of them sacrifice a piece of their own happiness for the one they love. Hassan is loyal to Amir even though in their childhood Amir was not a good friend. Baba sacrifices his life in Afghanistan for Amir to have an education in America.
The author provides the reader with mixed feeling about Amir. In his childhood in Kabul Amir comes off as heartless person. He is this because he has done evil stuff in his life. In the beginning of the story something bad happens to Hassan, Amir says,¨In the end, I ran.
Hassan, on one hand, was brave and did not fear defending people he cared about, like when he, “held the slingshot pointed directly at Assef’s face,” (42) when the bully confronted Amir in an aggressive fashion. When the tables turned and Assef proceeded to rape Hassan, Amir proved to be cowardice by running away because, “[he] was afraid of Assef and what he would do to [him],” (77). Loyalty was also one of Hassan’s prominent qualities as shown when although, “[h]e knew [Amir had] seen everything in that alley,” he was willing to rescue Amir, “once again, maybe for the last time,” (105). Contrastingly, Amir not only betrayed Hassan but attempted to have him and his father dismissed from service by lifting, “Hassan’s mattress and [planting his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it,” (104). Yet despite all this, the two boys still had a sincere love for one another, although it may have been temporarily painful.
In this part of the novel, Amir shows his poor sense of personal integrity because he “just watched. Paralyzed” him. Amir should be trying to help Hassan like “the day after Daoud Khan’s coup, when Hassan had saved us with his slingshot.” This reveals his cowardice because he is unable to defend a loyal friend unlike his friend once did for him. Here, Amir starts his quest for redemption because he couldn’t hold the guilt inside him.
He is the first person to read and praise Amir’s stories, something that has great impact on Amir. Through simple yet genuine remarks, Rahim is able to “encourage [Amir] to pursue writing [more] than any compliment” has done, indicating the value of his words in Amir’s eyes, and the strong bond that the two share (Hosseini 14). As Amir transitions into adulthood, Rahim’s role in the friendship shifts into someone who must push Amir to do what is best. He understands that the only way to convince Amir to go back to Afghanistan is through painful reminders of the past, demonstrated through telling Amir that “there is a way to be good again”, and by questioning Amir’s courage, accusing Amir of being a “man who can’t stand up to anything” (Hosseini 2, 233). In contrast, Rahim also exhibits a sense of tenderness and caring when needed.
The failure in Amir’s human nature is caring only for himself which leaves Amir to abandon the right decision, standing up to Assef even if it means suffering the same faith as Hassan. Amir, “ had one last chance to make a decision... I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan--the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past--and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran” (Hosseini 77).
He resists for Amir whom he loves with his whole heart. Amir witnesses this struggle, but he does nothing; he runs away since “he was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” (Hosseini 77). Amir has always believed, deep down, that his father favored Hassan, a Hazara, the dirt of Afghan society, over him, his own son. Seeing Hassan reduced to that level of baseness is perversely satisfying for him.
Can Amir be good again… ? This is the exact question that has been continuously running through my mind with each turn of the page in The Kite Runner, though before hand, I found myself wondering what aspects, qualities, or characteristics have ever defined Amir as “good” in the first place? Furthermore, by the term, “good”, do our minds think of “good” as in only benefiting thyself, or benefiting those of the world around us? Before one can determine if Amir can be good again, these questions that linger in the depths of our mind must be brought to the surface of reality and acknowledged. As far as the reader knows, Hassan and Amir both started life at the same place, but when one analyzes the characters personal characteristics, they foil each other in such a way that Hassan seems to have a sole purpose of exposing the flaws of Amir throughout their childhood, leaving an everlasting impact on the reader's thoughts, in which it is hard for the reader to detect the good in Amir when there seems to be so much bad.
He learns to relinquish his selfish ways as he begs God to not leave “blood on Sohrab’s hands” no longer bound by his guilt and shame revealing to us, the reader Amir’s redemption. The older narrator reflects “It’s wrong, what they say about the past” as he acknowledges “the past always claws its way out” that he understands the depths of morality and has grown from it. Ultimately, Amir concludes “For you, a thousand times over”, the words of Hassan as he abandons his selfish ways, to serve and to