Escalator of Redemption There is always a chance for a scar to heal, no matter how long it is left to fester. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, since his childhood, Amir feels guilty towards his beloved ones. The more Amir acknowledges mistakes he makes and how they accumulate, the more redemption he yearns to achieve. Amir’s guilt originates after feeling accounted for his mother’s death—Baba’s true love. Subsequently, Amir resists to aid Hassan in his difficulty, fearing he will lose his father’s ‘love’, creating regret that will haunt him for the rest of his young life.
The tale begins with the Trickster hearing someone or something say “He who chews me will defecate; he will defecate!” (Radin36). He heard this multiple times and decided to look into it because it was a strange thing for someone to say. He immediately tells himself that he won’t defecate if he eats it. The Trickster went on to find that the source of the voice was a bulb. This bewildered the Trickster and before the bulb could say another word, Trickster grabbed the bulb and ate it.
In his mind, he believes that Baba will send Ali and Hassan away, and, as a result, he will finally gain some peace. To Amir’s surprise, Hassan confesses to stealing his gifts without hesitation symbolizing “Hassan’s final sacrifice for [him]” (105). At that moment, Amir realizes that Hassan knew of his betrayal, which added to his already guilty conscience. Hassan could have easily told Baba the truth and he would have believed him because”[everyone] knew that Hassan never lied”, which, in turn, would ruin Amir’s relationship with his father (105). He probably knew that Amir was unworthy of his sacrifice, that he was the “snake in the grass, the monster in the lake”, but he lied for Amir’s own benefit
Redemption Is Key Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing…” In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the main character Amir relates to this quote by redeeming himself later in life for the evil that he witnessed. Amir realizes that he can’t let his past define him and what he stands for. Throughout the novel Amir realizes “There is a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2); therefore, he puts his desire for redemption and forgiveness into motion. Throughout Amir’s life he lives with the guilt that he caused to his best friend, Hassan. One day after a kite race, Amir and Hassan go to look for a kite, and after being split up, Amir panics because he can’t find Hassan.
Cormier highlights this idea in chapter 31, when Emile Janza and his group of “friends” crowd around Jerry outside the school gates. They begin interrogating Jerry although he pretends to ignore their presence in a plead for them to leave him alone. This however infuriates the students leaving them unsatisfied with Jerry's behaviour, this subsequently leads them to violence, the boys launch themselves at Jerry and begin physically harassing him “A dozen fist pumps meled his body, fingernails clawed at his eye. They wanted to blind him, they wanted to kill him.” (Chp. 31 p.g 213.)
People believe coming back from past mistakes have no returns, but in the book The Kite Runner this is not the issue. Khaled Hosseini tells a story about two boys with different experiences in their childhood one of the boys went through a horrible life experience his name was Hassan, and the other Amir the main character in the story experienced a life of guilt for not being brave to defend those that defended him. The story begins in California when he had moved from Kabul because the Russians were starting to invade. Khaled Hosseini uses symbolism to describe character reactions and emotions throughout friendships and connects with the story. In the story The Kite Runner, Amir says, “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real person I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.
Finding Redemption In life everyone is bound to make mistakes that they regret not fixing. Amir, in The Kite Runner lives behind a guilty action he made as a child. He deals with this burden on his back throughout the book with every struggle and success he enters. Towards the end, Amir has been given the chance to find redemption and succeeds his journey. He tried many times to convince himself to find the courage to fix his past, leaving himself to find ways when it’s too late to redeem himself by going out of his way to search for his half-brother’s son.
At the two friend’s pomegranate tree, what was supposed to be a nice afternoon with each other turned into something messy as Amir started to throw pomegranates at him, “I don't know how many times I hit him. All I know is that, when I finally stopped, exhausted and panting. Hassan was smeared in red like he’d been shot by a firing squad. I fell to my knees, tired, spent, frustrated” (92-93). Amir thinks if he can get Hassan to hit him back, it would stop the guilt, Hassan who is so loyal wouldn't hurt him.
You start to see this in chapter eleven, when Baba was in an argument with the people that own the gas station about the trust in America versus the trust in Afghanistan. Baba was furious, but Amir stood up to him, got him out of the store, and handled the situation with the managers. Amir eventually married and soon after, Baba died. Amir then went back to Afghanistan to save Sohrab, Hassan’s son, who had been purchased from an orphanage by the Taliban and was being tortured. This shows how confident and selfless Amir had grown, especially considering the risk of going to Afghanistan at this tumultuous time.
Blood is seen as a symbol of betrayal in times throughout the kite runner. After Hassan is raped blood drips from between his legs and stains the ground beneath him. When they are at the pomegranate tree for a final time together Amir starts pelting Hassan with pomegranate, but he refuses to fight back because of his loyalty. When Hassan smashes a pomegranate into his own face Amir recalls that the “red dripped down his face like blood.” Here again betrayal is symbolized through blood. From theses words I allowed blood to drip down onto Amir’s face.
He finally feels like he is redeeming himself and sees himself standing up for Sohrab as also standing up for Hassan the night he was raped. He remembers trying to provoke Hassan by throwing pomegranates at him; Amir wanted Hassan to respond throwing the pomegranates back to make himself