This is an example of Hosseini’s usage of irony to describe Amir’s feelings. Someone who gets beaten should not be laughing and enjoying it as much as Amir did. Amir recalls,” What was so funny was that for the first time, I felt at peace. … I remembered the day on the hill where I had pelted Hassan with pomegranates, trying to provoke him. … I hadn’t felt happy and I hadn’t felt better.
He tried to get Hassan to hurt him, but Hassan was too loyal, and could never hurt Amir the way he hurt Hassan. Amir hurt him again and again, but Hassan protected Amir till the very end. One of Amir’s first actions based on guilt was when he hit Hassan with pomegranates. ” I hit him with another pomegranate, in the shoulder this time. The juice splattered his face.
In Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” Amir embarks on a journey of redemption, as he battles with guilt, chases forgiveness, and takes leaps of faith on his path to redemption. Through the exploration of Amir’s character and his path of redemption, the novel plunges into twists and turns of guilt, the power of forgiveness, and the hope of healing wounds from the past. Firstly, the burden of guilt weighs heavily on Amir in The Kite Runner. It takes him down a path through a journey toward redemption as he struggles with the consequences of past actions but can realize his faults and admit to them.
Everyone experiences some type of guilt throughout his or her life. Whether it is on a small or large scale, there is always a sense of wanting to make up for whatever has been done. In the novel The Kite Runner, it is suggested that individuals can make up, or atone, for the bad things that they have done in their past. The author, Khaled Hosseini, explores the ideas of guilt and atonement through Amir and Baba. Hosseini develops the theme of atonement through the development of Amir’s character.
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
In the fiction novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, happiness and redemption are two separate occurrences in life that are achieved in different ways. A critic of the novel writes that The Kite Runner is a “thoughtful book in which redemption and happiness are not necessarily the same thing,” The happiness and redeeming qualities of the characters in the novel are not one and the same; sometimes, one is without the other. This leads to a disconnection between these two aspects. When Amir was a young boy in Afghanistan, the one thing that brought him true happiness was when Baba was proud of him.
Amir’s Redemption in The Kite Runner In The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseini writes that Amir makes mistakes, and because of that, it takes his entire life to redeem himself. Throughout The Kite Runner, Amir is looking for redemption. One of the reasons why Amir redeems himself was to fix the wrong he did to Hassan in his childhood. On the other hand, many may believe that Amir didn’t earn anything and rather wasted his time in Afghanistan.
The protagonist, Amir is witness of a terrible crime being committed to his friend, but Amir does nothing to stop it from happening. Hosseini uses this situation in the book to show how Amir was acting selfish. This act of selfishness leads to guilt later on. According to (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/the-kite-runner/themes.html) “Amir becomes exactly the sort of coward Baba worried Amir would become” (1). This obvious guilt made Amir feel like a helpless coward.
Amir makes hassan look like a thief by “planting [his] new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under [the mattress]” (Hosseini 104). Hassan knew of Amirs intentions that Amir wanted him to leave so Hassan lies and says that he stole it in order to remain loyal with his friend Amir. Thus, Hassan and his father Ali, feel like they can no longer serve Baba or Amir anymore and leave forever; Amir never sees him again. It was then that Amir realized how much of a horrible person he was and how undeserving he was to have Hassan. His father realized it was him and forgave him even though his father said “theft is unforgivable.”
The author puts a lot of moral ambitious character in the story the Kite Runner. Amir is an example of a moral ambitious character. He is evil in the beginning of the story, but as he matures and grows up as an adult. The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini, is a novel about a young boy named Amir and how he grows up in the Afghan war and how life was during the war. Amir's Moral Ambiguity is important to this story because he provides readers to like and hate him.
Amir feels guilty for his indolence during the incident that occured in the alleyway. This overthinking condition that fall over Amir displays the internal struggle with himself and his moral conscience, creating feelings of regret for not giving back to Hassan’s benign loyalty. As time goes on, Amir requests Hassan to come with him to the hill. When they reach there, Amir asks what Hassan would do if he threw pomegranate seeds at Hassan. Amir then pelts Hassan with the pomegranate seeds, until he cries, “What am I going to do with you, Hassan?
That being said I feel like my feelings haven’t changed too much because I enjoyed reading this book so far and from the start I was intrigued and it only continues to surprise me and makes me want to keep reading. One part that really stuck with me is when when Amir tries to get Hasson to try and beat him up so that he would feel equal to Hassan for not doing anything when he was getting raped early on. So, Amir throws pomegranates at Hassan which only makes Hassan “smeared in red like he’d been shot by a firing squad.”
The next morning, Amir mirrors an action he committed twenty-six years earlier with a different purpose. He “planted a fist full of crumpled money under a mattress” for Farid’s family to show gratitude and so they would be able to feed their hungry kids (242). As he reminiscences back to the first time he did this, his tone is no longer remorseful and abashed. In fact, the more selfless actions he accomplishes, the more he starts to embrace the changes in his behavior. Amir progresses to forgive himself for getting Hassan and Ali kicked out by counterbalancing it with his selflessness in giving Farid’s family
Redemption, the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. In the novel The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini, the theme of redemption is evident throughout the book. Hosseini himself explained redemption in his own way, stating “true redemption is… when guilt leads to good”, and this “fiction is inspired by his memories of growing up in pre-Soviet-controlled Afghanistan and Iran, and of the people who influenced him as a child.” (768 Gale) The theme is shown through each and every character, whether it be Amir the protagonist or Sanaubar, the mother of Hassan.