Through the novel , The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini , Amir had sinned. Amir sinned in different occasions and most were towards family or friends. Once he lied to Baba, his father, just to try to have a closer relationship. Another time was when he witnesses his friend get raped. A third sin was when he would tease his friend.
In the search of approval Amir seemly betrays his only loyal friend Hassan to receive a more one on one relationship with Baba. In Amir’s eyes “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (77) in order for him to get rid of him with the events through the novel. Over the course of the novel, Amir faces continuous struggle for his father love and respect. It is made clear that every decision Amir makes is gearing towards earning Baba’s approval. Amir’s guilt was over powering him to the point where he sets up Hassan, “Then I took a couple of the envelopes of cash from the pile of gifts and [his] watch, and tiptoed out.”
In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the author, though the journey of Amir, portrays that when man betrays another, the guilt of his actions will lead him to heave a desire to redeem himself. Due to Amir’s feelings of detachment from his father, he is driven to betray his brother and friend, Hassan, by abandoning him in an alley to be raped. Throughout the first few pages of the novel, Amir and his father, Baba, are obviously removed from each other, which causes Amir to have a desire to receive affection from him. Contextually, the reason for this divide stems from Amir’s mother, and Baba’s wife, dying in childbirth. Due to this, Amir feels resentment from his father because he turned out to be less masculine, and was not
Guilt is an emotion that comes from believing one was responsible for a particular mistake whether the assessment was accurate or not. (Powell)It can be described as “a bothered conscience” or “a feeling of culpability for offences”. One feels guilty when there is a feeling of responsibility for an action one regrets. (Barker, Guilt and Shame).A wrongdoer must deal with guilt by making atonement- by making reparation and penance. How a person deals with guilt long term is what really affects their future.
There are many traits that make one admirable. Kindness, honesty, integrity. But the single trait I find most admirable is courageousness. I find that not only does the person who is performing the act of courageousness benefits from it, but so does everyone around them. Saying that, that plays a very important role in society, and shapes it the way it should be shaped.
Redemption Humans are constantly making mistakes. Remorse leads to redemption, thus, Amir’s remorse leads him to seek redemption. Throughout the whole book, Amir is striving for redemption for new and old situations that he finds himself in. He finds that he can not hide from the truth anymore especially when he becomes an adult. That is why redemption is a very important aspect of The Kite Runner.
Hosseini and Dickens both utilize fear throughout their novels in many characters as a motivator to redeem themselves from their past actions. In ‘A Christmas Carol’, Scrooge is condemned as a character who fears his self-image, similarly to Baba in ‘The Kite Runner’. Whilst this fear is what caused Scrooge to grow up as selfish and ignorant, Baba learns that the only way to redeem himself from his betrayal is by displaying great actions of kindness. In ‘A Christmas Carol’, Scrooge’s fear of going into poverty is what caused him to become a selfish and ignorant person, however the spirits show him a different point of view which causes him to change out of different fear. After being shown his miserable and lonely death, Scrooge shows a change
was wealthy and respected. In California, he earns low wages working at a gas station. Amir makes a particularly ironic comment, remarking that some of the homes he sees make Baba’s house in Kabul look like a servant’s hut. In the past, Ali and Hassan were the servants, and Baba was the master. Now Baba is more like a servant himself.
“Sad stories make good books”, a continuously disheartening tale, the novel ‘The Kite Runner’ truly embodies this idea. Following the life of a young Afghani boy Amir, the reader is spared no details of what it is truly like to be raised in a country full of religious inequality and political warfare. Although sad, this novel is a very good read and portrays some very relevant and striking messages. One idea in this novel that I found interesting was the message around an individual’s guilt and redemption. Through the ongoing guilt felt by the character
Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner narrates through multiple events involving the contradicting actions of greed, courage, and betrayal against individual to individual. Amir, protagonist and narrator of the plot, goes through the remembrance of events from his hometown as a child, leading to his current position in life. In his past life, he experienced many obstacles and ramifications with his decisions in actions regarding life and friendship. The symbolism of the pomegranate tree where Amir and Hassan played daily together represented the intimate connection between the two friends, as the pelting of Hassan by Amir with pomegranates causing them to break represented the change in perspective towards each other in intimacy of their friendship due to the betrayal of Amir witnessing as a bystander in Hassan’s rape.