The Kite Runner Forgiveness Analysis

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One of the main themes in The Kite Runner is forgiveness. It is shown in many different ways throughout the book and mainly revolves around how Amir wants to be forgiven for not helping Hassan when Hassan needed help the most.

Amir cannot live with the guilt and feels a strong need to find redemption after he betrays Hassan. Hassan, who has always helped him and stood up for him in the past, got raped while Amir was watching and cowardly refuses to intervene. Amir couldn’t live with the guilt, so he framed Hassan for stealing objects from the house. Therefore he was responsible for the removal of Hassan and Ali from his family’s home.

Years later, after Amir gets married and became succesful as a writer, he still has a hard time dealing with his guilt. As a result, Amir spends the rest of his life trying to find redemption
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Amir strives to redeem himself in Baba’s eyes because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible for that. To redeem himself to Baba, Amir thinks he must win the kite-tournament and bring Baba the losing kite:

Hassan was able to lead a fulfilling life due to his great ability of forgiving others. Hassan has always forgiven Amir. This is shown when Amir quotes

Hassan had forgiven Amir after so much time had passed by. Years later, Hassan had written a letter to Rahim Kahn. In the letter, Hassan described that he hoped Amir would return to Afghanistan and that they would reunite. Hassan wrote even letters to Amir filled with warmth and nostalgia for their time in Kabul.

Hassan had forgiven his mother Sanaubar. She made a return in Hassan’s life three decades after she left him. Hassan took her in, and treated her as if nothing had happened since she left when he was just a baby. Hassan was able to forgive her,

It was Sanaubar who delivered Hassan’s son, Sohrab, in
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