In the Kite Runner, Amir makes mistakes throughout the book, which drives the question of if Amir redeemed himself later in the book. Amir doesn’t earn the redemption he seeks by the end of the novel. In order to want to earn redemption, you must feel as though you have made mistakes. There were many things that made Amir guilty. The first reason happened when Amir was flying his kite in a tournament and after he won, Hassan offered and went to go get his kite for him.
Amir gets very upset after hearing Baba speak about him like that, and feels self conscious about himself and their relationship, starting the jealousy towards Hassan. Amir does everything to feel close to his father, so when the kite tournament came around in the winter of 1975, he knew he had to win. Not just for himself but for Baba. Amir did just that, he had won the kite tournament with the help of Hassan. After Amir cut the kite, Hassan ran for the last cut kite to give to Amir.
At this point in the novel Amir’s character is the complete opposite of when he was just a boy. Before, Amir would have run away, thinking only of himself. The new Amir however, stands up for Sohrab, without a single selfish thought. He bravely faces Assef, acting to help Sohrab, instead of being an unmoving bystander. Amir has gone from a weak-willed, jealous, and egotistical boy, to courageous and selfless
Since he was a child, Amir has been struggling with the guilt he has because of his betrayal to Hassan. Khaled Hosseini uses the theme of redemption to show the reader the difficulty of Amir trying to make up for his actions. Amir goes through many difficult trials through his life but the most prominent is the road to redemption he goes on to forgive himself for his betrayal to Hassan. At the beginning of the novel we see Amir in America answering a call from Rahim Khan. After the call Amir says “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.
“For you a thousand times over” says Amir, to the son of his former servant, after he has redeemed himself for all of his actions. Amir is a man who finds courage through correcting his wrong doings by making new valuable decisions. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, expresses how lies can change someone’s life and how one man finds redemption through doing good. Upon doing good there are also many other ways that redemption must be found, taking on great responsibilities, fighting for what is right, and finding ways to become closer to God. Amir has found redemption through doing what is beneficial to others in his life.
Amir then tries to prove himself worthy to Baba and participating in the Kite fighting tournament. Amir says Baba was used to winning and he should expect the same from his son. Amir then goes on saying “I was going to win,...bring it home and show it to Baba...show him once and for all that his son was worthy “(56). Amir would show Baba he was capable of winning but then it soons turns back negative on Amir. Hassan gets raped and Baba sees Amir is unable to stand up for himself, let alone others.
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.
To undo this guilt he does different actions in the positive way that show how his actions are now used for positive good deeds. Amir grows to become someone willing to die for Sohrab and believes Sohrab to be a part of his family which is ironic because Hassan was never able to become a part of their family due to social pressures. After Amir recognizes that Hassan knew all along Amir has a bigger feeling of guilt which is only washed away through constant deeds. One service is when Amir places the crumpled money for a positive outcome rather than to chase someone out, “ Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress ( 242) ”. As Amir grows as a character after ridding himself of different guilts he develops and grows by changing different actions that he has committed in the past as a sin.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, a young, Afghan boy who learns about what it means to be redeemed through the experiences he encounters in his life. The idea of redemption becomes a lesson for Amir when he is a witness to the tragic sexual assault of his childhood friend, Hassan. As a bystander in the moment, Amir determines what is more important: saving the life of his friend or running away for the safety of himself. In the end, Amir decides to flee, resulting in Amir having to live with the guilt of leaving Hassan behind to be assaulted. Hosseini shows us how Amir constantly deals with the remorse of the incident, but does not attempt to redeem himself until later in his life when Hassan has died.
In the beginning of the novel, Hosseini first established that Amir was selfish and a coward. Amir would forever regret his actions (or lack thereof) and the decisions he made when he was young. Amir’s father, Baba, in the beginning of the story, worried that Amir was too soft and lacked any courage to stand up for himself. When Baba was privately speaking to his friend, Rahim Khan, about Amir and his peers, “I see how they push him around, take his toys from him, give him a shove, a whack there. And, you know, he never fights back.
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.
Lopsided” (Hosseini, 2003, p. 370). That is when he truly knew he had redeemed himself. He asked Sohrab if he would like for Amir to go retrieve the kite. Sohrab nodded and Amir put himself in Hassan’s shoes. Running after that kite, Amir knew he finally was letting the guilt of his childhood go because he has finally redeemed himself once and for all.
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.
One of the most noticeable conflicts that emerges in the early chapters seem to be almost mundane, but affects the overall characterization of both Amir and Baba. Amir is a young child, yearning for his father’s attention, his approval, his love. The conflict is one of both external and internal. It had gotten to the point where Amir went through with the kite flying with Hassan just to receive his father’s approbation.