The Kite Runner Redemption Analysis

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In the 1970’s, Afghanistan was not the country we now know it as today, many people’s lives were extravagant and wonderful, though still many lived in poverty as well. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, depicts Amir’s life is completely flipped on its head when his friendship with Hassan, his loyal servant, is torn apart when a young Amir witnesses a devastating scene and does nothing to help Hassan. After years of running away from his thoughts and guilt, Amir finally musters up the courage to face his demons and become good again. Along with these themes of guilt, friendship, and race, one more prominent and most important is redemption. Many may believe that full redemption is unattainable, but with the right mindset and motives, it is possible to redeem oneself. The symbol of the kite represents not only guilt, but also Amir’s futile attempts for redemption. With this in mind, Amir’s longing for Baba’s love, the assault from Assef, and Sohrab’s journey all come full circle in the end and show that Amir can mend his mistakes once and for all. After years of standoffish treatment from Baba, Amir believes that he needs to redeem himself in his father’s eyes to reconcile for the death of his mother. At such a young age Amir, “always felt like Baba hated, [him] a little. And why not?” (Hosseini 20). He is responsible for her death because, “after all [he] had killed [Baba’s] beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t [he]?” (Hosseini 20). This lead to Amir’s eventual
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