That is why redemption is a very important aspect of The Kite Runner. Amir finds himself seeking redemption with his father and with Hassan. Amir and his father don’t have the best relationship. At the beginning of the novel, Amir tells us that he understands why his father doesn’t like him. He says it is because Amir killed his wife during childbirth and now he resents him for it.
Would he do the same with you…..to him you are nothing but an ugly pet.” (Movie: The Kite Runner Alley Scene). The selfish nature of Amir is shown throughout the story. He abused Hassan’s loyalty and friendship. Amir believed that the only way out of the self-guilt of Hassan's assault is removing Hassan out of the house. Amir's guilty feeling was fuelled by the conviction that, "When I came down for breakfast, everywhere I turned; I saw signs of his loyalty, his goddamn unwavering loyalty."
Cassidy Bulger Mr. Rigney AP English Lit October 22, 2014 Betrayal and Guilt in The Kite Runner In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, betrayal and guilt are prevalent in Amir’s relationship with Hassan. Throughout the course of the novel, Amir betrays his childhood friend, and family servant, Hassan. Much of this betrayal occurs in their youth, and because the acts were so horrific and the guilt that Amir carries is so heavy, their relationship dissolves over time. After Amir wins the kite fight, Hassan runs off to find the losing kite in order to take it home to Baba as a sort of souvenir. After some time, Amir wonders why Hassan has yet to return the kite.
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.
Later, as Amir and his father(Baba) are on a truck escaping to Pakistan a lady is practically assaulted. Amir is helped to remember what he had done and his blame develops. Inside hours of this Amir learn of the assault of a kid he knew named Kamal. At the end of the day Amir's blame that was developed in the past still affects him. This blame sends him on a long lasting way to discover recovered.
This explains that Amir has the chance to be a good person. Amir’s guilty conscience had hunted his life since his childhood. Amir had the chances of telling the truth about what he’d done to Hassan but he chose to be deceptive. While in America, his life was clouded with an atmosphere of guilt and shame for leaving Hassan. It seemed like the guiltiness of what he’d done to Hassan in the past is suffocating his life by making him unhappy.
Because Amir doesn’t have a strong connection with his father, he decides to betray his childhood friend Hassan by preventing him when he got raped in a alleyway. Ever since he was young, Amir was detached with his father and his father always seem to treat Hassan, a Hazara or slave, with a higher importance than Amir. Thus, making Amir was very envious of Hassan, and is always competing with him to win his father's affections, and by having enough courage to become a man. Amir entered in a famous kite competition, and Hassan helped him win. When Amir knocked the last kite down, Hassan was running to grab Amir’s prize.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, the author uses foreshadowing and symbolism in order to contribute to the discourse on the topic of loyalty in society. In the beginning of the book, Hosseini uses foreshadowing when Amir talks about how “Hassan never denied [him] anything,” on page 4. This foreshadows to page 105 when Hassan says a simple “Yes,” to admit that he stole the watch and the cash when he did not. This shows Hassan’s loyalty because he would take the blame for Amir which shows what a good friend he is. Foreshadowing is also seen when Hassan has the dream about Amir going into the lake to show that there is no monster.
Betrayal made Amir the perpetrator. Due to his act of cruelty, he carried stones of guilt over his shoulder which were never shared with anyone but his own mind. Eventually, he was able to overcome the redemption he felt for what he had done. Or actually for what he had not done. One way was by the scars and broken ribs Assef had left
For instance, when Assef prepared to attack Amir, Hassan bravely stood up to him and threatened to shoot Assef in the eye with his slingshot. However, as time passes, he can only redeem himself by proving that he himself has the courage to stand up for what is right. In conclusion, the Kite Runner highlights the effects guilt has on a person. Throughout the novel, characters use their guilt as the driving force of their actions. Amir utilizes his guilt to save Sohrab in order to be redeemed for not helping Hassan during his rape.