The Search For Redemption In 'The Kite Runner'

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THE SEARCH FOR REDEMPTION The most important and prominent theme expressed in The Kite Runner, is redemption. Early on in the novel, Amir’s only goal is to redeem himself in Baba’s eyes. He longs for forgiveness primarily because he feels responsible for his mother’s death. In order to do so, Amir believes he must win the kite tournament and retrieve the lost kite. Furthermore, a greater portion of Amir’s search for redemption is derived from his guilt with Hassan. Amir lives with the guilt knowing that he betrayed Hassan and therefore his guilt is the underlying drive in the rest of his actions. For example, Amir’s journey back to Kabul, to rescue Sohrab, and his confrontation with Assef. The author expresses redemption in Amir’s actions when he reaches adult hood by proving he has the courage to stand up for what is right. Throughout the novel, Amir evolved as a character. In the beginning, he was an insecure boy who craved the attention and praise from his father and was always envious of the attention his father showed Hassan. Hassan possessed more of the qualities Baba wished to see in his own son and because of that, Amir was always jealous. Amir let his insecurity and weakness get the best of him…show more content…
The turning point that ranks above all others in the book The Kite Runner is seen when Amir decides to leave Hassan in the alley to be raped and does nothing to prevent it. This moment is the point where every character’s life changes. This event puts a stop to what could have been for Amir and Hassan’s friendship and more importantly, their lives. Amir’s lack of action led to his life long guilt, Ali and Hassan's leave from the family, and ultimately Hassan's death. Had Amir stood up for Hassan they would have remained friends. This being said, Hassan and Ali would have remained with Baba and Amir and most likely would have traveled with them to America, avoiding Hassan’s death and the kidnapping of
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