Theme Of Innocence In The Kite Runner

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In most coming-of-age novels, authors define childhood as the period of rose-colored glasses and complete innocence that comes to an end with a sudden profound revelation of reality; however, in Hassan, Amir, and Sohrab’s childhoods that was not the case. Their innocence was stolen from them; their rose-colored glasses shattered. The loss of the rose-colored glasses forces Amir, Hassan, and Sohrab to see reality before they could have a profound revelation and fully understand the harsh realities of life; they come of age and lose their innocence at far too young an age. Throughout the coming-of-age novel, The Kite Runner, loss of innocence is a very common theme made apparent via Amir, Hassan, and Sohrab; the theme, loss of childhood innocence, shapes the novel by introducing the themes of betrayal and redemption.
Hassan’s loss of innocence assists in shaping the novel because when Hassan loses his childhood innocence, the novel’s protagonist, Amir, loses his childhood innocence as well. During
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Amir at the time of Hassan's assault beloved that if he does not step in, he is doing the right thing for his relationship with Baba, but after he turned his back, he was left feeling guilt, which he carried with him for the rest of his life until he rescued Sohrab, which reiterates the theme of redemption.
Redemption plays a key role in The Kite Runner because it sets up the ending of the novel, if Amir had not stood idle whilst Hassan was raped in their childhood, he would not have gone back to see Rahim Khan, he went back to correct his wrongs, ‘to be good again’, but once he found out Hassan was dead he began to believe that redemption for his childhood self’s actions was an unrealistic goal which is why he went to get Sohrab after much deliberation. He went to get Sohrab because he was his last chance at
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