Theme Of Redemption In 'The Kite Runner'

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Mariam and Amir are different because both use different paths towards redemption’ freeing themselves from their own sin. Along the way of redemption, Mariam is sorrowful and Amir is ecstatic. In the last chapter of The Kite Runner, Sohrab is finally in America alongside Amir and Soraya. Amir, Soraya, and Sohrab attends an Afghan festival and notice kite flying. Sohrab is amused, and it brings back memories for Amir. Amir buys a kite hoping to put a smile on Sohrab’s face. In The Kite Runner Amir says, “ Do you want me to run that kite for you?” His adam apple rose and fell as he swallowed. The wind lifted his hair. I thought I saw him nod. “ For you a thousand times over”, I heard myself say”(Hosseini 371). When Amir says, “ For you a thousand…show more content…
Currently Amir and Sohrab’s relationship isn 't very stable. Sohrab lost his trust for Amir after Amir told Sohrab he would have to go back to the orphanage. Amir acknowledges his sins in the past, and that 's why with his every effort, tries to find peace and forgiveness with himself, Allah, and Hassan. The only way to do this is to nurture Sohrab and give him the treatment Amir himself wasn’t able to provide for Hassan. In chapter forty six and forty seven of A Thousand Splendid suns, Mariam unleashes her emotions of pain and anger towards Rasheeb, resulting in his death. Laila is shocked by Mariam’s actions, and immediately make plans to leave town with Mariam alongside Tariq, Aziza, and Zalmai. However, how much Mariam would love to go with Laila, she can’t herself to go. Mariam stays in Afghanistan to take responsibility for her actions. To follow Taliban protocol, she must be executed. Hosseini says, “ Mariam wished so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over…show more content…
Another difference between Mariam and Amir is that because in Afghanistan, Mariam is a women and Amir’s a man, they are both treated differently, and different rules apply to different genders. In chapter ten of, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Rasheed and Mariam are a newly married couple, however Mariam hasn’t yet adapted to the situation and prefers to stay in her room for the mean time. After a couple of weeks of isolating herself, Mariam pursues her duty as wife, and Rasheed explains what she must and must not do. Rasheed says, “ But I’m a different breed of man, Mariam. Where I come from come from, the wrong look, one improper word, and blood is spilled. Where I come from, a woman 's face is the husbands business only. I want you to understand that. Do you understand?” (Hosseini 70). Rasheed says this to Mariam because everyday he sees customers with their wife not covering their face, wearing short clothing, and letting other men touch them. When Rasheed says, “ Where I come, the wrong look, one improper word, and blood is spilled”, we can infer that Rasheed is influenced through violence. Here, Rasheed warns Mariam that if she ever looks at him in the wrong way or talks to him impolitely, she’ll be beaten, or punished in some other way. Rasheed says, “Where I come from, a woman 's face is the husband’s business only.” The quote shows that Rasheed is very strict when it comes to Mariam exposing her face or even her whole body to the public. Mariam is forced to wear

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