Because Amir betrayed an innocent Hassan in his youth, he must save Sohrab to redeem himself. By ending the exploitation of Sohrab, the “lamb”, Amir attains redemption for his sin. As child, Amir betrayed his Hassan and Baba’s trust, out of fear, cowardice, and selfishness, which lead to those event haunting him into his adulthood. By retrieving the kite for Baba and rescuing Sohrab from his life in Afghanistan Amir redeems himself from his childhood decisions. Redemption is a key theme in the novel.
In this case Amir is treating Hassan like a lamb to sacrifice. He is willing to let Hassan go through anything so that he can keep the kite. This event leads him later on to look for redemption. This quote develops the theme of redemption to show that you cannot run from your past you must face it or have it forever pull you down. Amir and Hassan are good friends but there is an imbalance of loyalty and selflessness.
From the opening of the novel it is shown to the reader that there is a gradual character development of Amir. He says, “Standing in the kitchen with the receiver to my ear, I knew it wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins.” This is referring to Amir’s betrayal to Hassan, this use of dialogue shows the reader that Amir’s guilt has finally caught up with him. Amir and Hassan spent their childhood together as best friends and when Amir won his kite race, Hassan offered to fetch the winning kite. At this time, Assef the local bully approached Hassan to get the kite.
Baba was a typical father that expected his son to be into athletic things such as soccer and such, and when Amir tried things of that nature, he felt bad because he was not as good as Baba had hoped. But one thing that interested both Amir and Baba was the Kite tournament. It was Amir’s dream to win the tournament so that Baba could be proud of something that he did. Later on throughout the story, Amir won that tournament and in order to show Baba the winning kite, the price he had to pay was to watch his friend Hassan get raped. In Chapter 7 Amir states, “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.
Father Paul realizes that he does not understand Leon’s traditions and this realization makes the pastor compromise his beliefs so he can understand death from a different perspective. Because of Teofilo’s death, traditions are upheld, religious conflicts arise, and change is embraced. Upon finding his grandfather’s body, Leon immediately begins upholding his Pueblo tradition by preparing Teofilo’s body to return to the earth. Leon ties a grey feather to his grandfather’s hair and paints his face with various colors that represent symbolism of a naturalistic theme of various elements of Earth. The theme of naturalistic symbolism continues with Ken throwing corn meal and pollen into the wind over Teofilo’s body, and this symbolism is resonated further by the wind blowing the grey feather (Silko 175).
27 November 2013 Kite Runner Essay In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan sacrifices his own blood for Amir, even though Amir did in fact have a chance to save Hassan from his fate. Even with his guilt, Amir is never able to call Hassan his friend until learning of his blood relation to him, bringing him to see that the surface value of a person, where they came from and what they’ve done, is not a worthy assessment of the person. Because of Amir’s evolved understanding of who people are beyond their social status or blood relation, he is able to accept his past and find redemption. Amir’s decision to marry Soraya as well as to adopt Sohrab is based on his realization of the need to accept people as they are. After he and Soraya learn they are infertile, they discuss the idea of adoption with Soraya’s parents, but her father disapproves saying, “Blood is a powerful thing, bachem, and when you adopt, you don’t know whose blood you’re bringing into your house” (Hosseini 188).
Early on, Amir strives to redeem himself in Baba’s eyes, primarily because his mother died giving birth to him, and he feels responsible. To redeem himself to Baba, Amir thinks he must win the kite-tournament and bring Baba the losing kite, both of which are inciting incidents that set the rest of the novel in motion. The more substantial part of Amir’s search for redemption, however, stems from his guilt regarding Hassan. That guilt drives the climactic events of the story, including Amir’s journey to Kabul to find Sohrab and his confrontation with Assef. The moral standard Amir must meet to earn his redemption is set early in the book, when Baba says that a boy who doesn’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.
The silent animosity between father and son ends when Amir joins and wins a kite-flying contest and ties his own father’s record in the number of kites he cut down. Later, the relationship between the two strengthens as they flee from war-torn Afghanistan and in the process Baba shows Amir how he stood up even to the point of risking even his own life in order to save an unknown woman from a Russian soldier’s vile intentions. As immigrants in the United States Baba once again shows Amir how he can make personal sacrifices for his son’s sake. Forced to live in a foreign country, Baba dies broken hearted but fully resigned to what Amir had made of himself – a writer happily married to a wonderful
A month after Rahim Khan left for Pakistan, Taliban kill Hassan and his wife because they refused to leave Baba's house. Their son, Sohrab, was put in an orphanage Rahim Khan tells Amir about the death of Hassan and Farzana, his wife. He tells Amir that Hassan is Amir's brother. Ali was sterile. Hassan was also Baba’s son but Hassan never knew.. Rahim Khan asks Amir to go to Kabul and bring Sohrab to him.
Human beings are shown in the bible being born with original sin that draws them towards sin and eventually leads to their death. When Jadis encounters Edmund in the forest she asks him who he is, but before that she offers him the Turkish Delight and she calls him “Son of Adam” (Lewis 124). In the Christian bible we are all sons of Adam. Edmond symbolizes humanity by being called “Adam” and choosing to betray his family and his friends in exchange for Turkish Delight, which serves as a sign of sin. There are many examples in the book that can be used to link the Christian prophet Jesus, to the character Aslan from the TLLW.