Kite Runner Essay

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Sacrifice is a persistent literary theme in Hosseini's The Kite Rinner. Sheep are slaughtered as a sacrifice to Allah, to show devotion, but also as a form of atonement. Amir and Hassan are both human embodiments of the sacrificial sheep; they both undergo life-threatening circumstances where their blood is shed for the sake of another person. Hassan's faithfulness to Amir led him to take blame for a crime he did not commit. Amir abandons his wife, home, career, and family to go back into Afghanistan and adopt Sohrab, Hassan's son, risking his life in the process. In The Kite Runner, Hosseini incorporates the theme of sheep sacrifice because of its historical and symbolic significance; sheep symbolize sacrifice and atonement. The sheep sacrificing ritual Eid-e-Qorban is performed on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Muslim calendar. The ceremony is performed "to celebrate how the prophet Ibrahim almost sacrificed his one son for God" (Hosseini 76).According to Muslim faith, sheep are sacrificed so that one is cleansed of sins and to have a clear conscious in God's eyes. Sheep sacrificing is also a form of prayer, a way of pleading to God and asking for something in exchange for sacrificing a sheep. When Amir left for Afghanistan without a mention, back in America his wife is extremely worried and his mother-in-law, Jamila Khan, is doing nazr everyday. She is killing sheep in form of prayer for Amir's well-being and return. When Amir is told of this on the telephone, he asks his wife to please tell her mother not to do this; Amir has a distaste for this sort of religious ritual. Because Hassan sacrifices himself for Amir; he is essentially the sacrificial sheep who accepts his suffering, just so that someone else can be spared of that suffering. During their childhood, after the kite flying tournament, Assef demands Hassan to give him Amir's kite

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