Amir stands up for Sohrab by fighting Assef for him. When Amir returns to Afghanistan to find Sohrab proves to be the solution to his quilt towards Hassan, it also is the source of the redemption he so desperately wants to seek. He chose to find Sohrab and tries his hardest to give him a better life even if that does mean sacrificing his own safety. Therefor throughout “The Kite Runner” Amir is portrayed as a boy who is always trying to make up or redeem himself for the mistakes he made, but does redeem himself towards his father, Sohrab and especially Hassan. As Hassan’s and Amir’s father would say “a boy who can’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” but Amir indicates he can
The idea of redemption seeps further into Amir's mind upon Rahim Khan's phone call, "there is a way to be good again". The embarkment of his journey to Afghanistan is a key part of redemption, because going to America symbolises his fleeing from the events of his childhood mistakes. Only by returning can he reconcile the person he is with the person that he wants to be. By admitting his relationship with Hassan as his "illegitimate half brother" to Farid, Amir confronts his mistakes as well as his father's without giving in to his pride. His rescuing of Sohrab from Assef's grasp symbolically represents how he makes up for his lack of action when Hassan is being raped.
Living the life of a coward and the betrayal of his best friend calls for Amir to redeem himself. However, Amir finds out that no amount of redemption can fully erase his past. In The Kite Runner, it starts out with Amir receiving a phone call from his old friend Rahim Khan. His friend Rahim says, “There is a way to be good again” (2). This implies that Rahim knows of Amir’s shameful past, and that he wants Amir to redeem himself.
Criticism Perpetrates Resentment “Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head” Ann Landers Blood is thicker than water, or is it? Blood-ties to parents should be sacred, eternal and the foundation for the rest of our lives to rest upon. In Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and Maus II a major theme is one of resentment, based on Art’s feelings of resentment of his father for not having experienced the Holocaust, for living while his older brother is dead, and for not being the best son to his father. These situations have built upon one another, and have created an unending cycle of resentment and criticism between father and son and husband and wife. A parent’s first responsibility is to build a foundation for their children.
Hosseini uses the theme of father and son relationships to focus on its importance and to propel the plot forward. He uses the father figures of Baba, Rahim Khan and Ali and their Afghan culture to bring up Amir; knowing they are all men focus on the absents of women which pay a big part in Aimr’s life as he is always intrigued to hear about his mother but fails to by his own father, Baba. Although, culture, forgiveness and religion also important themes in the novel which Hosseini focuses on to create a moving, memorable story line. Throughout ‘The Kite Runner’, Amir craves for the love and affection that his father never gave him. His attempts to close the distance between them have a great influence on his personality and the events that happen in his life.
Baba’s cold attitude as a parent makes Amir unable to love his father and in the process begins to ‘fear him too and hate him a little’. As a result Amir quietly defies his father and decides he will not succumb to his father’s ‘molding; ways. The silent animosity between father and son ends when Amir succeeds a kite-flying contest and Baba finally shows pride in his son, ‘seeing Baba on that roof, proud of me at last’ providing an insight into the joys of their relationship. However by Amir finally undergoing a change of traits and showing the attributes his father feared he lacked, highlights the flaws in their relationship: Is it right that Amir should have to go to extreme lengths to ‘win’ his own fathers affection? Fatherly love shouldn’t be a contest quantified by the slashing of kites, such actions are hardly the foundations for a joyous relationship.
That is why he still cringes every time Hassan's name is mentioned. When Amir finds out about Baba's betrayal of Ali (and subsequent betrayal of Hassan), he realizes that everything he thought he knew and understood about his father was false. For example, “He knew I’d seen everything in the alley… for the last time.”(216). And Amir himself feels betrayed. But Baba has been dead for fifteen years, and there is nothing he can do about the situation.
Biff 's Transformation The Character Biff undergoes profound changes in the play, “The Death of a Salesman,” by Arthur Miller. In his youth, Biff represented the ideal optimistic child who desired to emulate his father, his biggest role model. His encounter with his father in Boston completely changes his outlook on life and leads him to lose faith in the one person he admired. His changing characteristics negatively affect his entire family. The death of Biff's loyalty and obedience serves as a catalyst for the death of his once happy, American family.
William Faulkner received the O. Henry award for the year’s best work of short fiction. In William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” the main character is Colonel Sartoris Snopes or “Sarty” for short. This young boy is torn between loyalty to his father and morality, and this story deals with that struggle. Sarty is a “round” character, changing through the story as he moves from “sticking to his own blood” to thinking more of himself and his own welfare. At first, he is extremely loyal to his father, as we see with most young boys they think their fathers can do no wrong, they place them on a pedestal and look up to them.
His two older brothers, Tristan and Alfred, also enlist in an effort to protect their younger brother in his naïveté. Samuel is killed serving in the war and Tristan holds him in his final moments. He never forgives himself for the death of Samuel and begins to go mad. The Tristan character experiences the constant internal conflict of being unsettled. He is lost and fights within himself regarding whether to take care of his responsibilities at the ranch and marry Suzanna, whom he is now in love with, or get lost in the world.