Kite Runner Redemption

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To what extent is 'The Kite Runner' a story of redemption? Everyone of us struggles to seek redemption for the mistakes we have committed throughout our lives, to rid ourselves of the sins. Khaled Hosseini's novel, 'The Kite Runner' portrays the theme of redemption throughout the journeys of Amir, Baba and Soraya. It can also be observed in the lives of minor characters such as Rahim Khan and Farid at certain occasions. The concept of redemption can be observed throughout Amir's life after the day of kite fighting. From the minute Amir, the narrator, abandons Hassan with Assef, he becomes overwhelmed with guilt. Initially, he chooses not to do anything about it, however as time goes on, he realises his mistakes. He accepts his childlessness as a way to redeem himself, thinking that 'someone, somewhere [has] denied' him the right to be a parent. 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. Only when he endures the pain of Assef's repeated blows, does he feel "healed" of his mistakes as though now that Assef has hurt him, he is redeemed. Amir is not the only person looking for redemption. His father, Baba also searches for redemption in order to atone for his actions with Sanaubar, his friend Ali's wife. His actions of feeding the people on the

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