Redemption and Atonement in Kite Runner

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Redemption and Atonement Rahim Kahn states, "There is a way to be good again". Proving Kahn's point, the author, Khaled Hosseini , establishes a theme of endless pursuit of redemption and "being good again". Throughout the novel, Amir, the narrator and main protagonist, strives to earn his father's approval. Through those efforts he maims his only true friendship and crushes another person's faith and dignity, and spends the rest of his life trying to repair the damage done by that selfish mistake. Hosseini shows us through Amir that even in the face of overwhelming odds, the human spirit has a determination to embrace the things that make life worth living. As children, Amir and Hassan shared an incredible bond that made them feel as if they were brothers. However, Hassan's rape by Assef maimed their friendship as Amir did nothing but watch. The encounter carving a deep scar in their lives, nothing was the same between the two of them. For the rest of his life, Amir regretted his lack of action and blamed himself for what he did to Hassan. So when Rahim Kahn pleads him to come back to Kabul and to save Sohrab, convinces himself to save Hassan's son since he could not save Hassan himself. He goes as far as fighting Assef and says that although he is beaten within an inch of his life, he, "felt healed. Healed at last." (p289). Once they are safe in America, Amir and Sohrab do some kite flying of their own, even if Sohrab is hardly paying attention to anyone else in his world. Amir offers to run the kite that Sohrab cuts down, as if he were offering it to his best friend Hassan himself, exclaiming, "For you a thousand times over!" as his brother had once said to him. (p371). Amir consistently searched for methods to appease his father and gain his favor, but his father was not proud of the man he though Amir was. He thought he was weak and immature and had no

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