Redemption in the Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner is novel by Khaled Hosseini about the story of a young Afghani boy named Amir in his search for redemption. In The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s use of the first person causes the reader to make inaccurate assumptions about Amir’s character. Authors often choose to write their novels, especially biographies, in first person point of view because it means that the reader can fully understand the character’s emotions, beliefs, and thoughts on a deeply personal level. The usage of first person, however, can lead to sometimes inaccurate assumptions towards the characters in the novel, as the bias from the speaker’s point of view. The use of first person narration is less accurate because the narrator’s emotions affect the plot. Depending on a person’s previous history, background, and culture, it is natural for two individuals to interpret the same situation differently. Whereas one person may have a positive outlook on the situation, the same person may have a negative perspective. In first person narration, the narrator, or person telling the story, is telling you his perspective of events, with little consideration to others’ interpretations. This leads the reader into understanding the storyline in compliance with the narrator’s beliefs. It is also natural for an individual to change minor details within an event in order to portray themselves in a better light. A character may be quick to judge others, but will represent themselves as flawless, causing readers to believe the same. However, in The Kite Runner, there is a twist to this. Rather than making himself the hero, as is common with most stories, Amir portrays himself as a guilty, submissive child incapable of defending himself. The readers then develop a disliking of Amir based on this, although they pity him. This is because Amir blames himself, and refuses to believe that he is innocent and
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