Redemption - Kite Runner Essay

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John Peterson November 3, 2010 Road To Redemption What is redemption? How does Khaled Hosseini incorporate it in his book The Kite Runner? The Kite Runner and the main character, Amir, are all based around redemption. Amir is eaten away by guilt and a painful past his whole life and finds that pain and regret have a very close relationship. 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. Since this quote comes from the beginning of the book, we do not know what Amir did that is worthy of redemption, or even why Rahim Khan is calling Amir. But, later in that chapter, it is revealed that something very dark and life-changing is lurking in Amir’s past. Something that he will never forget. “I thought about Hassan. Thought about Baba. Ali. Kabul. I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today” (2). This is what Amir thinks to himself as he is debating on whether or not to go back to Afghanistan. His initial reaction is not to go. Kabul, Afghanistan was Amir’s former home, but was also one place where he was scarred for life. This is the first reference of redemption in the novel. Amir can’t erase his past by attempting to redeem himself, but he can try to counter what he did with a positive future. Throughout the story, Amir’s character expresses very much that what happened to Hassan is haunting him. Almost every positive thing that presents itself to Amir is burdened with the guilt of how he let his best

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