The Kite Runner

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The novel I have studied is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The reoccurring theme running throughout this novel is the theme of atonement. “The Kite Runner” suggests that individuals can atone for the bad things they have done in their past. Hosseini suggests that atonement is possible if the person who seeks redemption first admits their guilt. He explores the ideas of guilt and atonement through Amir, the novel protagonist and to a lesser extent through Baba, his father, and a wealthy Afghan man. Rahim Khan, a friend of Baba, explains the positive value of the guilt that has haunted Amir for years by showing him that it can lead to true redemption. In the novel, by exploring the ideas of guilt and atonement through Amir, Hosseini is able to show the debilitating effects on his life. Amir is so haunted and traumatised by his past that he fears that he and Soraya are unable to conceive a child as he is being punished for his childhood sins. Even though Amir believes this, he finds it hard to confess his sins to Rahim Khan and his secret can be compared to Soraya’s openness. Amir is clearly yearning to atone his sins throughout the novel as he quotes “I knew all about regret” when he is informed of his wife’s past. Soraya has been able to move on because she has accepted her past and confessed her secrets. As the novel progresses, we see Amir grow in maturity, partly due to his separation from Baba, and can now can accept the opportunity to atone. Rahim Khan, as Amir’s mentor and friend, helps to support the ideas about redemption and why it is still possible, “there is a way to be good again”. Through Rahim Khan we see that Amir must complete his journey to achieve this and through the phone call from Rahim Khan in the opening paragraph, we can see Amir’s cowardice nature and repent. “I knew it wasn’t just Rahim Khan on the line. It was my past of unatoned sins”.
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