The Kite Runner Theme Essay

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini develops the idea of Amir’s search for redemption. The search for redemption is a key theme of the novel, as Amir lives with the guilt of the incidents that occurred during his childhood in Kabul. With each new challenge Amir is given the opportunity to redeem himself and prove he is no longer the selfish boy he was in his childhood. “All I saw was the blue kite. All I smelled was victory. Salvation. Redemption.” (65) Amir felt early in the novel that Baba thought of him as weak. By bringing Baba the blue kite back he could end the disappointment of him, redeeming himself for his mother’s death, and end his longing for Baba’s love. For a moment Amir had redeemed himself, but created a new situation which he had to redeem himself from. Through the novel, the symbol of a sacrificial lamb represents redemption. When Amir witness Asseff rape Hassan he thinks to himself, "I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it. It was a look I had seen before. It was the look of the lamb."(76) Again in the story, Amir is reminded of the lamb, when he witnesses Asseff exploit Sohrab in Afghanistan. The comparison between Hassan, Sohrab and the Lamb represents their innocence. Because Amir betrayed an innocent Hassan in his youth, he must save Sohrab to redeem himself. By ending the exploitation of Sohrab, the “lamb”, Amir attains redemption for his sin. As child, Amir betrayed his Hassan and Baba’s trust, out of fear, cowardice, and selfishness, which lead to those event haunting him into his adulthood. By retrieving the kite for Baba and rescuing Sohrab from his life in Afghanistan Amir redeems himself from his childhood decisions. Redemption is a key theme in the novel. The symbols of the kite and the lamb serve to tell the story of Amir’s quest for redemption, and how after all his sins “there is a way to be

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