The Search For Redemption Essay

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‘The Search for Redemption’

The expression “riddled with guilt” is a good way to describe the main character‟s life, Amir, in the novel „The Kite Runner,‟ written by Khaled Hosseini. „The Kite Runner is a tale about an Afghan boy, Amir, who faces many hardships throughout his life as he grows from a boy living in a war-torn Afghanistan, to a successful writer living in America. Amir experiences many events that caused him to carry a great deal of guilt throughout his life. He needed to find a way to make amends which would allow him to forgive himself. Over the course of the novel, Amir sought forgiveness from his father, Baba; he looks for redemption for his betrayal of his friend ...view middle of the document...

Amir clearly felt that he was not measuring up to his father‟s standards of what men should be like; causing Amir to constantly strive to better his father‟s opinion of him. Amir, not only felt guilt from not meeting his father‟s expectations, he felt tremendous guilt when he did not help his friend, Hassan, when he witnessed him being sexually abused. A factor that contributed to Amir‟s guilt was that it happened when Hassan was running after Amir‟s victory kite from the kite fight. As Amir peered into the alleyway where Hassan was standing, he noticed two things, „… there were two things amid the garbage that I couldn‟t stop looking at: One was the blue kite resting against the wall, close to the cast-iron stove; the other was Hassan‟s brown corduroy pants thrown on a heap of eroded bricks‟ (80). Amir had contemplated the idea of saving Hassan from Assef, the bully who had tormented both Amir and Hassan in the past, but had decided against the notion because he did not want to risk his own safety. In this particular quotation, the kite represents the approval he will receive from his father once he brings home the winner kite, and Hassan‟s corduroy pants represent the cost Amir must pay for his father‟s acceptance. A factor that made Amir‟s guilt feel worse was that Hassan had always treated Amir with his best intentions, and was always loyal to his friend. This can be seen when Amir and Hassan were playing in a nearby field, „ “I‟d sooner eat dirt,” he said with a look of indignation. “Really? You‟d do that?” He threw me a puzzled look. “Do what?” “Eat dirt if I told you to,” I said… … “If you asked I would,” he finally said looking right at me. I dropped my eyes. To this day, I find it hard to gaze directly at people like Hassan, people who mean every word they say.“But I wonder,” he added. “Would you ever ask me to do such a thing, Amir agha?” And, just like that, he had thrown at me his own little test. If I was going to toy with him and challenge his loyalty, then he‟d toy with me, and test my integrity. (57-58) Hassan had always treated Amir with his best intentions in mind, even willing to eat dirt if his friend asked him to. As a result of the way Hassan treats Amir, the latter feels even more guilt when he does not step in to aid his friend. Although by the end of the novel Hassan had passed on, Amir did everything in his power to try and seek redemption from Hassan through his son, Sohrab. As a result of the guilt Amir carries around with him, form believing that he killed his mother and witnessing Hassan‟s rape, Amir tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his father and friend. After travelling to America as a result of the war taking place in...

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