The Search For Redemption In The Kite Runner And Secret Daughter

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The search for Redemption
In a lifetime one will face many battles and deal with guilt as said “nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power” (Abraham Lincoln). Guilt from deceiving others or other immoral acts will result in one constantly searching for redemption. Khalid Hosseni’s novel Kite Runner and Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s novel Secret Daughter revolve around betrayal and redemption. Firstly, the search for personal redemption will strongly influence ones character. Secondly, the bond a child forms with their parents will affect their actions. Lastly, the persistence of the past will cloud one’s ability to redeem their life. Throughout the novel the authors integrated the themes of redemption in diverse and powerful ways, influencing the characters’ lives.
Redemption is the act of saving or being saved from any sin, error or evil searching for redemption can impact ones character. Within both novels many characters are on a quest for redemption. This develops the characters as Amir the main character in The Kite Runner, was driven to be important in his father’s eyes and not just the boy who is the cause of his wife’s death. Also, in the novel Secret Daughter Kavita, one of the main characters was determined to have the love and acceptance from society by giving birth to a boy, in doing so she gave up 2 daughters. Amir was forced to deal with the guilt he had built up over the years as a result of that one incident although it was out of his control his father’s words "a boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" drive him to take the opportunity of redemption(Hosseni 4). In relation to Amir, Kavita is driven by her pain “they have showered on her all the traditional gifts, as if this is her first baby, their first child. What about the other times I’ve carried a baby in my womb, given birth, held my child in my arms?” Kavita is disturbed that no one acknowledges the fact that she’s had other children, this leads her character though guilt and sadness, complicating her life throughout the novel (Gowda 65). As both characters’ lives are intertwined with guilt it shapes the decisions they make as Amir sets out to make things right with Hassan, to prove he is not the selfish boy he once was and Kavita need to find forgiveness within herself to be freed of her pain, just like Amir. Next, Amir and Jasu, Kavita’s husband in the novel secret daughter did not just ruin their lives; they destroyed the lives of others around them. Amir making the choice to leave Hassan in the alley set the lives of both characters in the novel “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan the way he stood up for me all those times in the past and accept whatever would happen to me or I could run. In the end, I ran” (Hosseni, 84). Amir’s choice to run later impacted his father’s life as he lost the chance to watch his son Hassan grow up. Just as Jasu, forced Kavita to give up her...

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