The Struggle For Redemption In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner

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In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Amir constantly struggles for years with a personal memory of his past until he ultimately confronts his guilt and achieves redemption.
The event of Hassan being raped lingers in Amir’s mind and the guilt of not standing up for what was right continues to haunt him. Baba said “a boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (21). Amir only wanted Baba’s affection and in order to get it he sacrificed Hassan, not realizing that Baba only wanted his son to stand up for himself. Hassan’s sacrifice was further proof of how Amir is a coward. Amir knew this too when he said “I could step into the alley, standup for Hassan- ...view middle of the document...

He says “that was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years” (1). The event of his childhood, no matter how old, has made a deep impression in Amir’s mind that always draws him back to the guilt that he kept to himself. It was not until Rahim Khan contacted Amir saying “there is a way to be good again” (2) that Amir had the opportunity to atone for his sin. He learns from Rahim Khan about Hassan being his half-brother (222). Amir’s guilt escalates after discovering that what he did to his best friend was really what he did to his brother. Hassan is killed by the Taliban because he would not allow them to take over Amir’s childhood home (219). He died standing for what he believed in; Hassan characteristics were parallel to that of Baba, his biological father. Now that Hassan is dead, Amir can no longer seek direct forgiveness and knows that his only hope of redeeming himself is to find Hassan’s son.
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