With Guilt Comes A Hope For Redemption

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The world-renowned novel, The Kite Runner was written by Afghanistan born American novelist Khaled Hosseini. Hosseini was born into a Shia Muslim family in Kabul that later in life decided to move to Paris. Hosseini was unable to return to Kabul due to the Taliban take over, this cause the Hosseini family to seek political asylum in America. The actions that Hosseini witnessed of his beloved home country influenced his novel with the themes of guilt and redemption. “The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness.” – Victor Hugo. In The Kite Runner the theme of guilt and redemption is shown through the character development of the protagonist Amir. Hosseini ...view middle of the document...

“I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didn’t.” (Hosseini pg.#) In this quote you can see that Amir regrets not helping Hassan and feels guilty for it. Amir’s remorse and sorrow leads him on the quest of a guilty man seeking redemption.
Throughout the novel Amir seeks redemption for not defending Hassan from Assef. The pomegranate tree on the hill north of Baba’s house that once represented their friendship and brotherly hood becomes a symbol of the physical harm Amir did to Hassan. This happens after the rape scene when Amir and Hassan visit the tree. (QOUTE) Amir begins to throw pomegranates at Hassan as an effort to get Hassan to fight back. Amir then becomes angry because Hassan will not hit him back. This shows that Hassan won’t hold Amir accountable for the rape. This angers Amir because he wants Hassan to fight back so he can get the punishment he believes he deserves. Amir betrayed Hassan and wants Hassan to hold him accountable for it but instead Hassan choices to stay quiet and loyal to Amir. “Amir and Hassan, the Sultans of Kabul” (Hosseini pg.#). The carving that was in the pomegranate tree that once represented the bond of Amir and Hassan now belongs to a tree that is a symbol of the guilt and redemption.
Amir’s guilt towards what he did to Hassan lead him to hate him. “Every time Hassan was around, I was getting a headache” (Hosseini 93). Amir is not able to face Hassan face to face to due to this guilt and insures that their paths do not cross. “Our paths crossed as little as possible, planned my day that way” (Hosseini 94). The guilt that Amir feels grows to the point that he tries to get Baba to get new servants to replace them so he doesn’t have to deal with Hassan. Amir places some of his birthday money and his watch under Hassan’s pillow as an attempt to make Hassan look like a thief. “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft. When you kill a man, you steal a life... you steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness... there is no act more wretched than stealing.” (Hosseini pg.#) Amir knows that Baba’s one belief is that theft is the only sin and is relatable to all crimes. Baba calls a meeting to find out why the items were under Hassan’s pillow. Hassan lies and says he stole them as a final act of loyalty towards Amir. Baba forgives Hassan but Ali and Hassan...

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