Kite Runner Redemption

In: English and Literature

Submitted By julia2877
Words 1188
Pages 5
Kite Runner: Redemption
Amir’s Atonement

When you do wrong, you are plagued with guilt. Guilt can be sinful; it stains your conscience and ruins your morals. Although these actions are wrongful, they can be atoned to through sacrifice or purification. People find piece of mind in doing something that makes up for the cause of guilt and this is especially eminent in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner. Although there are many ways to advocate to wrongful doing, through the main character Amir’s actions sacrifice was proven to be the most liberating act.

Throughout the book, the main character, Amir, seeks redemption for his “…past of unatoned sins” (Hosseini, p. 1). These feelings of guilt arise at the beginning of his life, when his mother, Baba’s love, dies giving birth to him. From that point on, Amir strives to redeem himself because he feels he is responsible for her death: “Because truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I?” (p.20). It is this guilt that Amir carries throughout most of his childhood and for which he tries to atone to with Baba’s love and affection: “Maybe he’d call me Amir Jan like Rahim Khan did. And maybe, just maybe, I would finally be pardoned for killing my mother” (p. 60).

Amir competes against Hassan for the approval of his father and his willingness to sacrifice the relationship he had with Hassan shows the extent of his need to please and gain his father’s affection. When Amir wins the kite running competition, Hassan kindly decides to run his kite for the last time and in doing so, he gets encountered by an older group of boys and is raped and beaten. Amir not only stays and witnesses this but runs...