Redemption in “The Kite Runner”


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Redemption in "The Kite Runner"
In Amir’s own eyes he never fully manages to gain redemption for is past actions. However, I don’t believe that people should be held responsible for the mistakes they made as a child, particularly when those mistakes were based in part on the cultural and social pressures far beyond his control. By returning to Afghanistan, and by rescuing Sohrab, Amir should be seen as having redeemed himself for any weaknesses he suffered as a young man.
As the book opens Amir states, “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975” (p. 1). On that day Hassan was held down by two boys and raped by Assaf. Amir got there in time to help, but was too afraid to stand up to the...
The end:
.....mir finally starts to feel some redemption, though he never can or does feel complete redemption.
In an ideal world Amir would have been able to gain redemption for his childhood mistakes. But, in an ideal world his relationship with Hassan would have been as equals from the start. In an ideal world there would have been no bullies, no Taliban and no war. In an ideal world all people would be as giving and brave as Hassan. The fact that Amir could not live up to Hassan’s standard of loyalty means that in his own eyes Amir could never gain complete redemption, although others might see him ultimately as brave and loyal for returning to Afghanistan and saving Sohrab.
Hossein, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York, Riverhead Books: 2003.