Essay on Analysis Of Khaled Hosseini 's The Kite Runner

1001 Words Mar 17th, 2015 5 Pages
By the end of the novel, all the characters have redeemed themselves. Discuss.

Whilst redemption is a paramount theme in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, it is not exemplified in all of the primary characters of the text. The Kite Runner is told through the retrospective view of Amir, a well-to-do Afghani who immigrates to America due to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Throughout the novel, Amir seeks to escape, and then later, to atone for his sins committed in Afghanistan as child, ultimately succeeding in doing so. Moreover, Baba is also able to redeem himself for his past actions, both in while in America and in Afghanistan. However, the novel’s primary antagonist, Assef, never redeems himself for the heinous crimes he commits in the early and final chapters of the novel. While some characters are shown to atone for the sins, not all of them redeem themselves.
Amir is able to redeem himself for letting the rape of Hassan go unpunished by saving Sohrab from the harshness of a Taliban controlled Afghanistan and taking him to America. Amir witnesses the rape of Hassan by Assef while in Afghanistan, and is unable to confront Assef about it, instead he “aspired to cowardice”, and let Hassan be raped in hopes of retrieving the blue kite in order “to win Baba”. He carries this guilt with him until he is well into adulthood and receives a call from Rahim Khan, who tells him that “there is a way to be god again”, and that he need only come to Pakistan. Amir…

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