Atonement and Redemption, the Cure to Sin (Kite Runner) Essay

1369 Words May 16th, 2013 6 Pages
Alex DaPonte
Mrs. Gill
College English
March 27 2012
Atonement and Redemption, the Cure to Sin Sin will always be part of humanity, but the atonement of those sins is what matters in the end. What changes is the severity of the sin and the lengths one has to go in order to atone for those sins and redeem one’s self. In Hosseini’s novel, The Kite Runner, guilt, atonement of sins and redemption all show that no matter what a person’s sin may be, he or she will always be able to atone for that sin and find redemption. Amir’s sins are far worse than anything most people will ever go through, yet he is able to atone for his sins, let go of his guilt thus, finding redemption.
Even before Amir was born, sin would be bound to him. Hayes
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However, this is the first time Amir has admitted to himself that he lacks courage and his journey of atonement and redemption starts here. Amir reflects on his life and sees why Baba gave so much attention to Hassan. This causes even more guilt but he has come to the realization that he cannot let the sins of his past and his father to run his life.
…I remember Baba saying that my problem was that someone had always done my fighting for me. I was thirty-eight now. My hair was receding and streaked with gray, and lately id traced little crow’s-feet etched around the corners of my eyes. I was older now, but maybe not yet too old to start doing my own fighting. (Hosseini 227)
Amir decides that he must find Sohrab, his start and redemption and atonement. He is able to find redemption and atonement in the search for Sohrab because he is able to overcome his fear of being silent, being a coward and replace that with the courageous actions he should have taken long ago.
“Every true, eternal problem is an equally true, eternal fault; every answer an atonement, every realization an improvement” (Weininger). Weininger states that an eternal problem is a fault within us, and that every answer to these problems is atonement and every realization is an improvement in our overall well-being. Amir’s problem lies with his lack of courage. His answer is fighting for himself and finding Sohrab which leads to atonement. The realization that

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