Betrayal And Redemption In The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

954 Words 4 Pages
Julie Garibay
Emily Craig
AP English Language
11 March, 2018

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini developed a story where events were not covered up, and characters were brutally defined without any remorse. Throughout the passages of ‘The Kite Runner’ is a list of background stories, character development and a harsh reality of the Afghanistan culture. Through a series of analysis there is groundbreaking evidence and scenes that prove the theme of this story stands with betrayal and redemption. Furthering that is for the first part of the story, the author conveys a self-deprecating tone that sends the message that the protagonist, Amir, has destined himself to be a despicable monster because of a mistake he made as a child. But, by the
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As Amir is starting to self destroy himself over the events, it is obvious that through the beginning it is Amir who is looking in the past as a burden as he explains, “That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” (Hosseini 1) The author put this in the exact beginning of chapter one to input a sense of question from the reader. In this one quote it is the peak of Amir's guilt beginning to grow because he can’t seem to forget the events that happened in his past. His guilt stands first in his decision to sacrifice Hassan to win his father’s attention, second is his betrayal by accusing Hassan for stealing his birthday gift, third is his disloyalty by disowning Hassan as his friend, and the last is his ignorance to Hassan’s suffering. Hassan being Amir’s servant and childhood playmate was the base of Amir’s self loath that set the beginning tone of the novel. Although, the cruel reality of these sacrifices to win Baba’s (Amir’s father) attention became more or less a failure when his father explain “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (Hosseini 36) which is a clear defiant reasoning that Amirs failed attempt to when his approval …show more content…
Redemption is a strong theme and tone by the ending of the novel because Amir learns to forgive his father and begins to accept himself. Through the events in the story, Baba begins to get ill with cancer and attempts to redeem his actions by spending all his expenses on the wedding of Amir and Soraya which is a true redemption of his own father due to the lie of Hassan being Amir’s brother all this time. But, as events revealed the reasoning of the chapters is the turn of the tone beginning with hopeless to hopeful. As the beginning set with the dark tone by the kite fight that led to the rape scene to the smile of Sohrab (the young son of Hassan and Farzana) at the ending of the story during the last kite fight through the long battle of his journey. So, the authors intent of the storylines tone was to shift into a dark and twisted tone to a a clear hopeful path for Amir and the characters as they develop to accept themselves. As Amir states; “It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make ANYTHING all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting.” (Hosseini 371) and the reasoning this was implemented was because the realization of Amir’s

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