The Kite Runner Redemption Essay

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Redemption defined by dictionary.com, is interpreted as an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or being redeemed; deliverance; rescue; deliverance from sin; salvation; atonement for guilt. Throughout the course history, redemption has been present. Where there is a wrong, there is a right to counter that wrong. For instance, in Bible tellings when Jesus paid the ultimate price for sinners by giving his life to allow them live freely, receive an eternal life and be forgiven for their sins. In relation to friendships, there will always be differences that cause dispute between friends no matter how positive the relationship is. In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, the friendship between Amir and Hassan is one that can contain less than friendly qualities with Amir’s poor decisions that leave him guilt struck all his adult life. Mentally tortured by the sins of his childhood, Amir looks to make amends from his …show more content…
When an individual hears”redemption,” ideas of how to make up for a wrong come to mind, as when a friend hurts a friend and must help them for the pain they caused. As well, others may think of something similar, something not very drastic or heinous. However, in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, Amir’s actions toward Hassan cause great pain and guilt that last through his adulthood only to eventually lead to a path of redemption. Rahim Khan was the ignition to prompt Amir to begin his path of redemption by calling him to Pakistan and presenting him with secrets that will drive Amir back to Kabul. With the knowledge that Hassan is his half-brother Amir looks towards Hassan’s son, Sohrab, as being his last chance at redemption, leading Amir to defeating their childhood enemy and bringing Sohrab back to America to be cared for by Amir and his wife. Amir redeems himself for his troubled childhood in Kabul for which he betrayed his friend Hassan, essentially becoming the ultimate act of

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