Essay on Guilt and Redemption in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner
What is Guilt?
Guilt is the overwhelming feeling of remorse that one experiences after committing a sin.
What is Redemption?
Redemption is compensating for one’s sins through actions that relieves one from guilt.
When making choices that causes one to feel guilt, one tries to purge their guilt through the act of redemption. Hosseini exhibits this through the characters of Sanaubar, Baba and Amir.
Sanaubar’s Guilt and Redemption
Sanaubar elopes with a group of singers and dancers when Hassan was less than a week old. She also knew about the sin she committed when she slept with Baba and conceived Hassan. Eventually, Sanaubar returns to Kabul to seek forgiveness from Hassan.
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Amir’s Guilt and Redemption
Amir teases Hassan in many occurrences and doesn’t do anything when Hassan is being raped. He also makes Hassan leave his house and Kabul all together. Later on, when Amir has matured as a character, he goes back to Kabul from America and brings back Hassan’s son, who is an orphan now, and decides to raise him as his own.
“There is a way to be good again.’’(Hosseini, 2)- As we know, Rahim Khan knows about Hassan’s rape and is telling Amir that he can redeem himself for what he had done in his childhood.
“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