Guilt And Redemption : Khaled Hosseini 's Novel, The Kiterunner

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The moment an individual does a misleading action, guilt follows. Guilt distorts the minds of people, and in some cases, it leaves people wishing to rewind to the past. The battles with guilt are never ending and it is the individual choice whether they let their guilt overwhelm them. Khaled Hosseini’s novel, The Kiterunner surrounds some characters with guilt and redemption. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965 and is the oldest of five children. Hosseini has a childhood friend who is a Hazara and lives in a comfortable lifestyle. His family was ready to return to Kabul in 1980; however during the time, their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet army. They applied for political asylum in the United States and after a few months he arrived in San Josè, California speaking no English. Having lost everything he had in Kabul, his family relied on welfare and collecting little money he and his father could raise in their flea market stall. His ambitions and determination to one day see a better Afghanistan led to the creation of his novel, The Kite Runner. The novel took place in both Afghanistan and America. Amir, the protagonist, wants to leave his hometown, Kabul, because he wants to run away from his sins. Amir is surrounded by sin in his childhood because he ignores everything that does not involve Baba, his father. He overhears a conversation with his father describing to Rahim Khan that Amir was a coward. “A boy who won 't…

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