Hosseini 's The Kite Runner : A Look At Violence Essay

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Hosseini’s The Kite Runner: A Look at Violence In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, violence is a reoccurring motif. This violence is used in the novel for different reasons. It is used to highlight the theme of the search for redemption, for characterization and to emphasize the symbols in the novel. Violence is a key element in The Kite Runner and is essential to emphasize the other key elements in the story. One of the themes in The Kite Runner is the search for redemption. Rahim Khan’s famous quote: “There’s a way to be good again” (Hosseini 2) is what starts Amir’s journey for redemption. Violence is a valuable motif to highlight this theme in the novel. Hassan getting raped is the core of the novel and while describing the rape Amir says: “I ran because I was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of getting hurt. That’s what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley to Hassan.” (Hosseini 82) In this quote, Amir talks about his actions while Hassan was getting raped. These actions were caused by the violence of Assef on Hassan and were the cause of why Amir felt remorse. Amir’s search for redemption was a result of the remorse he felt about Hassan getting raped. Amir felt relieved of his remorse while Assef was fighting him, he even says: “I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this.” (Hosseini 303) All good and bad things have to come to an end and the…

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