Redemption In The Kite Runner

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Redemption is the action of being saved from an evil or sin. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, the protagonist, is blamed for his mother’s death and feels that he sinned by killing his mother. She had complications while giving birth which caused her death. Amir’s father, Baba, sees his wife’s spirit in Amir. This makes him miss his wife and resent his son for causing the love of his life to perish. Amir sees himself as superior to his servant friend, Hassan. But, Hassan is the model of a good friend. No matter how much Amir hurts him, Hassan just shows him love. During one point in their childhood, Amir has a chance to prove that he sees Hassan as friend but is too afraid of what will happen to himself if he was to stand up. Both situations haunt Amir at different points of his life, Baba’s hatred affects more of his childhood whereas not standing up for Hassan haunts Amir’s adulthood. One major theme in Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, is searching for redemption with his relationship with Baba and Hassan. …show more content…
Amir and Baba are polar opposites which would not be such a problem if Amir’s mother had not have “died giving birth to [Amir]” (Hosseini 6). Baba many times doubts that Amir his son he even said that “If [he] hadn’t seen the doctor pull [Amir] out of [his] wife with [his] own eyes, [he’d] never believe [Amir was his] son” (23). Baba is controlling but cannot control Amir because Amir is not as tough as he was when Baba was his age. During the kite tournament, Amir sees winning as the key to “show him once and for all that [he] was worthy” (56). His hopes were that if he won the tournament that “maybe, just maybe, [he] would finally be pardoned for killing my mother” (56). As the possibility of winning grew, Amir “had a mission now. And [he] wasn’t going to fail Baba. Not this time.” (57). His entire childhood, Amir dedicated to showing his father that he was worthy of his

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