Essay The Issues of Sin and Redemption in the Kite Runner

977 Words Nov 26th, 2009 4 Pages
Parker 05 October 2009 *The Issues* of Sin and Redemption in The Kite Runner Redemption is defined as the act, process, or instance of redeeming--:to free from what distresses or harms: as 1) to help overcome something detrimental; 2)to release from blame or debt; 3) to free from the consequences of sin, or 4) to change for the better. It cannot be accomplished in a single day. Redemption is a process that can take days, weeks, and months—sometimes even years to achieve. As the definition states, in order for a person to be redeemed, he/she must have committed some type of sin. In The Kite Runner, redemption is so important because sin is so prevalent. From Amir watching Hassan being raped, to Baba not coming out with the truth …show more content…
He will forgive your father, me, and you too ... Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But most important, forgive yourself." (302) Rahim Khan carries the novel's ultimate message about forgiveness. God is merciful; it is people who are not. A person who is atoning for his/her sins is coming to terms with the sins by him/herself, without relying on a higher power. When Amir prays, he is still bound by fear and guilt; instead of wishing unselfishly for Sohrab to recover, he begs God not to leave "Sohrab's blood on his hands." When Amir manages to forgive himself in the very last moments of the novel, he redeems himself at last. Redemption is all about making up for your past wrongs. A person cannot run from his sins forever; eventually, they will catch up with you. There were plenty of scenes in the novel where Amir could have turned his back and kept “running away” from his past. But, Amir is tired of running. He is tired of carrying the guilt of what had happened to Hassan. Just as Baba redeems himself for what he did to Ali by doing marvelous deeds for others (building orphanages, lending money to his neighbors), Amir redeems himself by putting others before himself and giving Sohrab a second chance. There is a part of a person that will always remember the bad things that he/she has done. But, two things should overshadow that part: the person acknowledges what he has done wrong and tries to never make the same mistake again,

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