The Kite Runner Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Throughout the ten years of Soviet occupation, internal Muslim forces put up a resistance. Farid and his father are examples in The Kite Runner of these mujahedins or men engaged in war on the side of Islam. The United States was among the countries that supported the resistance, because of its own anti-Soviet policies. When the Soviet Troops finally withdrew in 1989, Afghanistan remained under PDPA for three more years. Then in 1992, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union and therefore Soviet support for the government, the mujahedin finally won Afghanistan and converted it to an Islamic State. After the fighting ended the people of Afghanistan were still unsafe. Many lived their everyday life in fear and felt that their lives were put into jeopardy everyday. In The Kite Runner, Rahim Khan describes the fear in Kabul during the civil war "The infighting between the factions was fierce and no one knew if they would live to see the end of the day. Our ears became accustomed to the rumble of gunfire, our eyes familiar with the sight of men digging bodies out of piles of rubble. Kabul in those days, Amir jan, was as close as you could get to that proverbial hell on earth." (p.196) The fear of the people was then capitalized by the new and incoming organization of the Taliban. Which once again would take advantage of their power and influence on the people of Afghanistan implicating customs and traditions that can be viewed as brutal and full of …show more content…
Amir looks back at these memories and tries to see what he did wrong in the given situation and what he could do to redeem himself, especially in the betrayal of Hassan. Towards the end of the Kite Runner, not only Amir is in need of a second chance and redemption but Assef. Until Rahim Khan reveals Baba's secret, Amir thinks he is the only sinner among his family and friends. Hassan, through his own actions makes Amir feel guilty long before Amir even betrays him, due to his strong perseverance, and righteousness. Amir is constantly trying to measure up to Baba, because he does not realize that Baba is so hard on him because of his guilt over his own sin. Throughout the The Kite Runner, sin and the need for forgiveness in order to become one with the self and to bring redemption comes up over and over. This holds true for Soraya, who needs Amir to forgive her before she can marry him and Rahim Khan, who needs Amir to forgive him for keeping Baba's secret before he dies. "I know that in the end, God will forgive. 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." Amir is not able to forgive himself until the very end of the novel, and then sees and feels his

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