The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Essay

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In Literature many characters face struggles with their past and must deal with them. Amir from Khaled Hosseini’s book The Kite Runner must face his past in order to achieve the redemption he so desperately needs. Hosseini uses Amir’s attempts to relieve his guilt, the kite, and Amir’s illness that results from his guilt, to show that despite our past sins there is the possibility for atonement.
Throughout the book Amir struggles with the memories and the guilt from his past. Amir tried multiple different methods for relieving the guilt, but despite these efforts the past would continuously haunt him. We first see Amir’s problems when Baba, Amir, and other family members are in car driving from Jalalabad. Amir politely “Please pull over, Baba… Getting sick” (84). In this situation Amir got sick after Baba and his family were talking about the kite Amir had one Kite Running with Hassan. Later in America Amir faces this problem again when sitting in the car and Baba states “ I wish Hassan had been with us today” (133), Amir describes that “A pair of steel hands closed around my windpipe at the sound of Hassan’s name.” (134). Amir’s stays with him for a long time, until he has found Sohrab and is fighting Assef “ What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace” (289).
After Hassan’s rape Amir tries very hard to forget the event that has happened and that he watched and did not do anything about the rape. Amir first avoids Hassan later…

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