Kite Runner Elaborative Essay

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To redeem, or not to redeem

Redemption. People can work their whole lives for it. When someone does something bad, sometimes their initial reaction is to try and redeem it. To others it takes a long time, almost forever, and for some, it never comes. For some people redemption is only important to them because their trying to change how everyone else sees them. And to others all that’s important is that they themselves feel redeemed. The best part of redemption, is that it’s in the eye of the beholder.

Baba was a very respectable, and respected man. He would always say that the only sin was stealing. “Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.” (17). “When you kill a man, you steal a life, you steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” (18). Baba would preach and preach to Amir about how horrible stealing was. “There is no act more wretched than stealing, Amir.” (18). But what happens when in the end Baba turns out to be a hypocrite? Hassan was Baba’s son. Through trying to redeem himself of one thing, he created another in which redemption was necessary. After having sex with Ali’s wife, Baba tried redeeming himself by treating Hassan and Ali as good as he possibly could while still trying to cover up his past. He redeemed himself of one, but created another, because now he’s been lying to everyone about Hassan being his son.

Redemption can also be passed down to someone else. Almost as if revenge. “If you make a move, they’ll have to change your nickname from Asseff ‘the Ear Eater’ to ‘One-eyed Asseff’…“ (42). That was the threat Hassan was saying to Asseff if he dare make a move towards Amir. He never shot that slingshot, and later on Asseff got revenge on him for even making threats towards him. Many years down the road when...
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