Honors English 11
27 august 2010
Redemption “A price paid for sins”
Redemption is a concept typically associated with religion. It is defined as receiving forgiveness for the commission of sin. For Christians, the terms redemptions and salvation are often used interchangeably. When an individual pledges to mend the error of his ways, his soul will be absolved of past sins at the time of death and achieve an external afterlife. This religious connotation seems to imply that redemption comes only with death and that it remains elusive in life. Redemption is a concept which defines that good deed can erase all the bad ones. Every person in his life at some point tries to attain redemption. It is an old concept but no one knows if it’s true or just a myth. In the novel “The kite runner”, you see redemption with Amir, Baba, Soraya and even Rahim Khan. In his first novel “The kite runner”, Khaled Hosseini features the protagonist Amir’s desire for redemption after betraying his servant and best friend Hassan in the worst possible way. He stands by passively and refuses to intervene when Hassan is brutally raped by future Taliban operative Assef. Adding further insult to injury, Amir is responsible of the removal of Hassan and his father Ali from his family’s affluent home. Unlike Amir and his father Baba, Hassan is unable to flee the war-torn Afghanistan, Hassan is not so lucky. Amir struggles with the weighty burdens of his guilt and hopes that he will be able to redeem himself through good Patel 2
works so his life can somehow be salvaged. Amir wants to redeem himself from all his sins but does not know how to do so. Amir sleeps every night with regret that he was never a good friend for Hassan. Hassan did everything for Amir, but Amir was never so nice to Hassan. Amir just seeks for a chance to make everything right again but he does not know what to do. Amir never had a good relationship...