Discuss how and why one of the main themes in the novel is about finding peace in one’s soul.
In the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, finding peace in one’s soul or redeeming oneself is key to the plot. Ever since the beginning of the novel, the protagonist has been trying to find redemption, as well as forgiveness and appreciation from his father in order to mend their skew relationship. He blames himself for the death of his mother. Moreover, betraying his best friend, and half-brother, did not bring him any closer to redemption. Furthermore, the author makes it seem as if the mistakes that he had made in the past, are the ones that he can never forget. However, on one fateful day he received a phone call from an old friend, Rahim Kahn, a phone call which brought him all the way back to his childhood. The novel begins with a complicated relationship between Amir, the protagonist, and his Father, Baba. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little… I had killed his beloved wife… The least I could have done was to have the decency to have turned out a little more like him.” Makes it clear that Amir feels that he is responsible for his mother’s death, moreover, he believes that Baba blames him. It also seems as if the harder Amir tries to gain his father’s approval, the more difficult it becomes to find. From this point on, redemption becomes a clear theme. Hassan is very significant character in the novel. It is a crucial moment, when Hassan is confronted by Assef and his friends. “I had one last chance… to decide who I was going to be.” Brings it to our attention that Amir could have stood up for the person who loved and trusted him the most. But instead, he chose to look for his father’s approval for winning the Kite Tournament. This is a sin that Amir constantly thinks about in the future, but instead of looking to atone for it, he merely pushes it further and further away. By doing this, Amir becomes very frustrated and decides to...
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