The Kite Runner

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To what extent is the novel, ‘The Kite Runner’ a story of redemption?

In the novel, ‘The Kite Runner’, written by Khaled Hosseini, is a story of a twelve year old Afghan boy, Amir seeking acceptance and approval from his father by entering a kite-fighting tournament along with his servant and friend, Hassan, the tragedy on that fateful day that tears the two boys apart forever. The Russian invasion forces amir and his father to flee to America where amir realizes that one day he will have to return to find peace within him. The novel is a story of redemption with the tale of Amir’s life which comes in full circle and redeeming himself for all the sins he had committed and had to live with, Amir learns stand up for himself and accept Hassan’s tragedy. Baba also redeems himself and helps Amir not to make the same mistakes he made. “Your father, like you, was a tortured soul …We had both sinned and betrayed. But Baba had found a way to create good out of his remorse.”

Amir’s betrayal and insomnia began just after the kite-fighting tournament. Amir betrayed Hassan for his own selfishness for approval from his Baba. Amir described Hassan as the sacrificial lamb that he killed every year for the prophet Irahim that this was his fate, to let Hassan get raped to save the blue kite. Amir cowardly stood back and watched biting his fist to stay quite. “Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it a fair price? … He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he?” Amir ran and acted as he didn’t see later the ‘tiny drops that fell from between his legs and stained the snow black’. Hassan, from that moment no longer had the innocence of a child, his innocence had been destroyed, and Amir could have prevented this but didn’t help a friend in need. Hassan tried to play with Amir as usual, but Amir selfish as he is didn’t want to face his guilt and so planted his birthday watch and the ‘blood money’ under Hassan...
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