The Kite Runner

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Lambs & Kites

What is redemption? What does it mean when someone is searching for inner peace, is there such a word to define that moment one is going through? The given definition states that redemption is “deliverance from sin; salvation” but what exactly is the process one goes through to reach salvation? It is known that in order to reach redemption we must accept and recognize our mistakes. But when dealing with a grief of guilt for over 26 years like Amir does in the novel The Kite Runner, written by the author Khaled Hosseini, who carefully uses a variety of literary devices, which among these are characterization and symbolism. Carefully combined to portray the major theme of the novel that seems to be the process of redeeming one self, in this case Amir is on a journey for salvation.

The major character is Amir, who is the narrator of the novel. Amir connects with various characters in the text that change him throughout. One thing for certain is that he is always used to getting what he wants except there was one thing he quite has a hard time achieving. And that is to win his father, Baba. Early in the novel Amir has a conversation with his father, one of the few that he treasures. Baba lets Amir know that, “there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft.” (17) With that statement made Amir acknowledges that he has committed a sin. And that is taking the life of his mother, who died after giving birth to him. He says “[…] I always felt like Baba hated me a little […] I had killed his beloved wife, […] the least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turn out a little more like him.” (19) As a child Baba loved soccer and he always hoped Amir would have that athletic spark in him, but the least Amir could do is pretend he enjoys watching soccer, after all he never succeeds in the sport. Instead he spends most of his time reading poems and books, making Amir the complete opposite of Baba, but there is one thing that brings the...
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