The Kite Runner
The desire to feel loved and wanted by your parents can drive a person to go to extreme limits to get that love. One boy that goes to these extreme limits is Amir. All Amir wants is to have a good, strong relationship with his father. He feels the death of his mother was his fault, and he needed to make it up to his father. In doing so, Amir let’s horrible things happen to his friend Hassan. Many many years later, after fleeing to America, Amir returns to Afghanistan in search of redemption of his actions all those years ago. The theme of The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is redemption. Through Amir’s life, that’s what he’s been doing to himself, trying to redeem himself from his acts that have brought pain amongst others.
The novel, The Kite Runner took place primarily in Afghanistan, and also America. It shows the struggles of the life of a Hazara living in Afghanistan, and the horrible effect the Taliban had on such a wonderful country. What the book mostly focuses on is the main character Amir, and his relationships with others and himself. After witnessing his friend get raped and not being able to do anything about it, his life takes a turn. Amir goes through so many tough situations, such as death, abuse, and attempting to face his problems. All these events lead him to become a better man, a man who tries to make up for what he did in the past to his friends.
Amir develops greatly, and one sees this within the theme of redemption. Amir feels that he needs to redeem himself for his father because the death of his mother was due to his birth. Baba says stealing is the worst crime a man can commit, and Amir believes that he stole his mother away from his father because of his birth. Amir “always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife… hadn't I? the least I could have done was to have the decency to have turned out a little more like him” (Hosseini, 19). As a boy, Amir only...
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