Does Amir Redeem Himself?
Kite Runner is a novel written by Khaled Hosseini that took place in the Middle East. The book has a reoccurring theme throughout the plot, which is redemption. From the beginning of the book the main protagonist, Amir, had been searching for redemption, for example earning the respect and love of his father. Also, Amir was attempting to redeem himself for what he had done to his childhood best friend. Amir failed to do so, however. He did nothing to help his best friend when he was being violated by Assef, Hassan who loved him unconditionally and will do just about anything for him, on the other hand, he treated Hassan only as a servant. Amir was also the reason why Hassan and his father left and did not have the conscience to correct his mistakes. His guilty conscience was eating him up and he could not take it, instead of redeeming His intentions were good, but it was too late for him to fix things. Seeing he failed to redeem himself during his early years and failed to do so during his manhood.
Throughout Amir's childhood, he had many moments where he could have redeemed himself. The most notable incident where he could have done so was when his half-brother, Hassan, was beaten and raped in a deserted alley. The whole time Hassan was living with Amir and Baba, he was very faithful and loved Amir unconditionally, saying he would eat dirt if Amir asks him to. But for everything and for all the sacrifices that Hassan had done for Amir, standing motionless, and cowardly fleeing from the scene is how he chose to repay Hassan. He then stopped being friends with Hassan for not saying anything about the incident. When Baba said "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything" (Hosseini 22). Clearly as a boy, Amir did not stand up for anything, it was Hassan who did everything for him.
Hassan demonstrated his loyalty to Amir when he told Baba he stole Amir's watch even though he did not....
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