While some religions provide assistance to one’s quest for redemption, Buddhism teaches that no one, neither gods nor priests, neither church nor sacraments, nor faith nor works are of any avail. The only one who can redeem a person is herself, but it never totally goes away from her because her heart, her memories and her sins will be with her forever. The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a boy from Afganistan, who is haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. The novel covers multiple betrayals and offers the possibility of redemption.
In The Kite Runner Amir’s father tells him, “There is no act more wretched than stealing. There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft, every other sin is a variation of theft” (Hosseini 18) This statement about sin still echoes in society. When people attack each other, the person who was attacked suffers, as do the people who love him. Amir ruins not just Hassan, Ali, and Baba’s relationship but also his own self-regard in his decision to act as cowardly in refusing to step in the alley and stand up for Hassan. He decides Hassan has to leave to make him forget Amir’s own shame. Amir realizes that this never helped him and he held on to his guilt over the years. When Amir finds out that Hassan is his half brother, it is proven that Baba steals Amir’s right to the truth throughout his entire youth, Baba is a thief himself. Neither feelings of betrayal nor punishment are enough to redeem Amir. Rescuing Sohrab from Assef is not enough either. Only when Amir decides to take Sohrab to the United States and provides his nephew a chance for happiness. Amir takes the necessary steps toward atonement and redemption. Every pencil comes equipped with rubber-when an error arises, erase it. There is a possibility for a person to find redemption. In Buddhism, the first step for redeemption is to redeem person’s own self. Compare guilt to an evil, “…Evil