Kite Runner Redemption

Topics: Khaled Hosseini, Sacrifice, The Kite Runner Pages: 3 (1002 words) Published: April 13, 2013
Redemption is portrayed as an important theme in the text The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Throughout the novel, several characters attempt to redeem themselves of the sinful deeds in the past by scarification. However, true redemption requires appropriate sacrifices which are not necessarily the act of giving up something precious; but instead, it is strong determination to gain redemption that leads to one willingly sacrificing everything in order to compensate the victims. Amir’s yearning of Baba’s affection lead to him offering an immoral sacrifice – Hassan’s purity; eventually he realises that he has to redeem himself for this wrongful deed through the rightful and equivalent sacrifice. Baba offers donations to the charity in an attempt to free himself from guilt to Ali, Hassan and Amir. Although all the characters offer sacrifice to redeem themselves; however, it is only the righteous and worthy sacrifice that can be deemed as the true redemption. Baba offers charitable sacrifice to the community and neglects Amir in order to be relieved from his guilt and atone himself for betraying his friend and committing adultery in which all Afghan man despise. He ‘[feeds] the poor on the streets, [builds] the orphanage’ and ‘[gives] money to his friends in need’ in an attempt to redeem himself of his shameful past. However, he never tells the truth to Ali, Hassan or Amir who suffer for him and chooses to repay others in the community but not his true creditors. If he desperately desires true redemption, then he would honestly tell the truth to everyone who deserves it, abandoning his supposed ‘nang’ and ‘namoos’ and apologize with a sincere ‘sorry’ to all those who he is in debt with. As a result of not being able to have the courage to tell the truth, Baba suffers and is ‘torn between two halves’, Amir and Hassan, because he cannot openly love Hassan the way he desires. Instead, he also ‘[takes] [the fatherly love] out on [Amir]’ because when he sees Amir, he...
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