In Rescuing Sohrab, Amir Could Find Redmeption for Both Baba and Himself. Do You Agree?

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Through the course of the novel, the quest for redemption remains a key motive for both Amir and Baba. In rescuing Sohrab, this quest is near completion, but in fact will never be entire in the case of Baba, having taken the truth about his betrayal with him to his grave. With the rescue of Sohrab from the clutches of the tyrannical Assef, Amir does find close to redemption, but not for his father, only himself. True redemption is when one atones for his own sins; Baba will remain restless in his grave.
Sohrab, the son of Hassan, serves as a means of salvation for the ‘tortured soul’ that is Amir. Having attempted to neglect his past, he has learnt “the past claws its way out”, leaving him an ‘insomniac’ whilst residing in America. The
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The callous act of betraying his devoted friend, having slept with his wife, and in turn creating the illegitimate Hassan. But it is through this we see the powerful character that is Baba. “…good, real good, was born out of your father’s remorse” Rahim Khan describes; we see the power of redemption when remorse is genuine and sincere. His impact visible at his funeral where streams of people
Amir ‘’barely knew’’ tell him how Baba found them a job, helped built them a house or that he was ‘like a brother to them’. Baba uses his wealth, skills and influences to make a difference in the lives of many. He works for three years through the obstacles of corruption, building approvals, tradesmen and escalating costs to build the much needed orphanage. He completes all this of his own will, truly wishing to redeem himself. Despite having betrayed Ali, he ensures both Ali and Hassan’s lives are as full and secure as possible. Treating Amir and Hassan almost equal and even crying at Ali’s departure, displaying his true affection for the one he regrettably betrayed.
The Kite runner shows that redemption is only possible when one takes responsibility for ones action through positive, altruistic and courageous deeds. Baba committed many acts of philanthropy, but fails to inform the people around him and those affected of his sins, which leads us to deem that he did not achieve true redemption. True redemption is when a person atones for his “own” sins,