Redemption through Retrospect

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Redemption Through Retrospect Patti Smith, a renowned American singer and songwriter, once said, “The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.” In one’s lifetime, it is inevitable that one will face personal battles and experience feelings of guilt. One is able to find one’s peace of mind by redeeming oneself, by doing something that ultimately makes up for the cause of guilt. In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the story revolves around the two themes of betrayal and redemption. Ultimately, Hosseini exploits Amir’s odyssey to reveal the drastic transformation his character goes through from the moment he witnesses his best friend get raped to the day he runs a kite for his nephew Sohrab, repeating the same phrase Hassan said to him several years earlier. The storyline of The Kite Runner truly reveals how a flawed character can find redemption. Guilt drives Amir to embark on his search for redemption after he passively witnesses Hassan’s rape, and he strives to better his flawed character by repeating the same actions but from the giving end, stuffing money under mattresses to support others and running a kite for his nephew. When Amir sees Assef beating Hassan, Amir thinks, “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan-- the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past-- and accepted
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