Road to Redemption

1823 Words Jun 21st, 2010 8 Pages
Road to Redemption
“There is a way to be good again” (2) is not only a relapsed statement in Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, but also a reoccurring theme in his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Through the comparison of his two novels, the characters ultimately struggle to find their personal road to redemption. The protagonist of The Kite Runner, Amir returns to Afghanistan to redeem himself of a memory that has been haunting him for the past twenty-six years by saving his half-nephew, Sohrab. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Mariam's endeavors to be redeemed are achieved through self-sacrifice - and having a reason to die for. Throughout the course of each of the characters’ lives, their ultimate goal is deliverance
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(38) Her reason was to allow for Aziza and Laila to have a safe life to live – which ultimately redeemed Mariam before she died.
A predominant theme that shows throughout both novels is hope specifically through hardships and oppression. Unfortunately, hope is just as easily taken away as it is given. Characters tend to have high hopes, and they are easily shattered. When Sohrab is saved from being Assef’s sex slave, he is reluctant to trusting Amir. However, to gain his trust, Amir promised Sohrab that he would never send him to an orphanage again. Sohrab began to adjust to Amir. However, due to circumstances, Amir told Sohrab he might have to go to an orphanage for a little while. When he finally puts trust into Amir, he is quickly betrayed. Which led to Sohrab’s attempt in suicide. Amir, at that moment, had not felt true redemption because he felt like he betrayed Sohrab. He would have to work hard to gain Sohrab’s trust again. It would not be until they got back to America that Amir would get a mere smile from Sohrab.
As a child, Mariam had high hopes in her dad. In essence, she contributed in her mother’s death due to the fact that her dad was too arrogant to be seen in public with his harami: bastard daughter. He made her feel like she was a disgrace to the family which was also how she viewed herself. When Mariam is leaving Herat to move to Kabul with Rasheed, her last words to her father
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