The Kite Runner - Amir 's Redemption

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The Kite Runner – Amir’s Redemption We all make mistakes, but it is how we make up for those mistakes that will decide the kind of person we will become. The Kite Runner novel was written by Khaled Hosseini about a boy who also grew up in Afghanistan just like the author. The novel opens during a peaceful time in Kabul and tells the story of Amir and his friend and servant, Hassan. It tells us about Amir looking for approval from his father, Baba, the ethnic tensions in Afghanistan and the events leading up to the end of the friendship of Amir and Hassan. These experiences as he grows up have caused so much guilt that he must find a way to forgive himself and find redemption. Rape represents a violent mental and physical attack on the powerlessness victims and is the main source of guilt for Amir. The kite is the symbol of childhood innocence and happiness during the early part of the novel, but changes to symbolize guilt after the rape of Hassan. The lamb symbolizes his sacrifice and shows how much Hassan loves Amir. The author also looks at the identity of Amir and his actions as both the villain and the hero on his long road to redemption. The Kite Runner uses the symbols of Afghan cultures and traditions to tell the story of betrayal and the overwhelming need to find forgiveness and redemption. Amir feels guilt throughout his life because he allows Hassan to be raped when they are young. He strives to feel remorse and remove his guilt by saving Hassan’s son Sohrab as
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