The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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“There is a way to be good again.” (Hosseini 334). This quote given by Rahim Khan to Amir holds a great amount of force and symbolism. In theory, this quote symbolizes the beginning of Amir’s path to redemption. The eye-opening Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells about the struggles of Afghanistan before and during the Taliban, and one’s struggle for redemption and acceptance. With regards to the opening quote, some see Amir’s actions as selfish. However, others may believe that Amir truly changed and grew to forgive himself and others, and learned to effectively climb over brick walls that kept him down for years. One common quote distinguishes some similarities between Hassan and Sohrab: “like father like son”. For starters, both are tormented repeatedly by Assef: sexually, physically, and emotionally. Assef routinely bullied Hassan as a child and teased him about his father by calling Ali “Babalu”. His abuse reached a climax when he beat and raped Hassan in the alley because Hassan would not give up the blue kite that he rightfully ran. Similarly, when Assef purchased Sohrab from Zaman, the orphanage director, he made him his slave. He forced Sohrab to dance, and abused him physically, sexually, and emotionally. Both Hassan and Sohrab symbolize the lamb. Amir “sacrifices” Hassan in the alley scene so that Amir could gain Baba’s acceptance. On the other hand, Zaman “sacrificed” Sohrab to Assef so that he could buy the children food at the orphanage. Astoundingly, both

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