The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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‘Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.’ -Richard von Weizsaecker
On May 29th 2003, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini was first published- and since then has taken thousands of readers on an emotional journey through the demise of Afghanistan (due to the soviet military intervention) and its effect on a pair of best friends; Amir and Hassan. This book focuses on key themes such as father to son relationships, the prevalence of the past, and social hierarchy. Though most of all, this novel focuses on the desperate search for redemption, which follows Amir for his whole life until his unlikely trip back to Afghanistan. ‘The Kite Runner’ demonstrates how although mistakes are natural, guilt is overpowering and can only be accepted with redemption. This is shown throughout the novel by the overpowering effect of guilt on the Amir, the need and urge for redemption, and the success felt when it is at last achieved.
Throughout the majority of Amir’s life, he is vastly effected with guilt for a number reasons which have a negative effect on him mentally and physically. This is first identified at the beginning of the novel, in December 2001 when Amir is recalling upon events from his past. ‘That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last…

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