The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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Atonement is the focal point of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner as portrayed through Amir’s guilt, the repercussions of his guilt and his effort to remove this guilt by atoning his sins. From the very start of the book, the reader is made aware of the fact that Amir had unatoned sins, setting the storyline for the book. During a flashback of a phone call between Amir and a family friend, Rahim Khan, Amir mentions the presence of these unatoned sins. The relation of these sins and the thought of atonement is shown through Amir’s thoughts, “I sat on a park bench near a willow tree. I thought about something Rahim Khan said just before he hung up, almost as an afterthought. There is a way to be good again.” (Hosseini 2) In this moment, the reader is made aware of the books plot. Foreshadowing occurs that shows Amir has unknown sins, he will try to overcome those sins of his past. Throughout The Kite Runner the main character almost constantly endures guilt. The guilt stems off the relationship with Hassan, and his constant battle to not become too close to him because of their social differences alongside the fact that Amir was jealous of Hassan’s relationship with Baba, Amir’s father. The reader can begin to notice Amir’s guilt with the scene in the alleyway between Hassan and Assef, in which Hassan is raped. Amir’s internal struggle of identifying out of his social status is shown through the testing of him while watching Hassan, as he thinks, “I could step into that

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