The Kite Runner Redemption Analysis

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Guilt can sometimes be very difficult to come back from. How long this journey takes, or how much one struggles depends on how much whatever one's guilt stems from effects them. Guilt can even create a long lasting impression on someone, and redemption is sometimes the only way to get rid of the guilt and find peace. In Khaled Hosseini's novel The Kite Runner, Amir goes on a journey in life, from as a child being selfish and betraying his best friend Hassan for his father's affection, to being overcome with guilt due to his betrayal, and then redeeming himself and finding peace. The theme that the path from guilt to redemption is difficult but worth it can be seen through Amir's journey.
As a child, Amir is very selfish and betrays Hassan's trust for Baba's affection, leading to overwhelming guilt. Amir has always been battling for his father's attention and affection, and living with Hassan has made it a little hard as his father's attention is often divided. Although Hassan and Amir are best friends, Amir often finds himself jealous of the attention that Hassan gets. This can be seen when Hassan is given plastic surgery to correct his harelip and Amir "wished [he] too had some kind of scar that would beget Baba's sympathy. It wasn't fair. Hassan hadn't done anything to earn Baba's affections; he was just born with a stupid harelip" (Hosseini 46). Amir is clearly very jealous of the attention that Hassan get's from Baba and wishes he could get the same special attention. He
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