The Search for Redemption in the Kite Runner and Secret Daughter

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The search for Redemption In a lifetime one will face many battles and deal with guilt as said “nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power” (Abraham Lincoln). Guilt from deceiving others or other immoral acts will result in one constantly searching for redemption. Khalid Hosseni’s novel Kite Runner and Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s novel Secret Daughter revolve around betrayal and redemption. Firstly, the search for personal redemption will strongly influence ones character. Secondly, the bond a child forms with their parents will affect their actions. Lastly, the persistence of the past will cloud one’s ability to redeem their life. Throughout the novel the authors integrated the themes of…show more content…
As both characters’ lives are intertwined with guilt it shapes the decisions they make as Amir sets out to make things right with Hassan, to prove he is not the selfish boy he once was and Kavita need to find forgiveness within herself to be freed of her pain, just like Amir. Next, Amir and Jasu, Kavita’s husband in the novel secret daughter did not just ruin their lives; they destroyed the lives of others around them. Amir making the choice to leave Hassan in the alley set the lives of both characters in the novel “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan the way he stood up for me all those times in the past and accept whatever would happen to me or I could run. In the end, I ran” (Hosseni, 84). Amir’s choice to run later impacted his father’s life as he lost the chance to watch his son Hassan grow up. Just as Jasu, forced Kavita to give up her 2 daughters “we cannot keep her! …she will become a burden to us, a drain on our family!” (Gowda 106-107). Just like Kavita is haunted by not having her daughters with her, it is also disturbing Jasu. He knows what he did was wrong therefore he’s been trying to make up for it all his life. Both characters go through guilt and shame for the decisions they

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