The Themes Of Betrayal And Redemption In The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a historical fiction novel set mostly in Kabul, Afghanistan and Fremont, California. The novel spans the time periods before, during, and after the reign of the Russians (1979-1989) and the Taliban’s takeover (1996) of Afghanistan. It is told through the first person perspective of Amir alongside his father, Baba, his half-brother, Hassan, and Baba’s companions Ali and Rahim Khan. Growing up, Amir and Hassan are practically inseparable, as they are always playing games, reading poetry, or simply spending time together. Hassan’s mother, Sanaubar, is never present during the children’s youthful years, but they both have Baba as a shared father figure in their lives. The themes of betrayal and redemption…show more content…
Hassan allows Assef to rape him because Assef threatens to take away the last kite that Amir has cut to win the competition. Since he seeks Baba’s approval, he wants to present it to him to establish a better* relationship with him. Therefore, he views Hassan’s rape as a sacrifice for his desires. Directly before the incident, Amir “[catches] a glimpse” of Hassan’s face, and describes his face as holding “resignation in it” (76). He then goes on to compare his expression to the “look of a lamb” (76). In this quote, Amir is referring to the sheep that he witnesses the mullah kill on a Muslim holiday, the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah, which he and his family celebrate every year. Amir believes that the lamb sees itself as a sacrifice, and accepts its unwanted fate, which is how he believes that Hassan feels too. Though Amir later feels immense guilt for his actions*, he is able to disregard* his regrets when he and Baba move to America to escape the Russian takeover. Amir compares America to a “river, roaring along”, and views it as being “unmindful of the past” (136). He describes forgetting his mistakes in America as entering the river, “[letting] [his] sins drown to the bottom”, and allowing, “the waters” to “carry [him] someplace far.” (136). Because of this, Amir enjoys thinking of America as a place with “no ghosts, no memories,”, and “no sins”, and relishes in his forgetful state (136). However, as one can not continue
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