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Theme Of Guilt In The Kite Runner

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As children, people are taught that actions have consequences, good and bad. One of these consequences can be guilt or remorse, the self-imposed punishment for bad behavior. Whether it be after calling a person an unkind name or upsetting someone else, guilt affects people from a very young age. Guilt possesses the power to shape the type of person someone is and is the leading force behind redemption. Many of the characters within the novel The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini are affected by the power that guilt has. The novel focuses on guilt as one of its main ideas, the value becoming the driving force behind many of the actions that characters take and shows the tremendous power that guilt has. Over the course of the novel, guilt remains a main value for many of the characters and affects how the characters and conflicts of the characters develop. The characters Sanaubar, Amir, and Baba in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner demonstrate guilt’s extraordinary power to change the course of someone’s life and push them towards redemption. Hassan’s mother Sanaubar makes her fair share of sins throughout her life and after feeling the guilt caused by her actions she is able to redeem herself. Although Sanaubar does not have much written time on the pages of the book, her presence is felt all throughout the story. The actions that she takes affect the lives of the major characters in the book. Sanaubar is described as a gorgeous woman that men fawn over and desire,
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