During one’s life, they will be faced with situations that can influence the people surrounding them. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini a novel based on the life of Amir, the son of a well-off Pashtun. Amir spends the majority of his life trying to please, and receive affection from his father, Baba. Amir and Baba had two Hazara servants; Hassan, and Ali, Hassan’s father. Hassan and Amir have been friends since birth despite their different social classes. Hassan has always gained the affection of Baba with less effort than Amir has, and for that reason, Amir begins to resent Hassan. After a series of unfortunate events, Ali and Hassan made the decision to leave the company of Baba and Amir to start a new life in Hazarajat. Later
The Kite Runner is the first novel of Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a boy from Kabul, Afghanistan, whose closest friend is Hassan, a young Hazara servant. Novel turns around these two characters and Baba, Amir’s father, by telling their tragic stories, guilt and redemption that are woven throughout the novel. Even in the difficult moments, characters build up to their guilt and later on to their redemption. Their sins and faults alter the lives of innocent people. First, Amir and Baba fail to take action on the path to justice for Ali and Hassan. Moreover, Amir and Baba continue to build up their guilt due to their decisions and actions. Although Amir builds up more guilt than Baba throughout the novel, he eventually succeeds in the road to redemption unlike his father. After all, Amir and Baba have many chances to fix their atonements but Baba chooses not to and Amir does. Baba uses his wealth to cover up his sins but never atone himself while Amir decides to stand up and save Sohrab and finally finds peace. Amir and Baba’s reaction to sins essentially indicate their peace of mind and how they react to guilt and injustice.
The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is a novel with multitudes of themes but the theme most integral to the story concerns friendship, guilt, and redemption. This theme was most important to the novel because the conflict in the book is intertwined with this theme, following the life of a man haunted by regrets. The book is told from the perspective of Amir and this is something he deals with for the entirety of the book after the incident with Hassan. Amir, even as a middle-aged man, is still haunted by what he hadn’t done for Hassan all those years ago. Amir’s entire life takes a certain path because of what he did or didn’t do during and after Hassan’s assault. Amir’s decision affected not only himself, but also Hassan. Their lives forever changed. Amir and Hassan were each other’s best friends and they grew together like brothers, though they didn’t know at the time. Amir feels as though he broke the sacred bond they had and he decided to make it right by finding Sohrab. This is the last thing he can do for Hassan. He cannot tell him he is sorry anymore. He doesn’t have any other paths of redemption.
symbols such as kite flying, his mother’s death, and the characters’ facial scars, the author asks readers to question their own internal strifes and if they too have demons. In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the search for redemption is symbolized, time and time again, showing that redemption is the driving force behind selfdiscovery. Everyone is plagued with internal strifes; however, none more that Amir. The author brings Amir and Hassan together by making them fly kites with one another every year. After Hassan’s sexual assault, Amir never flew kites again. That was until Amir saved Sohrab, Hassan’s child. Amir states just how long it has been since he had last flown kites “ I hadn’t flown a kite in a quarter century, but suddenly I was 12 again and all the old instincts came rushing back.” (Hosseini 368). By having Amir fly kites with Sohrab in the end of the novel, the author shows that dishonesty is redeemable,
Kite Runner is a novel written by author Khaled Hosseini. The setting takes place in multiple cities and countries such as California, America specifically Fremont, but the main story is in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975 through 2001. The story is about the protagonist and the narrator of the story Amir. Amir is a wealthy Pashtun boy who grows up in Kabul along with his father Baba. When Amir is nearly 12 years old along with his friend Hassan they spend their days trying to win the prizes in the tournament by kite-fighting in the hitherto peaceful city of Kabul. After several kites-fighting competition, the tournament is held in Amir’s neighborhood. Amir simply participate and wins that tournament, but he loses his kite, Hassan tells him he
With the help of several doctors and Amir, he is still alive. Soraya calls Amir to tell him that there is a way to bring Sohrab to California. The two of them head to Fremont, but Sohrab does not speak with anyone when he arrives in America. For months, Sohrab remains silent. In the month of March 2002, Soraya, Amir and Sohrab head off to a gathering of Afghans at Lake Elizabeth Park in Fremont. There are kites in the sky so Amir buys a kite for he and Sohrab to fly. At one point, Amir is able to cut off the string of a green kite and let it loose. Amir asks Sohrab if he wants him to run the green kite and Hassan nods at him. Before he runs off, he tells Sohrab, “for you, a thousand times over...” (391). This is one of the most powerful and memorable metaphors from the story. This metaphor is used to show Hassan’s loyalty and his deep love for Amir at the beginning of the story. Amir is now in Hassan’s shoes and is showing the same loyalty and deep love to Sohrab. Amir has finally found some peace in his life after bringing Sohrab to America. He did what Rahim Khan believes is true redemption and that is, “...when guilt leads to good”
“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” (Hosseini 1-2) Khaled Hosseini published the book The Kite Runner in 2003. This book includes the characters Amir, Hassan, Baba, Rahim Khan and many more. This book is mainly about Amir’s childhood in Kabul, his move with baba to California, and lastly his return to Kabul. Amir is also someone who falls in the shadow. He doesn't really know who he is because of the things that happened to him in the past. In this book he also gives the reader an understanding of what
This displays, that his childhood villain, was behind the terror organization the Taliban, which shows how the Protagonist has to overcome his childhood fear, to gain triumph. Correspondingly, the author acknowledges how Amir is finally “cleansed” from what has been holding him back his whole life; he finally felt redeemed. At the end of the novel, he also made up with Hassan’s childhood how he was the Hazara, and finally Amir had switched roles with Sorhab. On page 371 Paragraph 4, When Amir and Sohrab were flying kites in the local park, Amir asks Sohrab if he shall retrieve the kite, he simply nods, and Amir proposed“... For you a thousand times over.”
The Kite Runner is a novel that is filled with betrayal, guilt, and redemption. Khaled Hosseini uses past events to show how they can affect a character in both a negative and positive way. Due to past events, Hassan and Amirs' relationship is almost completely destroyed, and Amir is constantly overwhelmed with guilt. The past events both, positively and negatively, affect Amir where he must contend with the aspects of the past. Amir must make amends with his past where it served to benefit and hinder him because he struggles to get over the guilt of his betrayal, and tries to atone for his sins by going to Kabul.
As a foreword, the story of The Kite Runner focuses on a man named Amir. In his childhood, he enjoyed a high-class life in Kabul, Afghanistan, living with his father Baba. They have two servants, Ali and his son Hassan. They are Hazaras, a lower class ethnic minority in Afghanistan. In one Winter of their childhood, Amir and Hassan participate in a kite-fighting tournament; the goal is to be the last kite flying. When a kite is cut, boys chase after it as a
Amir narrates a cyclical story of redemption through his memory which completes the cycle by reversing his kite flying role. The guilt of his sin of watching while his friend Hassan got raped, haunts him for 20 long years. He then cringed even upon hearing Hassan's name and the guilt endures as he chooses to deal with it by avoiding it. The effect of this terrifying sin is felt gravely due to the significance of kite flying in their childhood years. In the moments of their last kite flying tournament when the kite was flying high in the sky, their friendship was at its pinnacle. Hearing Amir describe these experiences in his own voice, saddens the readers further; to add to the utmost forgiving nature of Hassan.
“I actually aspired cowardice… Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.” (Hosseini, 77) Nobody would ever believe that something innocent as kite flying or kite running could lead into an epic tale of betrayal and redemption, however Hosseini, in his novel The Kite Runner, manages to weld this activity with the journey that a man has to make from his betrayer to his redemption. Though Amir is the protagonist in this novel and we’re supposed to want him to come through as victorious, it’s hard with a character like Hassan under his wing. Their situations almost make you hate Amir, without Hassan being so pure, readers might be able to relate to Amir yet his
There are many themes that circumnavigate the Kite Runner, but the most distinct core value, that closely correlates to Amir’s own personal journey, is redemption. In the novel, the author Khaled Hosseini accurately portrays human nature in his representation of his characters, and despite their sins or tendencies to fall from grace, the real girth of his story lies in their ability to redeem themselves through their own acts of personal sacrifice. In the beginning of the novel, Amir seeks to redeem himself from the guilt he feels for the responsibility of his mother’s death, thus winning the affections of his father. In order to do so, Amir makes two of the biggest mistakes of his life; taking advantage of Hassan’s unwavering loyalty. From there the rest of the novel
The Kite Runner, a novel written by Khaled Hosseini, focuses on Amir’s journey in life, both physically and emotionally. During Amir’s childhood Afghanistan became very unsafe. He and his father, Baba, fled from the city of Kabul to Pakistan and then made their way to America in hope of a better life for Amir. "For me, America was a place to bury my memories. For Baba, it was a place to mourn his." The need for Amir to "become good again" is embedded in the idea of a physical for redemption of his dignity.
Hosseini also states that Hassan’s lip symbolizes the cultural and social differences throughout the novel, and how Amir's slingshot symbolizes the loyalty, their childhood, and explains standing up for what is right. The Kite Runner is a story of about an AfghanAmerican boy named Amir who has flashbacks that visually depict how his life was when he was just a young boy living in Afghanistan. It was a time of injustice as he searches for a redemption of his past guilts. Hosseini shows readers how Amir matures, and how he felt about different experiences during his life back in Afghanistan. The Kite Runner employs symbolism to show the experiences and moments in Amir’s life that have meaning to him and have left an impact on his life forever. By using symbolism, Hosseini makes readers think about how much earlier experiences and moments have shaped Amir’s life in The Kite Runner.