What Is The Theme In The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is a novel with multitudes of themes, but the theme most integral to the story encompasses 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 couldn’t do 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, with 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 resolved 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 because he is gone. He doesn’t have any other paths of redemption left. Evidence of friendship, guilt, …show more content…

He has traveled to Afghanistan to save his nephew he never knew. At this point Amir knows the dangers he faces in the war riddled country, but he must seek a way to forgive himself for what he did to Hassan. In his quest to make things right again, Amir confronts Assef, “’WHAT’S SO FUNNY?’ Assef bellowed. Another rib snapped, this time left lower. What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this.” (Pg. 289) This is a large turning point in the novel. Amir can finally feel like he is doing right by everyone and gaining redemption for his

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