The Kite Runner Redemption Analysis

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The constant battle of love and a sense of tension between all of the father and son pairs is extremely apparent throughout all of The Kite Runner. It always seems as though one character is trying to make something up to another character. Feelings of guilt, the need to redeem themselves, and extreme jealousy between Amir, Baba, Hassan, and Ali are the primary factors that keep the plot moving. Whether it is Baba to Hassan or Amir to Baba, there is always a sense of the need for redemption going on. This sense of redemption can be found not only within characters, but also incorporates a bit of polical view in to the novel by giving a glimpse in to the various lives of different ethnicities and how they interact with one another. Hassan and Amir grew up in a strange situation, unlike many children growing up in Afgahistan. “Amir, a Pashtun, and his Hazara servant, Hassan, have grown up not only as master and servant but also as inseparable friends” (Stuhr 122). They do many activities best friends would do like carving into a tree that they are the "sultans of Kabul" (Hosseini 27); however, their friendship one sided and weak. Amir takes advantage of the fact Hassan is endlessly loyal to him and Hassan’s illiteracy. He uses Hassan’s inability to go to school and get an education to humiliate Hassan by saying things like “Well, everyone in my school knows what it means,' I said. "Let's see. Imbecile.' it means smart, intelligent. I will use it in a sentence for you. When it comes to words, Hassan is an imbecile” (Hosseini 29). Making fun of Hassan is purely for his entertainment and to prove he is smarter. All of this need for superiority stems from Amir’s want to be seen as the favorite in Baba’s eyes, and he will go ... ... middle of paper ... ...ominent in this novel and is set from the very beginning of the book. Amir knows that when he failed to stand up for himself as a child; so in his adulthood, he has to prove himself by standing up for what he knows is right, no matter how hard it will be. He learned this from when Baba told him in his childhood that a boy who does not stand up for himself can never and will never stand up for anything. The Kite Runner “illuminates ethnic tensions, political turmoil and Taliban repression in Afgahnistan through the story of boyhood friendship and betrayal” ('Kite Runner' Shines A Light On Afghan Sport). By intertwining the real life struggles of Afghani people and the characters of this fiction novel, “Hosseini brings us into the politically chaotic but beautiful world of Afghanistan and one man’s journey through guilt and trauma from his childhood” (Pearson 66).
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