The Kite Runner Sin Analysis

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In order to yearn for redemption, a sin must be committed. Baba, the father in The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini, argues that theft is the only sin. “When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. . . . There is no act more wretched than stealing. . .”(18) As a child, Amir is told that and instantly becomes afraid of committing a sin. Amir spends most of his childhood yearning for his father’s approval and would hate to jeopardize it over something like theft. Naturally, Amir sins and immediately resorts to withholding the truth. By doing so, the sin takes the form of a giant. Amir becomes a young boy with a slingshot and a few stones as his only defense. He realizes that earning forgiveness and redemption is a challenge.…show more content…
He continues to withhold the truth, until he is faced with another opportunity to sling the rock. Frustrated with the abnormality of the silence, Amir invites Hassan to join him on the pomegranate tree hill. Once there, Amir converses with him, finally breaking the silence, until the giant comes into view. In determination to finish the giant, Amir picks a pomegranate off the ground and hurls it. “It struck him in the chest and exploded in a spray of red pulp. Hassan’s cry was pregnant with surprise and pain” (92). Amir threw the rock at the wrong person. He believed that he would feel redemption by hurting Hassan, but in reality he should have been throwing the pomegranates at himself. Amir resorts to yelling at Hassan. “ ‘You’re a coward!’ ” (92) Deep down, Amir knows that he, himself, is the true coward, but escaping the hole of silence he has dug himself into seems nearly impossible. Amir did not have time to prepare himself for the events that would come with the slingshot. Although he believes that the incident is entirely his fault, he forgets that society has simply molded him into young Pashtun boy who has been programmed to despise Hazaras like Hassan. When Assef speaks about Hassan while confronting Amir, he acts as if Hazaras are less than dirt. “ ‘How can you talk to him, play with him, let him touch you? . . . How can you call him your ‘friend’?’ ” (41) That is the mentality of most Afghans in society, so…show more content…
After the talk about sin, Baba becomes his giant, and Amir struggles with slinging the stone at him for fear of disappoint. He remains silent in hope that Baba will not discover the sin he has committed because silence was what won Baba’s approval in the first place. “A smile played on my father’s lips. He opened his arms. I put the kite down. . . buried my face in the warmth of his chest and . . . I forgot what I’d done. And that was good” (79). That was the first moment in his life that Amir ever felt his father’s acceptance, so he wanted to cherish and prolong that for as long as he could. The giant finally stood on the same side as him, but Amir still felt as if something were wrong. He wondered why he did not feel good about that moment. Since Amir is too cowardly,he ignores the feeling. For the remainder of Baba’s life, Amir withholds the truth about that day from Baba, not because he forgot about it, but because he finally has his father all to himself. Baba becomes proud of Amir’s accomplishments in America, and Amir decides to cherish that. Before he dies, Baba says, “ ‘There is no pain tonight’ ” (173). If Amir had told him the truth about the incident, Baba may not have been able to die peacefully. Although Amir withheld Baba’s right to the truth, he saved him some
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