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Kyler Kleibrink

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of Redemption

By Kyler The Kite Runner Graphic Essay “I think that everything he did, feeding the poor, giving money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself. And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.”
-Rahim Khan tells Amir his definition of redemption.
-This quote highlights that Amir's father was seeking redemption as well.
-Shows that people learn and grow from their mistakes.

"Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress."
- Earlier in the book Amir planted money on his friend to try and get him kicked out of the house.
- Amir did a good deed similar to an old sin that helped a poor family eat for the next few weeks.
-Redeemed some of his guilt. "It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn't make everything all right. It didn't make anything all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird's flight. But I'll take it. With open arms. Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting."
-A smile from Amir's nephew makes him feel like he is finally redeeming himself in a small way.
-He thinks this is the start to a long path of atonement
-Amir's goodwill toward the boy is a way for Amir to finally do the right thing
Guilt is a stain on the carpet of a beautiful home. The home can be the most extravagant place but the one stain hinders the image of the entire place. The owner of the home keeps ignoring the stain but if the home owner just hired a carpet cleaner the home could be perfect. Most people in their lifetime at some point acquire guilt and live with it without ever resolving it. In order to get rid of the stain on the carpet it is necessary to seek redemption. Redemption is when one feels they have paid for their wrongdoings and has reached atonement. In the book "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini the main character, Amir, witnesses his best friend getting raped without intervening in order to gain respect from his father. He feels deep guilt and tries to put it behind him. Despite his family, job and new life in America he can not forget about his guilt. Eventually he travels back home to Afghanistan and seeks redemption. Through Amir's journey it is clear that when one's actions result in guilt the best way to resolve the guilt is to confront one's sins in order to achieve redemption. When one "sins", their seeking of redemption can drive them to positively impact others around them. When Amir travels back to Kabul to find his half nephew and save him from being an orphan he is risking his life for redemption.
-By ruining his friends life by letting him get raped he is seeking to give his half nephew a life.
-The fact that he is risking his life for redemption highlights the lengths people will go to to relieve themselves of guilt.
- If he did not have this guilt and the drive for redemption his half nephew probably would have been killed in the bad conditions of Kabul. In order for redemption to be achieved, one must commit to actions that will slowly result in a feeling of righteousness. It is better to confront immoral actions of the past rather than ignore them because they will always weigh on the human conscience. "I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. 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."
-Shows how Amir's past has haunted him and has come back even though he has tried to forget it.
-One can not simply forget they must redeem them self.
“My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.”
- Shows how Amir is facing his sins and by feeling pain he feels he is getting what he deserves.
-Even twenty six years later he still longs for a beating to pay for what he has done to his best friend. As a parent, just when you think you are free to sit and relax your child comes tugging on your shirt for any reason. This is the same as guilt. There is no escaping it until redemption has been achieved. Amir had gone looking for punishment in the past, like when he tried to get Hassan to hit him by throwing pomegranates at him, because he felt then there would at least be some justice for the way he treated Hassan. But Amir’s guilt lingered until his confrontation with Assef, which despite the physical pain, made him feel healed on the inside. *Amir's guilt can often be seen on the surface but the major issue inside him is so much more. Just like how only 1 percent of an iceberg is visible above water. Also the guilt is an iceberg that floats for years in open water and takes a long time to melt. When Amir tells his wife about his immoral actions he is relieving his conscience of the guilt that has bestowed it for years.
-Turning point of holding his guilt in versus achieving redemption
-Now that he has told someone he is more accountable to make things better The best way to resolve guilt and achieve redemption is to confront immoral actions that created the guilt. Guilt will never leave the conscience and the only way to get rid of it is to attempt to balance out bad actions with good. In the book "The Kite Runner" the main character Amir had a long road to redemption. He tried to put his past behind him but in the end he learned that it just was not possible. He did the right thing to go back to Afghanistan and rescue his half nephew in order to atone for his sins. His path to redemption made him a more righteous person than he would have been if a life changing, guilt inducing moment would not have happened. The trick to guilt is to take action towards redemption, its just like a stain in a home, it can be cleaned, it just takes some work. In relationships redemption is key. When someone does something wrong in a relationship, their ability to redeem themselves is vital to keeping the relationship alive. This photo is one of the many things that a partner may do to redeem themselves. If the partner didn't do something wrong in the first place the act of being a "superpartner" would have never happened, thus redemption can be a good thing for other people. Most heroes are an extreme form of redemption. They usually have a big moment in their life that drives them to make the world a better place in order to redeem themselves. For example, spiderman feels he is at fault for his uncle Ben's death because he could have stopped the murderer. Just like confronting guilt, cleaning a messy room can be a daunting task, but if one just cleans a little bit at a time and learns to be a cleaner person the problem will not happen again.
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