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The Kite Runner: Redemption

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Emily Lawrason

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Transcript of The Kite Runner: Redemption

There are several ways to redeem one's self. The dictionary classifies redemption as:

- to free from what distresses or harms

- to get or win back

- to free from the consequences of sin

- to change for the better

- to atone for/offset a negative effect
What is Redemption?
Quote #2
"Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan's son. He's my nephew. That's what you tell people when they ask... And one more thing, General Sahib, you will never again refer to him as 'Hazara boy' in my presence. He has a name and it's Sohrab"

This quote shows Amir standing up for Sohrab, once again trying to redeem himself to Hassan and his family by finally doing the right thing by them. Amir feels as though by doing this he is proving that he was faithful to Hassan all along and is removing his guilt.
Quote #3
"I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I'd bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son is worthy. Then maybe my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over." (60)

In this quote Amir says that since he won the kite tournament, the only thing that he needs to show his dad is the final kite. Amir thinks that his dad does not love him and unless he wins the kite tournament and brings home the last kite, his dad will continue to not pay attention to him.
Quote #1
"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 nook in the corner of my mind, I had been looking forward to this." (pg 303)

This quote shows how Amir feels at peace after Assef almost kills him. He feels as though taking the beating from Assef is him finally showing that he would do anything for Hassan. He is, in a way, finally redeeming himself for his wrong doing and he is standing up for not only Hassan but his son as well.
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The Kite Runner: Redemption
Quote #4
"Because the truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? after all I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn't I? The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out more like him. But I hadn't turned out like him. Not at all." (20)

In this quote Amir is blaming himself for the death of his mother because she died giving birth to him, and he thinks that it was his fault. Amir also thinks that Baba blames his for murdering his wife, and Amir thinks that he needs to redeem himself by being the perfect son for his father.
Quote #5
Quote #6
"My suspicions had been right all those years. He knew about Assef, the kite, the money, the watch with the lightning bolt hands. He had always known. Come. There is a way to be good again, Rahim Khan had said on phone just before hanging up" (202)

In this quote Amir has confirmed that Rahim Khan is aware of all he has done. It shows that Amir wants to redeem himself of all that he has done.
Symbol #1: The Blue Kite
Symbol #2: Pomegranate Tree
The pomegranate tree is originally a symbol of Amir and Hassan's friendship, but after Hassan's rape it takes on a new meaning. Amir feels extremely guilty for letting Hassan be assaulted in order to find acceptance from his father, and looks for redemption through physical pain. The pomegranate tree serves as a symbol for Amir's sin and redemption soon after the incident. He asks Hassan to hit him with a pomegranate, so that he can lessen his guilt and compensate for the pain he imposed. Instead, Hassan refuses to do this however, leaving Amir just as burdened.
Symbol #3: Harelip Scar
Hassan is born with a cleft-lip, which Baba pays to fix as a birthday gift. The surgery leaves a noticeable scar, and a bond between Baba and Hassan that Amir is envious of. Later in the novel, Hassan is left with a similar scar after fightin Assef in order to save Sohrab. This journey is Amir's ultimate effort in finding redmeption for betraying Hassan as a boy, and finally feels relieved after fighting Assef. The scar symbolizes Amir's quest for redemption as well as his equivalence with Hassan. Amir's guilt is put at rest and he has finally found a way of "becoming good again".
One of the first conflicts introduced is Amir's guilt for supposedly killing his mother. He feels he can only make it up to Baba by winning the kite tournament, showing that the blue losing kite is a symbol of his search for redemption. Amir's commitment to finding acceptance from his father is apparent, especially to Hassan. Knowing how important the blue kite is to Amir, Hassan chooses to face the consequences of keeping the kite, instead of leaving safely without it.

"Sometimes, I think everything he did, feeding the poor on the streets, building the orphanage, giving money to friends in need, it was all his way of redeeming himself. And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good" (316)

This quote shows Rahim Kahn's letter to Amir where he tries to teach him about redemption using his father as an example. This helps Amir understand how to redeem himself of all his mistakes.
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