What is Hosseini saying about the need for redemption throughout the novel?

"True redemption is seized when you accept the future consequences for your past mistakes." In the book "The Kite Runner," Hosseini put multiple reasons as to why most of the characters need redeeming. Hosseini developed the need for redemption by Amir knowing he did Hassan wrong the past years and going back to Afghanistan, Baba keeping secrets from his son Amir and His servant/ best friend Ali, and when Amir watched Hassan get raped.

Time and Time again, Hassan stood up for Amir and was there for him, but just when he needed Amir most Amir abandoned him. It was after Amir and Hassan won the kite tournament that Assef raped Hassan, and Amir just watched. "I ran because i was a coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me." (7. 140) Amir didn't want to stand up to Assef because he was afraid. His love for Hassan wasn't enough for him to intervene. Hassan never really forgave Amir for his actions that day, or lack of action, and that gives Amir a sense of obligation to go back and get his nephew from Afghanistan. "There is a way to be good again... with a little boy. An orphan. Hassan's son." (14. 192) Hassan's orphan son, Amir's nephew, is Amir's chance to redeem himself.

After sleeping with his servants wife, Baba attempts to redeem himself by giving Hassan gifts and paying to remove his harelip. Baba feels guilty for sleeping with his best friends wife, and it's something that plagues his mind. "I have summoned Dr. Kumar from New Delhi," Baba said, "Dr. Kumar is a plastic surgeon. (5. 45) He feels the only way to redeem himself is to give Hassan gifts, and which also shows Baba's love for Hassan. Baba also feels guilty for not telling Amir that Hassan is his brother. "Now fifteen years after i;d buried him, i was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the things he'd stolen had been sacred." (18. 225) This quote shows the extent that Amir is hurt by Baba's lie. This was the reason Baba was also kind and helped Amir to marry the woman he loves: because he knew he wasn't going to be with Amir anymore. We can't say whether Baba has been redeemed. However, we must acknowledge his efforts to right his wrongs.

Trying to forget will only lead you further away from redemption. Amir moved to America and thought that he could forget about what had happened in Afghanistan to Hassan. " A pair of steel hands closed around my windpipe at the sound of Hassan's name" (11. 134) By hearing his name the past is remembered and the guilty feeling is back. Amir does nothing to redeem his relationship with Hassan which does nothing tp his emotional state of feeling relieved. Amir is needing to free from bondage of a sin because it is causing him to lose sleep. "An hour later I still can't sleep." (8. 86) Amir thought he could run away from his problems by going to America, but everything caught up to him in the end.

Just like many characters in the novel who seek redemption, we should strive to redeem ourselves from any wrong doing through good deeds.


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