How does journeying-both literally and metophorically-contribute to an important theme in the novel. Samuel rajan 3rd Period

Amir journeying both literally and metaphorically were important contributions to the theme. The Kiter Runner, a drama novel written by Khaled Housseini, focuses on Amir's search for redemption of his unatoned sins. Housseini used Amir's journey in maturity and to America as a way to help us further understand his quest for redemption. Join me as I further discuss this.

Amir had journeyed in a numerous ways in maturity, such as in his relationship with his father, Baba. As a child, Amir would dedicate much of his life in trying to make his father proud. He desperately wanted Baba's attention. However, Baba would neglect his son. This made Amir frustrated, knowing that his attempts were futile. Baba states, " A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up to anything."(Ch.3,pg.22). Baba is talking to Rahim Khan, one of his best friends and business partner, and clearly shows his disappointment in Amir. He thinks that Amir is missing something. Amir overhears this conversation and becomes distraught. Amir would often take his anger out on Hassan and would take advantage of Hassan being his servant. Baba states, "Haven't I taught you anything ?, he snapped."(Ch.10,pg.116) Baba is once again dissapointed in Amir, for not agreeing with Baba, when Baba stands up to a Russian soldier. When Assef has a duel with Amir, Amir did what his father would have wanted him to do. He gets up and fights back.

Amir had watched Hassan get raped. He made Hassan retrieve the Kite, in order to make his father proud. He needed that Kite, or else everything he did would be for nothing. When Amir searches for Hassan, he stumbles upon him getting raped by Assef. Amir states," He was just a Hazara, wasn't he?" (Ch.7,pg,77). Instead of stepping in and standing up for Hassan. Amir just stood there and watched the ordeal take place. He kept on thinking of reasons to justify his vile actions. After all, Hassan was just a mere Hazara. Why should he care? If he stepped in, Assef would have beaten them both to a bloody pulp. He let Hassan take the pain, so that his precious kite would be safe. It is this moment of cowardice that haunts him for the rest of his life. "What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace."(Ch.22,pg.289). Assef beats Amir down and gives him the suffering Amir had wanted. Amir had never gotten the punishment, he knew he had deserved, until now. He grew up, putting away his old selfish thoughts, and fought for Sohrab. Even though he lost the fight, Amir knows that he can finally be at peace.

In the Kite Runner, Amir had journeyed literally, from Afghanistan to America. When he and Baba were leaving Afghanistan, they were fleeing from the war. However, Amir had his own reasons to flee. He was also escaping the horrific memory of his failure and cowardice. " America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past. I could wade into this river, let my sins drown to the bottom..."(Ch.11,pg.136). Amir saw his new life in America as a clean slate. He sees it as a place where he can start over and forget the past. "There is a way to be good again."(Ch.1,pg.2). Rahim Khan has called Amir and told him that there is a way to be good again. Amir then journeys back to Afghanistan, in order to right his wrongs.

Notice the picture in the background. Its that of a man climbing a mountain. We all face a "mountain" in our lives, whether it may be a death of a loved one or an irritating bully. I'ts your choice to climb that mountain and take that first step of the journey or huddle in a corner and quit. You can only run for so long. Amir's sins had caught up to him. Death was knocking at his door, demanding that Amir would pay for crimes against Hassan. Sooner or later your "mountain" will demand that you make your choice. So tell me. What will you do?

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