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Redemption a Way to Be Good Again

“The Kite Runner” is one of the most successful and popular works written by Khaled Hosseini. In spite of the fact that author depicts a very specific story, which basically takes place in Afghanistan, he still manages to raise problems and themes, which may be perceived as universal. In this respect, it is important to underline that, throughout his novel, Khaled Hosseini appeals to basic human values which seem to be forgotten in the modern world. In fact, it seems as if the modern world has transformed into a kingdom of evil where there is no room for good, but, the author has shown that redemption can return the good to people and change their life for better. In such a context, the evolution of the main character, Amir and his entire life story proves that he can be a really good person due to redemption.
At first glance, the entire book is quite a sad story of a war-stricken country and people who have either flee from their native country as Amir and his family do, or remain in the country and suffer from oppression of the new regime, as Hassan does. In such a way, two bosom friends are separated forever, but, in actuality, they were separated before the departure of the Amir’s family. At the beginning of the book, the friendship of Amir and Hassan seemed to be indestructible. In fact, it was more than a friendship since “there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from the same breasts, a kinship that not even time could break. Hassan and I [Amir] had fed from the same breasts” (Hosseini, 21). In such a way, Amir perceived his relationship with Hassan as a kind of brotherhood, especially when Hassan saved Amir from been beaten by Assef, a villain of the novel.
However, a tragic event changes the life of Amir and Hassan dramatically and Amir cannot carry on their friendly relationship to the extent that it is Amir who actually makes Hassan and his family to leave the house of Baba, Amir’s father, where the father of Hassan worked as a servant. The tragedy has struck when Amir won the competition in kite running. Hassan was supposed to bring the kite, the trophy, to Amir but he ran into Assef and his friends, who abuse and rape him (Hoseini, 59). At this point, it is important to underline that Amir witnessed the rape and Hassan knew about, but Amir had done nothing to help Hassan, even though he perfectly remembered that Hassan saved Amir in the similar situation. This event became the major cause of the break which put the end to the friendship of Amir and Hassan. Amir could not afford feeling his guilt every time he saw Hassan. This is why he frames Hassan as a thief and forces him to leave their house. In such a way, Amir attempts to get rid of the person who reminds him about his guilt. This means that Amir suffers from remorse and through distancing from Hassam he attempts to solve his psychological problems (Eakin, 132).
Nevertheless, even when Amir and his family moved to the US, he cannot forget about the tragedy he witness and, what is more, he can neither forget nor forgive his own cowardice since he could save his friend, or at least, he could make an attempt, but he failed. Many years after this tragedy, Amir still is willing to change the past. This is why, when Rahim Khan asks Amir to come to Pakistan and tells him “there is a way to be good again” (Hosseini, 164), Amir readily goes to Pakistan. In fact, he gets a chance for the redemption. Amir, being a child, has failed to save Hassan, but, being an adult, he can save the life of Hassan’s child, his son, Sohrab.
In such a way, the author creates a kind of parallel stories when the main character comes over similar situations twice and he has a choice how to act. In fact, the story of Sohrab mirrors the story of his father. Amir learns that Assef assaults the boy, who confesses, “I’m so dirty and full of sin. The bad man and the other two did things to me.” (Hossini, 208). In such a way, the story is repeating but this time Amir is ready to act and he saves the life of the boy. He is not a coward any more. In contrast, he is a hero, who is worth rescuing by Hassan, who is actually Amir’s half-brother. As Amir rescues the boy, he “pays back” his debt to Hassan and he proves that he is a good person.
Obviously, Sohrab’s tragedy gives Amir another chance to become a good person, which he used to be before the tragedy that occurred to Hassan in his childhood. It is important to underline that Amir faces a consistently larger threat to his life as he rescues Sohrab than he would have faced if he had attempted to help Hassan in his childhood. In such a way, the author shows that a person can change himself and the redemption can make a person good again. At the same time, it is impossible to judge about a person on the basis of only one fact from his past, but it is necessary to view him as a person, who is able to heroic deeds as well as he may be frightened. Amir shows that a person is changing and one evil act, or, to put it more precisely, the lack of any actions to help a friend, does not make a person evil (Friske, 328). In contrast, a person still can make a lot of good deeds and help many people. In other words, he can be good again but what he needs is just a chance to get redemption.
Thus, Khaled Hosseini depicts the character who passes a long way from the contempt through redemption to goodness.

Works cited:
Eakin, Paul John. How Our Lives Become Stories: Making Selves. London: Cornell UP, 1999.
Fiske, John. “Popular Culture.” In Critical Terms for Literary Study. Ed. Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Random House, 2003.

 

 
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