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Date QW Written: May 4, 2015
Throughout The Kite Runner, the story of Amir and Hassan encompasses the the complication of the idea of guilt and redemption. Within Amir’s childhood, we experience the most innocent for of guilt and redemption. Like Amir, we view guilt and redemption as black and white, guilt being the one to be avoided and redemption being the thing to be achieved if you failed to avoid guilt.
The plot of the entire story is centered around Amir’s guilt of being a bystander in Hassan’s rape. At that catalyst, the guilt of every wrong Amir had commited against Hassan plagues Amir in the persistence of the past. In Amir’s adulthood, we witness most of Amir’s guilt that’s nearly palpable to the readers.
For example, Amir constantly views himself as a wrong-doer in many situations. After learning about Hassan’s death, Amir had a nightmare in which Amir was the one who killed Hassan. Amir also spends many moments envying those who do not hold secrets like he does. Amir envied Saraya’s ability to tell the truth without consequence before their marriage. At these moments, we as readers feel the true burden of Amir’s guilt.
Through Amir’s story, the reader ultimately learns that redemption is fluid and comes in many forms, especially in the eyes of the guilty. Amir was forgiven for many of his wrongs, but he ultimately found redemption, only after his physical altercation with Assef at the climax of the story. Amir had stated, “I felt healed. Healed at last.” during the fight and we as readers feel his happiness of having burden lifted.
The steps Amir take after the fight are shows of the humanity in Amir and his ensuring of his redemption. Rahim Khan said it best when he said true redemption is when “guilt leads to good” (Hosseini 243). While the darkness of Amir’s guilt devoured much of his life, Amir’s ability to make good out of his nephew Sohrab’s life redeemed Amir for another generation to come.
In my eyes, Amir had earned his redemption.