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Date QW Written: May 7, 2015
Redemption is fluid. Each person perceives redemption differently and the most varied perceptions lie in the views of the guilty searching for redemption. While McCullers is clever in her quite profound statement, I do not believe humiliation immediately redeems someone from sinning. However, I do believe McCullers has the right idea.
While we believe guilt stems from commiting a sin, it actually stems from self-hatred for committing such a sin and the incapability to live with the sin. People find redemption in either overcompensating in good actions or harming themselves to the equal value of their committed sin. Therefore, humiliation can be a form of redemption for those who believe being judged by others to be equal to the type of sin he/she committed.
In the case of Amir, Amir spent much of his life running away from his past overtaking by his one, true sin. As readers, we feel contempt for his actions but are surprised when Amir shows us how out of sight does not mean out of mind. Amir is burdened with guilt and most of his guilt is self-created. Especially in his return to Afghanistan, we realize the extent of how much Amir’s past haunts him through his many nightmares and small actions to redeem himself, such as placing money under the mat of Farid’s children in a manner he had done before but with different intent.
Even for readers who feel their was no redemption for Amir, Amir brings good out of his guilt by saving Hassan’s son, Sohrab and this meets Rahim Khan’s definition of redemption. In the end, Hassan himself never blamed Amir and Amir had self-imposed his own guilt enough. When the victim of the sin and the perpetrator of the sin have forgiven the action of the sin, we outsiders have no right to say the perpetrator had not redeemed himself.
Therefore, Amir had achieved redemption at last.