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The Kite Runner Essay

  • Submitted by: adiallen38
  • on March 21, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 561 words

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Hosseini shows his readers that Amir has to make amends for his past before he can go on to live an untroubled life.   ’

Khaled Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, is narrated from the protagonist, Amir’s perspective.   He is used to show the devasting effects that betrayal and guilt can have on a person.   Hosseini suggests that Amir can achieve redemption through making amends.   This is achieved by doing good deeds which can counteract the wrongdoings he has done in the past.   It is only once Amir has proved to himself and others that he really is a man who has confronted his past that he can go on to live an untroubled life.   One might argue that attaining and untroubled life is in fact impossible, as humans are constantly plagued by troubles and concerns.   However, in the context of the novel, it means to live a guilt free life, a life with a clean conscience.   The structure of the novel leads the reader to the conclusion that redemption is the key to forgiveness.   Amir is initially portrayed as a flawed character who is fuelled by jealousy and self-interest which leads him to the worst act of betrayal against his friend Hassan.   As an adult Amir begins to grow and mature but he is never quite content with his new life in America; it is only once he receives the phone call from Rahim Khan that ‘the past claws its way out’ and he rediscovers his homeland and the demons within it.   By the end of the novel, Amir runs a kite symbolising that he can now live an untroubled life.  

Amir has a privileged upbringing.   His father, Baba, is rich “Everyone agreed that my father, my Baba, had built the most beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, a new and affluent neighbourhood in the northern part of Kabul" and as a result, Amir grows up accustomed to having what he wants.   The only thing he feels deprived of is a deep emotional connection with Baba, which he blames on himself.   He thinks Baba wishes Amir were more like him, and that Baba holds him...

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