The Kite Runner Essays

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"There is a way to be good again". By putting this quote at the very first beginning of the book, "The Kite Runner", Khaled Hosseini has introduced a theme that goes throughout the story of the book, redemption. Everything has a path that leads to the final destination, sometimes there are more than one path to go. It depends on people to choose which one that suitable for them. In the book, by telling the story, the author has shown a road to redemption. Baba, Sanaubar and Amir, different characters in the book represent different types of people in reality, stories of how they would do to redeem their mistakes. Redemption, the definition of this term is a controversial subject. Through the book, the author shows his side of …show more content…
Baba has taught to Amir that, "... there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft...." (17), which basically is that he was saying about himself, as a theft. " When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness" (18), and it is exactly what he had done in the past; cheating with Ali's wife and the result is Hassan. He had dishonored Ali by sleeping with his wife. He had stolen from Hassan rights to know the truth about his real father, and owed him a better life than a life as a servant's son. He put on the cover of a noble and honorable man; however, he was running away from the truth, he was afraid of the humiliation. Therefore, although people kept giving him compliments, Baba always feels guilty deep down inside of his heart. He has built orphanage, fed the poor on the streets, given money to friends in need, like a way to redeem his sin, more or less. As Rahim Khan had said, " And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good." (302). In addition, due to the conscience-stricken feeling that has always stayed in Baba's heart, he also has made a great distance between him and Amir, because he would see himself, his guilt in Amir, "the socially legitimate half" (301). The author purposely set up the development in relationship between Baba and Amir as the assuaged feeling of his own sin, how he

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