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In The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hoseini, (Riverhead Press, New York, 2003) the main character Amir moves to America from Afghanistan in search to forget his past. He goes on a journey of redemption in which gives him a chance â€œto be good againâ€. Through Amirâ€™s journey he has to recognize his sin and then he has to search for redemption in order â€œto be good againâ€.
Amir, who lived in Afghanistan with his father Baba and two servants Ali and Aliâ€™s son Hassan, grows up playing with Hassan and doing everything with him but struggles calling him a friend. Hassan was a Hazara and Amir a Pashtun which in history Hazaraâ€™s and Pashtunâ€™s did not get along. â€œThe curious thing was, I never thought of Hassan and me as friends either. Not in the usual sense, anyhowâ€¦we taught each other to ride a bicycle with no handsâ€¦Because historyâ€¦ I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazaraâ€¦ and nothing was ever going to change thatâ€ (22). As Amir struggles to really truly call Hassan a friend he is face with problems. Amir has a problem being able to stand up for him self and others. Amir would run into his first test of courage or cowardice. and â€œAssef was the son of one of my fatherâ€™s friendsâ€¦ you knew about Assef and his famous stainless-steel brass knuckles, hopefully not through personal experienceâ€¦ His word was lawâ€¦â€ (38). Amir and Hassan would run into Assef. Assef threw insults at Hassan and Hassan just stood there and did not say anything. â€œAfghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose hereâ€ (40). Assef put on his brass knuckles and was going to give Amir a beating but Hassan was not a coward and stood up to Assef. â€œI turned and came face to face with Hassanâ€™s slingshotâ€¦ â€˜Please leave us alone, Agha,â€™â€¦ He searched Hassanâ€™s face intentlyâ€¦This isnâ€™t the end for you either, Amir. Someday, Iâ€™ll make you face me one on oneâ€ (43). Amir was not able to stand up to Assef and showed his cowardice. Amir would get one more chance to stand up for Hassan. In the winter of 1975 during the biggest kite tournament in twenty-five years, Amir had a chance for redemption. It came down to the end of the tournament and when it was finally over Amir has won the tournament. As the last kite fell from the air Hassan took off chasing it. â€œHassan! I called. Come back with itâ€ (67)! Amir goes to look for Hassan â€œI found no sign of Hassanâ€ (69) as he searches for him he finally finds Hassan â€œHassan was standing at the blind end of the alley in a defiant stanceâ€¦Blocking Hassanâ€™s way out of the alley were three boysâ€¦ in the middle Assefâ€¦â€(71). Assef had his brass knuckles and was throwing insults at Hassan. Assef continue to insult Hassan and wanted the kite. Hassan stands strong and will not give the kite up. â€œAmir agha won the tournament and I ran this kite for him. I ran it fairly. This is his Kiteâ€ (72). Hassan then picks up a rock and get ready to fling it at Assef as Amir stands there and has the chance to step in a save Hassan â€œI opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had. But I didnâ€™t. I just watched. Paralyzedâ€ (73). Hassan then fling the rock and hits Assef and that day would leave Amir looking for redemption. Amir watches Hassan get raped by Assef. Amir not knowing what to do end up running from his problems which he ends up moving to America to try to forget about his past.
In America, as Amir settles into his new life he never forgets what happen in the winter of 1975. Amir moves on with his life graduates from high school and then gets married. He still was searching for redemption and everything that he did nothing had made him forget the past. Until he realizes that he had to go back to Afghanistan and face his problems. â€œI have to go to Pakistanâ€ (191). Amir goes back to Afghanistan in search of redemption and finds out from an old friend Rahim Khan that Hassan has been killed and needs to rescue Hassanâ€™s son. Amir struggles with the idea of going into a dangerous place in search for Hassanâ€™s son Sohrab. Amir still did not know how to deal with his problems instead of facing them one on one he ran from them. â€œWhat did they do with Sohrab? ... I heard heâ€™s in an orphanageâ€¦â€ (220). Sohrab needed Amirs help but Amir could not get the courage. â€œWhy me? Why canâ€™t you pay someone here to go? Iâ€™ll pay for it if itâ€™s a matter of moneyâ€ (221). Here Amir is given the chance again to gain courage but he has not been able to learn from his experiences. â€œâ€¦ one time, when you werenâ€™t around, your father and I were talking â€¦ I remember he saidâ€¦ a boy who wonâ€™t stand up for himself becomes a man who canâ€™t stand up to anything. I wonder is that what youâ€™ve becomeâ€ (221)? Amir thought about it and still did not have the courage. â€œMaybe Babe was rightâ€ (221). All Amir thought about was what he had in America and he did not want to risk all of that to save Sohrab. Amir finally realizes and had the courage that this is what he needs to do to gain redemption. Amir now gets the opportunity to face his problem one on one and it came when he went to save Sohrab from the Taliban. He would be face to deal with Assef in order to save Sohrab. Amir took a beating from Assef but as he was getting beat up Amir finally came to peace. â€œI remember this: His brass knucklesâ€¦ how cold they felt with the first few blowsâ€¦ I donâ€™t know at what point I started laughing, but I did. It hurt to laughâ€¦ What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peaceâ€ (289). Amir finally was able to stand up for himself and took it like a man. Now that Amir had earned his redemption he now how courage and learned how to deal with his problems.
Through Amirâ€™s journey of redemption you learn that in order to deal with your problems you need not run from them but face them one on one. Amir as he grew up was stuck with his problem that no matter how far he ran from it he would never be able to escape it until he was able to go back to the root of it. Amir was able to find a way â€œto be good againâ€.
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