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In The Kite Runner, how does Amir seek redemption by returning to Afghanistan?

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Posted May 9, 2012 at 5:39 AM via web

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In The Kite Runner, how does Amir seek redemption by returning to Afghanistan?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Amir's return to Afghanistan comes from his realization that Hassan was more than a childhood friend he betrayed, but his half-brother. At the behest of a family friend, he resolves to find and save Hassan's own son, who is stuck in an orphanage. By helping Hassan's son, Amir hopes to remove some of his own guilt at first not helping him and then framing him for theft, causing the shaming of Hassan's father and deep grief of Amir's own father.

...my entire life, long before the winter of 1975, dating back to when that singing Hazara woman was still nursing me, had been a cycle of lies, betrayals, and secrets.

There is a way to be good again, he’d said.

A way to end the cycle.

With a little boy. An orphan. Hassan’s son. Somewhere in Kabul.
(Hosseini, The Kite Runner, Google Books)

If Amir can save Hassan's son, although he can never apologize to Hassan, Hassan's father, or his own father, he can begin to do something worthwile and make up for the pain and suffering he caused. Amir sees Hassan's son as the symbol of everything he did wrong, and desires to do something right. It won't make everything better, but it will help his own shame and guilt, and it will save a young boy who may live and die in endless suffering.

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