Does Amir redeem himself at the end of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?

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I would say that he did. There are several major factors to consider with his redemption, not the least of which was going to find Hassan and ask for his forgiveness near the climax of the novel. This act alone would have reconciled himself to his friend and helped ease his guilt, and attempting to do so, in spite of learning of his friend’s death, helped that guilt. Additionally, however, he saved Hassan’s son from Assef. By preventing the destruction of another young boy’s life and striking back at the villain from their childhood, Amir stepped up to cast out his boyhood demons.

In addition to all of that, the story comes full circle with Amir running a kite for Sohrab, Hassan’s son. This is a reversal of how Amir was treated by Hassan, with Amir now playing the kindhearted servant role, showing devotion and care for the boy.

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Yes, Amir redeems himself by the end of the novel. Throughout the story, Amir harbors deep feelings of guilt for not intervening when Hassan was raped by...

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