I need help with a literary analysis paper on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.I am very unsure of how to begin this essay. We have to write about Redemption. If anyone has any tips/help on...

I need help with a literary analysis paper on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

I am very unsure of how to begin this essay. We have to write about Redemption. If anyone has any tips/help on getting me started on this essay, it would be greatly appreciated!! :)

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The Kite Runner invites a great deal of literary analysis over numerous aspects of the novel. Redemption is one of the novel's major themes, developed through the character of Amir. To begin, consider the meaning of "redemption." To be redeemed, one must first commit a sin or a terrible deed for which he needs forgiveness; he must regret what he has done and take action to express his regret.

As a child, Amir certainly committed numerous acts which he later comes to regret, bitterly. The actions he regrets the most relate to his friendship with Hassan, and two of them were terrible betrayals of his friend: He did not defend Hassan when he was attacked by the bullies, and he lied about Hassan's stealing from him, which led to Hassan's losing the only home he had ever known.

To begin planning your essay, think of the changes Amir undergoes, from the time he is a child until the conclusion of the novel.

Ask yourself these questions and look into the novel for answers:

1. What kind of boy is Amir growing up in his father's house in Afghanistan?

2. What are his deepest feelings?

3. How does he treat Hassan, his best friend?

4. What does Amir do as a child that he regrets so much later in his life? Why did he betray Hassan so terribly, twice?

5. As an adult, how does he feel about his childhood actions involving Hassan?

6. Why does Amir return to a very dangerous Afghanistan?

7. What happens to him there? What does he choose to do?

8. How do the events in Afghanistan change him?

9. How does he feel about himself at the end of the novel?

Exploring these questions will create content for your essay. In terms of organizing it, your discussion could easily fall into three sections:

I. Amir's actions as a child in relation to Hassan and what motivated them.

II. What Amir does to redeem himself and end his guilt and shame.

III. How Amir is different at the conclusion of the novel.

The eNotes links below will provide you with much helpful information. Good luck as you write your essay!

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