How can the themes of betrayal and salvation in The Kite Runner be linked to the situations that are taking place in our own society?
When I read this, I thought about how we basically created the Taliban. Now we are dealing with it. This book is about guilt and redemption. Are we redeeming ourselves by trying to go to war with Al Quaida? Will we ever win this war? Will what replaces them be just as bad?
If by "our" society, the reference is to Afghanistan, I think that there can be much in way of relevance. The theme of betrayal is evident in the novel with the ascent of Taliban power. Promising the people stability in a time of chaos and seeking to assist them in a time of need, the Taliban were very skilled in being able to fully appropriate the trust of the people in Afghanistan. Once they took power, the body politic was in no way ready for what they had given their consent. The Taliban's repression, brutality, and silencing of voices represents the theme of betrayal of the people of Afghanistan. To a large extent, the salvation lies in fully understanding that these particular individuals are slowly challenged by those who begin to recognize the Taliban for what they are. Amir is safely away in America, having absolutely no earthly reason to return to Afghanistan. Yet, he does. He confronts the terror of the Taliban in Assef and faces him down, causing extreme pain and discomfort. In the process, he ends up "becoming good again" by adopting Hassan's son and raising him as his own. This is where salvation lies, as Sohrab was a young victim of human trafficking in the Taliban regime and his rescue is a symbolic representation of the salvation that is present. In the end, it is this particular idea that can help to bring about some level of transformation from the betrayal caused by the Taliban.