How does Amir gain redemption in The Kite Runner?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Amir's redemption process possess several steps.

1. Shortly after Amir's betrayal of Hassan in Chapter 7, he frames Hassan as a thief so that Baba will fire Ali and force Ali and Hassan to leave. Amir chooses the sin of theft because he knows that Baba considers it the only sin; thus, he hides his new birthday watch and some money in Hassan's hut.  His plan does not work quite the way he wants it to.  Baba forgives Hassan and Ali, but they choose to leave willingly, making Amir feel even worse about what he has done. Years later on his way back to Kabul, Amir stays with Farid's brother and his family.  Recognizing their hunger and need, Amir leaves behind money and his watch with Farid's family as a form of redemption for what he had done to Hassan.

2. Amir's most significant step in his redemption is first believing that he can redeem himself for what he did to Hassan and then traveling to Afghanistan to get Sohrab. At that point, he does not know that he will face Assef again, but when he does confront the bully and "fight" him for Sohrab, he is doing what he should have done years earlier for Hassan.  This time he does not hide or back down.

3. Finally, at the novel's end, Amir runs the kite for Sohrab.  He puts himself in the "servant's" position instead of lording his Pashtun, wealthy status over a Hazara. He takes the opportunity to do all that he can for Sohrab since he cannot do so for Hassan.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After Amir witnesses Hassan being raped by Assef and does not intervene, he becomes overwhelmed with guilt and eventually succeeds at distancing himself from his best friend. Amir ends up blaming Hassan for stealing some gifts, and Ali and Hassan move out of Baba's home. Amir then moves to America with Baba and begins a new life. Despite the new atmosphere and passage of time, Amir is still filled with a sense of guilt as an adult.

Decades later, Amir receives a phone call from Rahim Khan saying, "There is a way to be good again" (Hosseini, 2). Amir then visits Rahim Khan in Pakistan, where he learns that Hassan was killed by the Taliban and has a son named Sohrab living in an orphanage in the dangerous city of Kabul. After learning that Hassan was his half-brother, Amir decides to travel into Taliban-occupied Afghanistan to rescue Sohrab. Amir ends up saving Sohrab from a desperate situation and is forced to fight Assef in a brutal fight. Amir narrowly escapes with his life, thanks to Sohrab's help. Amir atones for his past sins by risking his life to save Sohrab. Amir also finds redemption by adopting Sohrab and giving him a new life in America.

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