How does the protagonist in The Kite Runner resolve the central conflict?

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Amir's main conflict is the need to redeem himself for his betrayal of Hassan and his strong desire for Baba's approval.  Of course, the two parts of this conflict are intertwined, for Amir betrays Hassan in order to obtain the kite which will please his father.  Amir does not find the redemption that he searches for throughout most of the novel until the end.  His redemption is twofold.  First, when Amir agrees to go to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab and ultimately faces Assef, he partly redeems himself for not standing up to Assef years earlier.  Secondly, when Amir decides to bring Sohrab back to the States and raise him as his own, he not only redeems himself for sacrificing Hassan when they were boys, but he also does something that his father would have strongly approved of.

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