How does Soraya find redemption for her sin in The Kite Runner?  

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It's important to understand that Soraya's sin is very much a question of the point of view. For one, the reader could be unsure of what exactly her sin is. It could be either the fact that she ran off with a man when she was young and they didn't marry. That kind of a life isn't considered acceptable for an Afghan woman, as her father kept reminding her. Or it could be that Soraya's actions caused her mother to have a stroke, since she didn't think her behavior to be appropriate either.

The issue of a sin is difficult, therefore. Soraya herself feels guilty only for the part she played in her mother's stroke, although she does also understand that she can't be responsible for someone else's mental state. It's not up to a person to act according to everyone else's moral standards to preserve their health, but since it was her mother, Soraya naturally has regrets. Concerning the rest, she doesn't agree, given that she vehemently disapproves of the way women are treated in her society. In...

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