Assess if Khalid Hossieni ever allows Amir to escape from his internal conflict because he doesn't deserve to be free from it.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's fairly condemning to argue that Amir does not deserve to be free from the sins of his past.  I am not sure Hosseini is willing or ready to move to this point.  Certainly, Hosseini constructs Amir as a character that has to attone for his actions.  It is for this reason that the book opens with the idea of "being good again" in the phone call that sets everything in motion in the exposition of the novel.  Hosseini makes it clear that Amir must seek redemption in his own actions and in how he carries himself.  Yet, he does not do this in a manner that makes it painfully evident that Amir will be devoid of the chance of redemption.  The concept of "escape" might be too much as Amir has to go back to Afghanistan and confront the truth about his own identity and his own actions.  Yet, Amir does escape from the guilt and pain he endured in not taking action for Hassan at the most critical of moments.  Amir's saving and adoption of Sohrab as well as his acceptance of his own failure does allow him to escape from the self- hate that might have festered and defined his being.  In this one sees that Hosseini does enable Amir to find some hope, some semblance of redemption in a pain- filled existence and condition where few others find the chance to "become good again."

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