In the novel, The Kite Runner, what about 'redemption' as a theme?

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In the novel, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, several themes can be justified.  I believe that you could justify the addition of redemption as a theme for this novel.  Since betrayal of his friend Hassan is a part of Amir's history, making amends or redemption is part of the new trip back to Afghanistan.   He wants to make amends for what happened to Hassan.   When back in Afghanistan, Amir discovers that he needs to save Hassan's son from the same terrible fate as his father.  When Amir first arrived, he was not really willing to sacrifice much for Hassan's son because of fear. In the end, Amir discovers that within himself he has the courage to stand up for Hassan's son even if the ethnic hatred in the country is still there.

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