What is the main message of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?

The possibility of redemption is the main message of The Kite Runner.

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The Kite Runner 's main message is that redemption from past mistakes is possible. Redemption is ultimately the heart of the entire story. The main character Amir is an individual haunted by guilt from his earliest days. He feels responsible for the death of his mother, who passed away while...

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The Kite Runner's main message is that redemption from past mistakes is possible. Redemption is ultimately the heart of the entire story. The main character Amir is an individual haunted by guilt from his earliest days. He feels responsible for the death of his mother, who passed away while giving birth to him. He later witnesses the rape of his best friend and half-brother Hassan, then pretends he never saw it. Uncomfortable in Hassan's presence, he has him framed for theft in order to have him banished from his household. Amir's problem in these early parts of the novel is his inability to stand up for himself or other people. It protects him only in the short-term and alienates him from others.

In the end, Amir's moral redemption comes from standing up for Hassan's young son, Sohrab. Sohrab has been orphaned by the Taliban and repeatedly sexually abused. He becomes a symbolic double of the young, abused Hassan and allows Amir a second chance to do what is right. Amir risks everything to rescue the young boy and adopt him into his own family. This allows him to atone for his past and build a brighter future for the mutual benefit of himself and Sohrab.

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