The Kite Runner
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime...” –Amir (pg.20). The book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is about the lives op the people living in Afghanistan, most importantly the lives of Amir, Hassan, Baba, Ali, and Sohrab. The story is based off a big event that happens early in the book that changes everybody’s life. The quote above represents how fast your life can change, or how something can happen to change your life in an instant and many events throughout this book connect back to this quote. I have had personal experience with that, and can really relate to the unfairness and indescribable feelings you have. This story has many themes and symbols, but the main issue seems to be about searching for redemption. The author sends the message throughout the book that although you have sinned, feel like you’re responsible for something or cant even stand up for yourself, there is always a way to make it right and redeem yourself. You see the characters start to develop and change throughout the story.
One of the first connections of the book to the theme of redemption is in the beginning of the novel. A young boy named Amir and his father Baba are wealthy. They have a servant named Ali and his son Hassan. Amir and his father Afghan, but the servants are Hazaras, and the Hazaras are looked down upon. In the beginning of the book you see that at first, Amir didn’t see Hassan as a friend because Amir never stood up for him. One of Baba’s main fears is for Amir not being able to stick up for himself. If Amir stand’s up for himself, that would be a way to redeem himself to his father. Later we learn that Amir’s mother died giving birth to him. Now, older, Amir feel’s like his father blames him and he feels responsible for causing his mother death. Amir’s search for redemption is the heart of the whole book. A way Amir thinks he can...