Redemption In The Kite Runner

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The effects of redemption are always deeply felt, this is evident in a number of ways when we examined ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Les Miserable’. Throughout each text the quest for redemption is shown through the main protagonists Amir and Jean Valjean. In their venture towards redemption both characters needed to learn to know how to face the problems they faced to reach their goals of complete redemption. The characters show similarities as the both try to run away from their pasts and are unsuccessful with it when they realise the only way to get away from it is to face it with full force. Amir needs to redeem himself from his childhood memories and Jean Valjean needs to open up and be honest about his past.

Throughout ‘The Kite Runner’ redemption is clearly seen, Amir goes through immense hardships changing his identity numerous times to adapt and ultimately gain redemption for their past. “Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win back Baba.” In this example the metaphorical use of “the lamb I had to slay” refers to a celebration where a man has to ritually sacrifice a lamb. The use if rhyme is also used with “pay” and “slay” this draws
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Amir has to change his identity to atone for his sins of his past. “I wish he gave me the punishment I craved… Hassan was smeared in red like he had been shot by a firing squad.” The use of the simile and repetition of ‘I wished’ creates an image of Hassan’s pomegranate smeared shirt to one, which is stained with blood due to being shot by the firing squad. This example shows another change in Amir’s identity, as he now would do anything for redemption. Amir resorted to attacking Hassan with fruit to give him the incentive to bring justice and give Amir what he deserves. This change in identity shows that Amir realizes that to redeem himself he needs to offer justice to Hassan as that was the only way he could redeem