The Kite Runner: Major Theme Redemption is the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. While reading The Kite Runner, one of the most prevalent themes I noted was redemption. The plot of the novel was based upon Amir's journey to seek redemption for the wrongs he committed as a child in Kabul.
Amir had betrayed Hassan by idly watching him get raped. He then spent the remainder of the novel trying to redeem himself in various ways. Amir had struggled with his guilt, which was only made worse on the basis that he was never penalized for his actions. He had even gone searching for some form of punishment by trying to provoke Hassan to hit him with pomegranates. As Amir was throwing pomegranates at Hassan, he said, "Get up! Hit me!"(98). Doing so, there would at least be some justice for the way he treated Hassan.
Nonetheless, Hassan refused and then smashed a pomegranate into his own forehead saying, "Are you satisfied? Do you feel better?"(98). This indicates Hassan's eternal devotion towards Amir, considering that even after Amir's dreadful actions, Hassan refused to hit him. Thus, unable to attain his redemption, Amir only felt greater guilt.
Amir was finally able to compensate for his actions when he found Sohrab, Hassan's son. “My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed"(298). This quotation occurs during Amir’s meeting with Assef, as he tries to retrieve Sohrab. Assef beats Amir with