Amir’s Road to Redemption Essay
Everybody must face their own battles and regrets. These regrets may haunt theperson all their life. However, there are ways for one to redeem oneself in order to no longer feel regret. This relates to the book The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini. The main character Amir is set on his path to redeem his honour and pride. On this path Amir gets beat up to redeem his faults toward his brother, Hassan. Amir finally redeems himself once he gets his depressed nephew, Sohrab, to smile. Amir has truly redeemed his honour and pride on his path to redemption, sacrifices himself by getting beat up, and making Sohrab smile.
Amir has been set on his journey by Rahim Khan, his father’s best friend, to redeem his honour and pride. The way to regain his pride he must redeem himself for abandoning Hassan leaving him to get raped. The way to retain his honour is to get Hassan’s son, Sohrab to safety. Amir realises he must go on this journey: Made me see how my entire life, long before the winter of 1975, dating back to that singing Hazara woman was still nursing me, had been a cycle of lies, betrayals, and secrets. There is a way to be good again, he’d said. A way to end the cycle. With a little boy. An orphan. Hassan’s son.
Somewhere in Kabul. (Hoessini 239) Amir knows he must go on this journey in order to redeem himself. With little complication Amir is sent off on his path. His path to redeem himself and regain his honour and pride. Amir redeems himself once he takes a beating for Hassan. He has faulted Hassan not only by getting him killed and by leaving him in Afghanistan, but also when they were young by abandoning him at a time of need. Amir is happy when he is being beat up because he realizes he has redeemed himself “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace.
I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this. ” (Hosseini 303) By being beat up, Amir can finally forgive himself for what he did to Hassan so many years before. Amir is finally at peace because of the beating. Amir has redeemed his pride from the faults he committed so long ago. Amir truly redeems himself for all his regrets once he has made Hassan’s son, Sohrab smile, a sign to show everything may be alright in the future and Sohrab may get over his despression.
Amir has truly redeemed his honour once he gets Sohrab to safety and he smiles “It was only a smile, nothing more. It didn’t make everything all right. It didn’t make anything all right. Only a smile. A tiny thing. A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight. But I’ll take it. ” (Hosseini 391) Although Sohrab only smiles, Amir still is honoured to finally get the child out of depression, especially considering it is his nephew. Amir has once and for all redeemed himself for his honour and his pride.
Amir finally redeems his honour and pride through his path of redemption, getting beat up, and making his nephew smile. Amir has accomplished his journey for redemption. He redeems his honour for his brother Hassan by getting beat up badly. Amir truly comes to peace with his regrets and redeems his pride once Sohrab smiles. It is not easy for one to redeem oneself for their regrets. People must go through a large amount of stress and conflicts to go through to redeem themselves.