Seven deeming him a redeemed person. When Amir learns


Seven months later Sohrab was still scarred, and throughout
that time even though Soraya had given up on connecting with Sohrab, Amir
continued to attempt connecting with him. Amir still used every opportunity to
bond with Sohrab, his persistence provided at least his opening for redemption.
On New Year’s Eve, Amir was given an opportunity to bond with Hassan over
flying a kite, Sohrab at first showed resistance and stubbornness but at the
end he agreed to fly the kite. “I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his
mouth had curled up just so. A smile” (Page 371). The significance of this
event is that Sohrab had finally warmed up to Amir, deeming him a redeemed

When Amir learns of a way to solve Sohrab’s visa predicament,
it was almost too late. Ironically, at the end Sohrab survived his attempted
suicide, but his friendliness and immaturity did not. This led to another issue
that Amir had to redeem himself for. During the stay at the hospital, Amir tried
to be friendly with Sohrab and make up for breaking the promise, but the
attempt did not go very far. His numerous attempts to bond with Sohrab shows
his great desire to purify his ‘soul.’ Amir’s guilt of betrayal toward Sohrab’s
father continues to haunt him. Hence, his persistent attempt to gain Sohrab’s acceptance
is a way for Amir to achieve redemption.

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Towards the end of the book, Amir finds out that there never
was a family for Sohrab (the family who supposedly will adopt Sohrab), but only
a plan that Rahim Khan devised to manipulate Amir into adopting Sohrab. Amir
faced many obstacles during his attempt to adopt Sohrab, because Sohrab had no
papers. It was a challenge to prove that he was related to Amir or his father
Hassan. Amir made a promise to Sohrab that he would never put him in an
orphanage. However, he later realized that the only way for Sohrab to get a visa
is by going to an orphanage. When Amir tells Sohrab that he must go to an
orphanage, breaking his promise, Sohrab cuts himself and almost bled to death.

In the middle of the book, Rahim Khan (a second father to
Amir) sent a letter to Amir saying that there was a way to be good again, he
was alluding to what had happened with Hassan and the bullies. He told Amir
that he could redeem himself by finding Hassan’s son, Sohrab, take him out of
the orphanage and place him with a family that Rahim Khan had met. Amir found
Sohrab scared and abused by the same person that raped Hassan (Sohrab’s
father). They got into a fight in which Amir was willing to die and take Sohrab
to safety. This showed his desire of redemption. The extent of Amir’s injuries
after the fight were unfathomable: “Your spleen has ruptured…. you also
suffered seven broken ribs. One of them caused a pneumothorax” (296).  This reflected the first of many steps Amir had
taken to redeem himself, and a contrasting parallelism between how he felt
mentally and physically; Amir was in physical pain from the beating which he
felt he deserved, but mentally he felt healed because he had attempted to save
Sohrab. The realization of his spineless actions on the day of the rape
compared to the beating that almost killed him served him a lesson as a major
landmark in the process of redemption; he felt that he paid the price.

Amir describes Assef as a threat
because he is bigger and stronger. In order to save Sohrab, he knowingly put
his life in jeopardy. Against all odds, Amir confronts Assef; this unselfish
act is the beginning of his atonement.

“I didn’t say you
could take him for free…you have to earn him…we have some unfinished business,
you and I, Assef said. I remember how envious I’d been of Hassan’s bravery.
Assef had backed down, promised that in the end he’d get us both. He kept that
promise with Hassan. Now it was my turn. ‘All right’ I said” (286).

may think that Amir’s Past is unredeemable, but Amir has proven this wrong by
finding redemption through Sohrab. Although he could not save Hassan or
Hassan’s father Ali, he was able to save Sohrab from suicide, loneliness, and

The kite runner is a book about
unfortunate circumstances and upbringing of the main character Amir. Impacted greatly
by the lack of affection from his father, Amir unintentionally traded his
childhood friend’s innocence for a material object during a confrontation with
a trio of bullies. He did this by not standing up to the bullies and by not
telling Hassan to give them the object when they threatened him for it. The
object was a kite, which he believed to be the tether for building a
relationship between him and his father. Consequently, Hassan was raped by
Assef (the leader of the three) as an act of dominance. Due to the rape Hassan
moves out of Kabul where later he and his father are killed. Hassan, however,
leaves a son behind, Sohrab. All the above triggered grief and regret in Amir,
all of which he perceived to be unatoned until the conclusion of the book.  Amir achieves redemption at the end when he tries
to connect with Sohrab and brings him to a safe country.