Mydah NaseemMs. HarbisonEnglish IV 19th January, 2018 Multicultural Essay Commiting sins and seeking redemption for them is a never-ending cycle of human life. Many people use redemption as a life skill to help themselves relieve the pain from their past. Some people just close the door and walk away but some hold the door ajar all along, waiting for a chance of redemption to walk through. Khaled Hosseini skillfully portrays how a single sin can taint your entire life and how the guilt can make you suffer. He in his debut novel, “The Kite Runner” explains redemption as the protagonist, Amir seeks atonement for his sins, his father tries to make up for what he did and how Rahim Khan also asks for forgiveness for his shameful act. Amir’s failure of not helping Hassan when he was getting raped created an extreme amount of guilt which weighed more than their friendship. His guilt acted as a barrier between Hassan and Amir’s relation. The day he walked away from the alley Hassan was getting raped was the day he walked into an absolute abyss of guilt. As he writes, ” I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan or I could run, In the end, I ran” (Khaled Hosseini 77). This incident haunted and impacted the rest of his life. Amir, when he was a kid asked Hassan to hit him with pomegranates, he says, “Hit me back!… I wished he’d give me the punishment I craved” (Khaled Hosseini, 92) what he was doing was indirectly seeking for redemption by getting “hurt” by Hassan. As time went by, Amir’s guilt and his urge to attain redemption became unbearable. On his visit to Afghanistan, he got into a quarrel with Assef who nearly killed him but he felt “healed”, basically redeemed but by the end of the novel he figures out that punishment would not help him escape his guilt but adopting Hassan’s son, Sohrab would. Amir’s father just like Amir cheated on his family and kept it a secret by having an affair with his maid and let the guilt destroy him as years went by. Although he treated Hassan as his son, as Hosseini writes, ” every year he asked Hassan what he wanted for his birthday” (Khaled Hosseini, 44) but he never accepted him as a son fearing the society. He provided Hassan and his guardian, Ali all the necessities of life. On Amir’s request of getting new servants, he replied, “I’ve never laid a hand on you, Amir but you ever say that again… Hassan’s not going anywhere, do you understand? (Khaled Hosseini, 90). His actions portray how his urge of seeking redemption made him mistreat his other son, Amir. He redeemed himself by keeping Hassan in front of his eyes, watching him grow and making sure that he never falls back due to any economic issues. Rahim Khan, Amir’s father’s business partner, and Amir’s second fatherly figure kept Amir’s father’s secret for which he is extremely ashamed and asks for forgiveness throughout the novel by his acts. He was Amir’s “writing mentor and pal” (Khaled Hosseini, 98). For Amir, Rahim Khan was whatever his father was not. He also treated him like a son. Rahim Khan, just like Amir and his friend, was in the constant guilt of hiding the truth from Amir for which he always tried to make up. He always was there for Amir. Through his acts of love and care, he was always trying to look for redemption, he writes, “May I have it, Amir jan? I would very much like to read it.” (Khaled Hosseini, 43)His acts throughout the book were very obvious of how ashamed he was and how badly he wanted redemption. By the end of the novel, when he finally decides to tell Amir the truth, he openly writes to him saying, ” I know that in the end God will forgive your father, me and you too, but most importantly forgive yourself.” He figured out the owning his mistake was the redemption he was looking for. Khaled Hosseini was also born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and later on he spent his life in America because of his country being under the control of Soviet Union. This book is titled as “The Kite Runner” because they banned the contest his friends and cousins grew up playing which struck a personal chord with him.The book shows how the protagonist, Amir struggles to achieve the love of his father, who wanted him to be a man as per the rules of the society and the culture. The part where he writes how Hassan has to keep his rape a secret and not demand justice shows how different the values of Afghani people’s respect are from the rest of the world. The characters in this novel, base all their life decisions and acts trying to find redemption and in the end, all of them succeeded one way or the other. Khaled Hosseini in the first chapter of the book writes, “It’s wrong what they say about past, I’ve learned about how you can bury it.” (Khaled Hosseini, 22). Finding redemption does not only mean to get the person to forgive you, it comes from within and in different shapes. Life is full of mistakes but it also paves ways to makes things rights. Khaled Hosseini’s novel beautifully conveys the message of not letting guilt ruin your relations and life.