Failed Attempts For Redemption
In The Kite Runner Amir and Baba both sought out for the redemption of the sins they have committed. Only one of them truly finds the redemption and Baba is not the one. is what true redemption iswhen guilt leads to good (Hosseini ) Baba had an idea in his head that told him to be the best at everything and to fool people from the truth. Even if it meant to go against his own beliefs and word. He showed the image of a person that everyone wanted to see. Baba also takes his guilt out on his known son, Amir, just so he feels as if he is doing the right thing. Baba believed he did everything he possibly could to be at ease with his sin, until it got thrown in his face and legend. In the end, the world always wins. Thats just the way of things.(Hosseini 99)
Baba sought the easy way out, which was to do and to give for everyone else but the ones that needed it most.feeding the poor, giving money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself.(Hosseini 13) Baba played himself out to be the biggest hearted and trust-worthy person around, even though he was the complete opposite. Baba even built an orphanage with his own wealth. Anytime Babas friends were in need, he was there for them. That is why everyone grew to respect him, or just the image he had shown. Part of the image Baba put on was a preacher. He preached of what the one and only sin there was to commit. Baba once said There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sins is a variation of theftwhen you kill a man, you steal his life. You steal a wifes right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. (Hosseini 18) He preached to Amir who was blinded to the fact that it was Babas sin in a nutshell. Baba had lied to Amir his whole life and everyone else who did not already know the truth. Baba did not want to ruin his reputation by telling everyone he had slept with Alis wife and bore her a child. Who was then found out to be Hassan the Hazara, Baba and Amirs servant. To protect the view that everyone had saw him; he hurt the ones that only loaned for his love.
Amir was the son everyone knew about. Amir loaned for the acceptation of his father, Baba. You cant love a person who lives that way without fearing him too.(Hosseini 15) Amir always thought that whatever he did for Baba was never enough to get the acceptance for killing Babas wife. I had killed his beloved wife(Hosseini 19) Amir did not understand why Baba never forgot Hassans always birthday, why Hassan always got presents that were just as good as his. Baba even housed Ali and Hassan just to keep him close to him. When Ali and Hassan went to leave, Baba forbid them to go.He cried. It scared me a little, seeing a grown man sob.(Hosseini 107) Baba did not understand, he apologized and claimed he had done everything and anything for them.At least tell me why. I need to know!(Hosseini 107) After that Baba went back to acting like nothing Amir did mattered to him. All of Amirs writing that he put his thoughts into, did not impress Baba. The only thing that came close to impressing Baba was Amir kite running and that was only because Hassan shared the same interest.
Baba started acting out after Hassan left. He could not function right. Baba and Amir were riding on a bus to try and get across the border a Russian soldier tried to rape a young lady. She was a stranger to Baba but he would risk his own life and leave Amir fatherless just to stand up for what he thought was right. Tell him Ill take a thousand of his bullets before I let this indecency take place(Hosseini 116) After Baba found out that the person that transported him was being paid, he nearly killed him for it. Put him down, Agha, youre killing him (Hosseini 118) Once Baba and Amir finally made it and settled in the U.S, Amir loved it, Baba hated it. He was never happy with his job; he did not like the lack of respect he got from the people. He thought that when someone asked to see his license they were insulting him. Almost two years weve bought his damn fruits and put money in his pocket and the son of the dog wants to see my license!(Hosseini 127) Baba shows Amir that he is not fully satisfied being in the U.S without Hassan because at after Amirs graduation Baba said I wish Hassan had been with us today (Hosseini 133) America never worked out for Baba up until Amir got married.
Shortly after that, Baba died. Baba let himself die with his sin, and the all of the guilt that built up inside of him. Baba knew that he never could be relieved from his sin. He tried to do everything and anything to try and be relieved from his sin. He was a man of his word; he never gave up on trying. He knew what he had to do because he preached about the only sin there was to commit. Amir and Baba both sought out for the redemption of the sins they have committed. Only one of them truly finds the redemption and Baba is not the one. is what true redemption iswhen guilt leads to good (Hosseini )
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