The Kite Runner: Loss Of Innocence & Redemption

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Introduction:
The themes of the loss of innocence and redemption is used throughout the novel The Kite Runner to make a point that one can lose innocence but never redeem it. Once innocence is lost it takes a part of oneself that can never be brought back from oblivion. One can try an entire life to redeem oneself but the part that is loss is permanently gone although the ache of it can be dampened with the passing of time and acts of attempted redemption. Khaled Hosseini uses characters, situations, and many different archetypes to make this point.
Theme:
During The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini reinforces the theme of the loss of innocence and redemption. Many characters lose innocence ...view middle of the document...

As Amir travels to Afghanistan he finds out that Hassan was murdered by the Taliban alongside his wife, leaving their son Sohrab alone in the world. This gives Amir a tangible way to redeem himself. When he finds out the Sohrab was taken from the orphanage by the Taliban he finds a way that he can also prove his father wrong. To save Sohrab from the loss of innocence by the same monster that took it from his father. Amir though in his naivety is the one who ultimately takes away Sohrab’s last shred of innocence by breaking a promise that he gave. In a cruel way the circle comes in full. Amir once again as shown is shamefulness and as Baba said, “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything” (Hosseini 24). Amir tries to prove Baba wrong by going to Afghanistan to save Sohrab but he falls short of, what most would say, true redemption.
Many would say that Amir was working towards redemption by the end of the novel. He tried to amend ties with Sohrab and even comes to terms with how he was not the man his Baba imagined him to be. Also he forgives himself with the help of Allah for the acts of sin that took away his innocence and that of others. Furthermore Amir becomes Hassan to Sohrab. Not in a fatherly figure but in his absolute loyalty to Sohrab. At the end of the novel, Amir says to Sohrab, “For you, a thousand times over” (Hosseini 391) which was what Hassan said to Amir, even when doing so made him lose his innocence.
History:
Education
Education throughout Afghanistan seems to always be changing. During the 1970’s education in Afghanistan was improved under the rule of King Zahir Shah. He made primary schools available to about half of the population who were younger than twelve years of age. Women were the ones being pushed to go to school. They were encouraged to become doctors and teachers. During the 1980’s women made up 40% of the doctors and 60% of the teachers in Kabul. Despite improvements, a large percentage of the population remained illiterate. Beginning with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, successive wars virtually destroyed the nation's education system. Most teachers fled during the wars to neighboring countries. The 1990’s is when the Taliban restricted education for females. The Madrasa school, which is an all boys schools became the main source of primary and secondary education. About 1.2 million students were enrolled in schools during the Taliban regime, with less than 50,000 of them girls. Present day, its gone back to how it was in the beginning of The Kite Runner where is was normal for both sexes to be able to have a free education without their family struggling to put you in it. Since 2003 over 5,000 schools have been rehabilitated or newly constructed.
Education throughout the years relate back to the novel, from many different stages. Before Amir was born in the early 1970’s, his mother was a professor at a university. So going back to where women were pushed...

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