In already foreshadowing a moment in his life

   In the novel The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseini expressed that betrayal is deep
and resounding, never the less redemption is not always found in acts but in peace
within one’s self. Hosseini uses foreshadowing to develop the main plot of the
book. For example, in chapter one the narrator is already foreshadowing a
moment in his life by saying, “I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because
the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking
into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years” (Hosseini 1). Amir is
foreshadowing a moment of his life that happens later in the book where his
servant, friend, and half-brother named Hassan was raped in the alley way, by
Assef who is the neighborhood sociopath, while Amir watched and did nothing
during the crime because he was too scared. That moment is what he did describe
as what made him the person he is and felt like he had betrayed his friend,
then sets up the feel for the need of redemption throughout the course of the
book. After the pre-horrific scene, in chapter 2 the narrator says, “Then he
would remind us that there was a brotherhood between people who had fed from
the same breast, a kinship that not even time could break (Hosseini 7).
Following another quote from the book, “But suddenly I had the feeling I was
looking at two faces, the one I knew, the one that was my first memory, and
another, a second face this one lurking just beneath the surface…maybe I’d seen
it someplace before” (Hosseini 43). Both of these quotes are giving a huge plot
twisting moment that mentions Hassan being Amir’s half-brother other than a
very close friend or a slave. As they fed form the same breast as infants and
how Amir has seen a different, but familiar face on Hassan, Amir was 12 at that
time, since he is a year older than Hassan and the tournament was in the winter
of 1975. Giving the conclusion that Amir remembers Hassan in his earlier stages
of life being his brother which is the face he recognizes, makes this part of
the book heavily influential to Amir’s need for redemption till the end of the
book. In chapter 7 Amir says “Then he smiled his Hassan smile and disappeared
around the corner. The nest time I saw him smile unabashedly like that was
twenty-six years later, in  a faded
Polaroid photograph” (Hosseini 54). He is foreshadowing the death of Hassan and
the picture is the last time he is going to see him smiling in front of him.
Then late in the book Amir is looking to redeem himself to Hassan but, he does
so through his son Sohrab because Hassan was killed from the Taliban and Assef.
Afterwards, Amir reveals his only chance at redemption with- Hassan in chapter
18 saying, “Baba and I were more alike than I’d ever known. We had both betrayed
the people who would have given their lives for us. And with that came this
realization: that Rahim Khan had summoned me here to atone not just for my sins
but for Baba’s too” (Hosseini 192). Amir realizes that this is his only hope
for redemption and this foreshadows that Amir is going to step out of his
comfort zone and will go save Sohrab from the Taliban Assef. Hosseini uses a
lot of foreshadowing to tell the reader what is going to happen and later
reveals how it will affect Amir’s decision on what he needs to do to redeem
himself to his half-brother Hassan.

   Furthermore, Hosseini describes the theme
betrayal and redemption through the use of symbolism to persuade Amir’s
feelings and his actions. For example, in the text Amir was going to America in
a gasoline truck and says, “‘think of something good’, Baba said in my ear…
Hassan and I ankle deep in untamed grass…our eyes turned up to the kite in the
sky” (Hosseini 102). The narrator is reminiscing about his youth with Hassan
and the kite being the symbol of Amir’s youth and his relationship with Hassan.
In Hosseini’s second quote he says,” ‘Rahim Khan is very sick’. A fist clenched
inside me with those words” (Hosseini 164). At this point, Amir is in his later
stages of life living in America, Amir had received a call from his father’s longtime
friend Rahim Khan that he’s on his death bed, this part of the book is
significant because Rahim Khan tells Amir about Hassan’s son and where he could
be at that time being. With that idea in mind, Rahim Khan symbolizes Amir’s
last chance at his long awaited redemption with Hassan. When Amir mentions the
pomegranate tree he says, “Hassan said in his letter that the pomegranate tree
hadn’t borne fruit in years…I doubted it ever would again…the carving had
dulled almost faded altogether, but it was still there” (Hosseini 226). This
pomegranate tree symbolizes the relationship that Amir and Hassan had as kids;
in the beginning of the book the tree was healthy with the carving. Then when
Hassan had died so did the tree and Amir saying that the carving is faded, reflects
a lot on the relationship that the boys had when they were younger showing that
Amir is still deeply attached to Hassan even after all the years. Finally, when
Amir confronts Assef to save Sohrab for his redemption Amir says, “The boy had
his father’s round moon face, his pointy stub of a chin, his twisted, twisted
seashell ears, and the same slight frame. It was the Chinese doll face of my
childhood” (Hosseini 239). Sohrab is the symbol of the whole story’s purpose of
establishing the theme for redemption; giving the narrator a second chance to
do things over with his friend, servant, and half-brother who is now reincarnated.
Giving Amir peace within himself. Hosseini used symbolism to attach Amir to
Hassan, which made Amir desperate for his chance at redemption, who then finds
that redemption at the end of the book when he fly’s a kite with Sohrab.

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Hosseini, Khalid. The Kite Runner. Riverhead Books, 2003.


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