As novel’s consequential and highly mystical scene implies, the deceased Hassan did in fact appreciate Amir’s long-awaited token of loyalty.Just as Hassan used to do, his son Sohrab raised a slingshot and shot Assef right into his eye: “The slingshot made a thwiiiiit sound when Sohrab released the cup. He put his hand where his left eye had been just a moment ago. The context of this particular scene suggests that the consequence of Amir proving himself courageous enough to act loyally towards Hassan’s son, was reestablishment of a friendship between Amir and Hassan, even though the latter was no longer living.But doing this clearly does nothing toward redeeming himself, and thus his guilt endures.
It has fast made a space for itself; and in time, may become a beacon for academic pursuits.
High school students may derive many singeing essay topics from its course.
When Amir finds out about Baba's betrayal of Ali (and subsequent betrayal of Hassan), he realizes that everything he thought he knew and understood about his father was false. But Baba has been dead for fifteen years, and there is nothing he can do about the situation.
Neither feelings of betrayal nor punishment are enough to redeem Amir. Only when Amir decides to take Sohrab to the United States and provide his nephew a chance at happiness and prosperity that was denied to his half-brother does Amir take the necessary steps toward atonement and redemption.
Betrayal and Redemption Betrayal, which can be considered a form of sin, is enduring and ends up being cyclical in The Kite Runner.
For most of the novel, Amir attempts to deal with his guilt by avoiding it.
For the first time, the theme of loyalty comes to its prominence in novel’s scene when, while trying to defend Amir, Hassan aims his slingshot at Assef: “I turned and came face to face with Hassan’s slingshot…
Hassan held the slingshot pointed directly at Assef’s face” (21).
Apparently, it was Amir’s ever-present sense of guilt, which had prompted him to go to Afghanistan: “I have a wife in America, a home, a career, and a family.
But how could I pack up and go back home when my actions may have cost Hassan a chance at those very same things? After having arrived to Afghanistan, however, Amir realized that his price for proving loyalty to Hassan was even higher – it was not only that he had to face dangers of staying in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, but that he also had to face the ultimate showdown with Assef, who by that time became one of Taliban’s war-lords.