Guilt In The Kite Runner

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As once said by Dave Grohl, ‘Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, and destroy you. It's a black wall. It's a thief’. This can be applied to everyday life as everyone suffers through guilt at some stage in their life. Humans make mistakes and through these mistakes redemption is sought after to ease a guilty conscience. This journey to redemption is highlighted in the novel written by Khaled Hossieni, ‘The Kite Runner’. The idea that full redemption can only be achieved through one’s own sacrifices has been depicted through several stylistic techniques. These techniques include characterisation, symbolism and point of view. The protagonist, an Afghani-American named Amir seeks redemption for the betrayal of his childhood best friend Hassan. Hosseini utilizes dialogue to express that once a mistake is made the guilt from it can lead to terrible decisions and sorrow. Hosseini begins the novel alluding to his past unatoned sins, continuously referring…show more content…
The narrator Amir, confessing to all his achievements, failures and sins throughout the novel takes us on the journey to his eventual redemption. First person narration enables the reader to connect with Amir, with the ability to access his thoughts, emotions and point of view of events. Regarding his thoughts in the guilt for his betrayal of Hassan. The memories and dreams of Amir that Hosseini incorporates during the rape scene help to slow down time, making it go on for much longer than necessary, leading the reader to feel disturbed and ‘on edge’. Hosseini enables the audience to feel the same emotions Amir is by slowing down the time, suffering the rape scene for longer. This helps convey to the reader the psychological complexity of his guilt relaying that onto the audience, making them think about past unatoned sins, and that overwhelming feeling of guilt that is

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