The Kite Runner Rhetorical Analysis

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The soul desires absolution and peace; the mind seeks redemption. After the long quest for searching for Sohrab, Hassan’s son, Amir meets with a Taliban officer who had taken Sohrab. Fighting for Sohrab’s freedom, Amir gets brutally beaten. His thoughts include the use of metaphor which reveals his resolve: “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace […] My body was broken – just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later – but I felt healed. Healed at last” (289). To Amir, his beating is cleansing of his sins. Amir’s idea of being healed signifies his perspective of being psychologically cured. The impression of Amir suggests that he had come in terms with what he had done as a child and he feels…show more content…
He willingly gets beaten by Assef, representing a lamb, and also selflessness. Amir, carrying the guilt of Hassan’s sexual abuse has weighed him down. When he was getting beaten, he was relived because after all those years he felt as if he final atoned his sins. Amir’s guilt was the force for the decision to sacrifice himself for Sohrab. Amir returns to America with Sohrab. His thoughts reveal the use of metaphors to amplify his final search for redemption: “[…] A leaf in the woods, shaking in the wake of a startled bird’s flight […] Because when spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I witnessed the first flake melting” (371). Amir’s thoughts include the use of a metaphor which heightens the effect of him starting a new life that he cannot help but feel remorse. With the use a metaphor, Amir becomes a selfless character which marks the transition from winter to spring. The change in character allows Amir’s character to move forward on his road to redemption. Furthermore, the metaphor is a comparison of Sohrab’s smile to a shivering leaf. Both significantly reveals a subtle, a hidden inner movement in one

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