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G uilt cowers red-faced at the edge of the party, wringing its hands. Enter the novelist who desires nothing more than to dance with it all night long. It manifests itself in spectres and tormented dreams, driving the afflicted to seek its erasure via the confessional, the bottle or the noose. Lipstick on a collar, a reappearing bloodstain — the physical evidence of a guilty act has turned many a plot. Moreover, the notion of the mark of Cain, the telltale stamp of culpability, is a persistent one. When she looks for remorse, or even awareness, in the eyes of her nemesis Lonergan, she sees only denial.
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Topics: Novel , Text. Throughout the course of The Kite Runner there are many characters that have committed sins and subsequently attempted to redeem themselves. The Kite Runner structured around main characters, Amir and Baba and their acts of betrayal. The impact of these acts continues to be felt throughout the novel manifesting itself in Amirs guilt ridden narrative. However, guilt is not enough. The need for redemption and atonement is what these characters seek. Amir places Hassan in the position to be framed and sets him up for theft of Amirs birthday presents, this incident clearly shows that Amir approaches atonement the wrong way.
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To redeem himself to Baba, Amir thinks he must win the kite-tournament and bring Baba the losing kite, both of which are inciting incidents that set the rest of the novel in motion. As a boy, Amir fails to stand up for himself. As an adult, he can only redeem himself by proving he has the courage to stand up for what is right. Amir has a very complex relationship with Baba, and as much as Amir loves Baba, he rarely feels Baba fully loves him back. Baba has his own difficulty connecting with Amir.