Guilt is a prevailing emotion that has the power to destroy one’s life if one does not confess his sins and ask for forgiveness.
One’s life is defined by the emotions they portray. I wished he’d give me the punishment I craved, so maybe I’d finally sleep at night.
He willingly gives up a friendship to release himself, so he thought, from guilt.
However, living with this gnawing sin of betrayal for so many years, Amir finally finds a way to redeem himself even though the one he betrayed is no longer living.
Sharing burdens and helping others gives one a feeling of worth.
That feeling of redemption allows one to forget about the past and look towards a brighter future.By exploring Amir’s need for atonement, one learns that finding redemption and being forgiven can allow one to finally have freedom from one’s sins and feel better about oneself.We realize that personal sacrifice, no matter at what cost, has a lasting reward.Finally, Amir believes he can start his life over and not worry about the sin he committed against Hassan. Later on in his life he has a dream about Hassan’s death.“His [Hassan’s] hands are tied behind him with roughly woven rope…He is kneeling on the street…He lifts his face.Due to his nagging guilt, Amir is not able to live a peaceful life.Amir has an overwhelming need to be punished, to be redeemed from his sin, so that he does not have to live with his remorse.Amir doesn’t get over his guilt simply because Hassan is out of his house. In fact, his guilt becomes so great that he feels he was actually responsible for Hassan’s death.After reading the novel and studying Amir’s guilt due to his betrayal of Hassan, the reader sees that guilt can worsen over time and can have a major impact in the decisions one makes.He so desperately needs to be punished for his sin, so that he and Hassan can be friends again.Since Hassan will not give him this punishment, Amir decides that he needs to forget about his sin since there seems to be nothing more he can do about it. Somewhere in Kabul…Hassan had loved me once, loved me in a way that no one ever had or ever would again.