Final Act of Redemption
It is not until 26 years of carrying his guilt that Amir realizes he can atone for the wrong he committed and relieve his burden. Living in California after moving with Baba to the United States during troubled times in Afghanistan, Amir can hide from the physical reminder of his youth but not the painful memories that accompany it.
The guilt continues to haunt Amir even after he marries and starts a successful career as a writer, however, until one day Rahim Khan calls him and tells him “there is a way to be good again", a way to redeem himself. Unable to reject his old friend’s beckoning, Amir revisits Afghanistan. There, to his astonishment, he learns that Hassan was more than a friend, but his brother after all. He also learns he was mercilessly killed, leaving his son Sohrab an orphan.
For a change Amir decides to show courage to retrieve Sohrab from the orphanage. Amir is further tested when he must confront Assef to save Sohrab. He is brutalized by Assef but stands his ground. For this is the punishment he’s been craving for 26 years. In fact, he begins to laugh near the end of the fight when at last he feels healed. For once, Amir has sacrificed himself for Hassan.
Reading Rahim Khan’s letter while recovering at the hospital, Amir realizes that rescuing Sohrab is only the first step to redemption. Amir initially decides to leave Sohrab in an orphanage, but realizes that he has not come to Afghanistan only to rescue Sohrab, but also to adopt him as his own son.
By accepting this reality, Amir displays the ultimate courage and redeems himself.