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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.
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. In contrast with this, the most loving relationship between father and son we see is that of Hassan and Sohrab. Hassan, however, is killed, and toward the end of the novel we watch Amir trying to become a substitute father to Sohrab.
The song the soldier plays, "Invictus," is a kind of victory over death., Topics: Novel , Text.
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Things to Remember. Escape to Redemption "She can run from the police, but she cannot hide from her guilt. Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he's dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap.