Inside The Kite Runner is known for the

Inside of each individual, there is both
good and evil and it is a constant struggle as to which one will dominate;
nevertheless one cannot exist without the other. The Kite Runner is known for the devastating but honest interpretation
of identity, betrayal, and
atonement. The storyline portrays the journey of a boy named Amir,
escaping from his troubled childhood and trying to find peace within him. He is
portrayed as the evil figure that torments him and Hassan, however, the one
with the ultimate good heart is when he atones for his sins by rescuing Sohrab.
He uses his insecurities and selfish reasons to not save Hassan from being
raped and for using him as the scapegoat to win Baba’s compassion. He uses his
anger and guilt for tormenting Hassan and framing him for theft to get rid of
him as he was a reminder of his guilt. For all of that, an act of loyalty and
love to Hassan ends him rescuing Sohrab and being healed and atoned for his
betrayal to Hassan revealing the ultimate good heart. Amir portrays the
archetype, the evil figure with the ultimate good heart as he uses his
insecurities and resentment to harm others creating a devil figure by using
selfish reasons in the kite-fighting tournament and framing of theft to avoid
his betrayal, however, is able to redeem
himself by making peace with his past by rescuing Sohrab and ultimately have a
pure heart.

            Firstly,
the kite-fighting tournament is the first glimpse of Amir’s hatred and
resentment to Hassan by Hassan being the price he had to pay to prove himself
to society and to Baba. Amir uses his hesitancy about his and Baba’s
relationship to convince himself to not save Hassan from Assef’s torture. He is
not able to build his courage and loyalty and is too self-absorb to realize that not only is he sacrificing his best
friend, he is sacrificing all the innocence in his life and in Kabul. In the
end, Amir’s selfishness overcomes him and decides to run away from proving that
he believes his own security is essential
than his friend’s. Specifically shown in his thoughts as he watched all the innocence bleed out on the snow:

I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity
to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan-
the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past- and accept whatever
would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran. I ran because I was a
coward. I was afraid of Assef and what he would do to me. I was afraid of
getting hurt. That’s what I told myself as I turned my back to the alley, to
Hassan. That’s what I made myself believe. (Hosseini 77)

Likewise, the next day was Eid-e- Qorban
and Amir become acceptant of Hassan being
used and tortured as the scapegoat. He accepts that Hassan was the lamb, he had
to slay. Amir compares Assef forcing
himself on Hassan to the slaughter as he watched both even though it
will haunt his dreams. He watched because of the look of acceptance in the lamb
and Hassan eyes and imagines both the animal and Hassan to understand and ends
his conscience telling him that he was just a Hazara and it was nothing worth
saving. For instance, shown in his
thoughts as he sacrifices Hassan:

I actually aspired to cowardice, because of the alternative, the real reason I
was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was Free in this world. Maybe
Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba. Was it
a fair price? The answer floated to my conscious mind before I could thwart it:
He was just a Hazara, wasn’t he? (Hosseini 77)

Consequently, Amir goes through moments
of pain, of betrayal as he uses his anger and relationship on Baba is put on
Hassan. This is shown how the Afghani Pashtun community reflects on Amir. As
his excuse of slaughtering his innocence, memories, childhood, friend, brother
was only because Hassan was a Hazara. However,
this is not the worst actions yet.

            Secondly,
Amir pushes himself more into salutatory as he does the worst thing possible,  which is framing Hassan for theft and devastate
the last bit of innocence away from his life. For instance, Amir uses the pomegranate
tree to take his anger, disturbance, and
remorse on Hassan. Amir is not able to deal with his sense of guilt at first he
tries to keep away from Hassan, who becomes a constant reminder of Amir of his
own cowardice and selfishness however  Amir wishes Hassan would punish him and pelts
him however his accusations only mirror himself and not to Hassan as he ultimately wants to get rid of him :

Hit me back, goddamn you! I wished he would. I
wished he’d give me the punished I crave, so maybe I’d finally sleep at night.
Maybe then things could return to how they used to be between us. But Hassan
did nothing as I pelted him again and again. You’re a coward! I said. Nothing
but a goddamn coward! I don’t know how many times I hit him. All I know is
that, when I finally stopped, exhausted and panting. Hassan was smeared in red
like he’d been shot by a firing squad. I fell to my knees, tired, spent,
frustrated. (Hosseini 92-93)

Furthermore, the last unforgivable torment
he did to Hassan was framing him for the one ultimate sin, theft. Finally, he
framed Hassan by planting a watch and some money. Amir tries to get rid of
Hassan by using Baba to do so and to make it less painful as he trying to run away from his guilt. He uses the excuse of saying that Baba will not forgive him
even though he should be concerned about Hassan health and his betrayal.
Accordingly, Hassan sacrifices for Amir the last time by leaving Kabul and Amir
is shown that he is glad that is would be finally over, there would be no pain and he would be able to breathe
again. To demonstrate:

My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth.
Then I understood: This was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me. If he’d said no,
Baba would have believed him because we all knew Hassan never lied. And id Baba
believed him, then I’d be the accused; I would give
to explain and I would be revealed for what I really was. Baba would never,
ever forgive me… I wasn’t worthy of this sacrifice; I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief. And I would have
told, except that a part of me was glad. Glad that this would all be over with
soon. Baba would dismiss them, there would be some pain, but life would move on. I wanted that, to move
on, to forget, to start with a clean slate. I wanted to be able to breathe
again. (Hosseini 105)

As a result, Amir is shown to be on the dark
side and tries to run away from his past.
He uses the pomegranate tree to build and tarnish his relationship with Hassan.
The tree is used as a symbol of friendship and when the pomegranate crushes
over Hassan’s face making it look like blood is when it is identified as their friendship is
over. Along with, he frames Hassan for the only sin possible what is just to get
rid of Hassan. Amir uses an honorable lesson taught by Baba and the only sign
of their relationship and manipulates both, Hassan and Baba to have no choice.
Hence Amir is shown to be ruthless and self-absorbed nonetheless, Amir will be
able to turn around and be good again.

Thirdly, years after, Amir still lives
with this guilt for a long time; more than two decades later, a family friend,
Rahim Khan, offers Amir a chance of redemption as he reveals a truth that
guides him to ultimate redemption. Eventually,
it is revealed Hassan to be Amir’s brother and as always he ran away from his
problems, however, this time he wants to move forward. In act of loyalty to
Hassan and his family, he believes in god and hopes to fins Sohrab as he is the
only living part of Hassan. That is:

I looked at the round face in the Polaroid again,
the way the sun fell on it. My brother’s face. Hassan had loved me once, loved
me in a way that no one ever had or ever would again. He was gone now, but a
little part of him lived on. It was in Kabul. Waiting. I found Rahim Khan
praying namaz in the corner of the room. He was just a dark silhouette bowing
eastward against a bloodred sky. I waited for him to finish. Then I told him I
was going to Kabul. Told him to call the Caldwells in the morning. I’ll pray
for you, Amir jan, he said. (Hosseini
227)

Incidentally, Amir is put in a situation
which he only cares for Sohrab and fights Assek trying o save Sohrab. He is
approached by Assef and rather than running,
he fights him. This act of rescue serves
as an act of redemption for both for his owns sins and his father’s
against the true and loyal Hassan. Due to
this, he has
healed again:           

What was so funny was that, for the first time since
the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some
hidden nook in the corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this. I
remembered the day on the hill I had pelted Hassan with pomegranates and tried
to provoke him. He’d just stood there, doing nothing, red juice soaking through
is a shirt
like blood. Then he’d taken the pomegranate from my hand, crushed it against
his forehead. Are you satisfied now? He’d hissed. Do you feel better? I hadn’t
been happy and I hadn’t felt better, not at all. But I did now. My body was
broken- just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later- but I felt healed.
Healed at last. I laughed.

As a result, Amir is able to find peace
with his guilt, with Hassan as is able to move on from a past he never really
moved on. To him, his laughter was music to the soul.
In Afghanistan when Amir stood up for Sohrab it should he had come terms with
what he had done as a child and was finally felt relieved. Although he was getting beat up, it did not matter anymore, he
just wished he had stood up to Assef years ago,
and maybe he would have earned his redemption is that alley.

On the whole, Amir goes
through a journey where he uses resentment to harm others, has exterior motives
and reasons to not fight for others, however, is able to find good again and
makes peace with himself making him an evil
figure with the ultimate good heart. Hassan is used as a scapegoat to cover up
his insecurities towards his relationship with Baba. Anger consumes him to get
rid of Hassan as well as the guilt of betrayal. For all of that, rescuing Sohrab
is an act of loyalty towards his love for Hassan.
Although Amir destroyed the lives of many people, and he has had more
than one opportunity to redeem himself of guilt, he is not the selfish little
boy he once was. Everyone may not be good but there’s always something good in
everyone. Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every
sinner has a future.