Essay on The Devil 's Arithmetic By Jane Yolen, And The Kite Runner

1416 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
“Redemption has several specific meanings. [It is] salvation from the states or circumstances that destroy the value of human existence itself” (Clark 77). The states or circumstances mentioned in the quote above are linked to the sins humans commit or the regret and guilt that stains our minds after performing immoral actions. Once these sins are implemented, one naturally receives the desire to redeem such actions. This concept of redemption is quite popular in the storyline of many different novels. The main characters in those novels demonstrate human behavior and manage mistakes that they soon regret. Therefore, the grand demonstration of redemption following the battle of self-loath and shame from the main character provides a sort of satisfaction for the reader. The many different forms of redemption and how it co-depends with remorse in order to deliver the full satisfaction for readers are demonstrated with examples from two novels, The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, as well as in a real life sense. First off, the focus will be on Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic. In the novel, the main character that finds herself requiring salvation is Hannah Stern. The story takes place at a family congregation for a holiday of remembering the crucially important history of their Jewish ancestry. Hannah faulted when she demonstrated an unappreciative attitude for this anniversary of her ancestors’ past in the gruesome Holocaust.…

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