After Hassan's rape in chapter 7, we see Amir's conflicting emotions gradually becoming his need for atonement and redemption.
The anger at himself for not intervening, which he takes out on Hassan, is shown where he throws the pomegrantes at Hassan.
“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” At the outset of Chapter 1, just as the book begins, Amir writes these words.
With them, he hints at the central drama of the story and the reason he is telling it.
He does this at the mosque, with 'the bright lights of the house of God shining on us' which shows Sohrab's close link with his religion, and foreshadows Amir later in the novel, when he becomes more religious.
In conclusion, the idea of redemption is portrayed as a universal theme, something which cannot be obtained until forgiveness is reached; not from God, but from yourself. All of Amir's actions and emotions are now influenced by this desire to redeem himself; his throwing of the pomegrantes aims to provoke Hassan into physically hurting him (Amir), and he ignores the gifts out of the feeling that he does not deserve them, and that ignoring them will bring him some form of redemption. Middle This is shown where he instructs the guards not to come into the room, saying that Amir and himself have to 'finish an old bit of business'.His euphemism here seems to be mocking Amir which suggests that he knows the impact that this fight will have on Amir and his redemption process.Although the theme of redemption is universal, it also has religious connotations, which are explored towards the end of th novel.As our protagonist, Amir's own journey of redemption is both a mental and physical one; going back to Kabul, the city of his childhood, to rescue Sohrab, thereby redeeming himself for what happened to Hassan all those years ago." showing that his father is equally as important to him as the idea of going to hell for what he did.Amir gives Sohrab reassurance, and a new chance in life, when he offers Sohrab the option of goign back to America with him.To the reader, the quotation functions as a teaser.It piques the reader’s interest without revealing exactly what Amir is talking about, and from the time period Amir mentions, twenty-six years, the reader gets an idea of just how important this moment was.Unlike the other characters, he is open to Amir about his guilt and fears.He says "Will God put me in hell for what I did to that man?