The Examination of Complicated Relationships between The Flying Troutmans and The Kite Runner

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Author of many children’s books, Karen Mueller Coombs has illustrated that, “often the right path is the one that may be hardest for you to follow. But the hardest path is the one that will make you grow as a human being” (“Karen Mueller Coombs”, 2013). This statement explains how regardless of what circumstances or experiences a person goes through in life, an individual’s character will grow and evolve. This concept is demonstrated in The Kite Runner and The Flying Troutmans. Both main characters display that despite being brought up in different situations, their past choices evolve their characters. Their family complications are decreased and their family foundation becomes stronger. In The Kite Runner, Amir is a young Pashtun boy …show more content…

Even though Hattie has always felt unwelcomed by her sister since birth, she continues to try to rebuild their relationship. This is evident at the hospital when Hattie leaves Paris to comfort her niece and nephew while her sister is ill. Hattie demonstrates selflessness by putting her own life on the back burner to take her niece and nephew on a road trip to find their father. “You, me, Thebie, we’re going on a road trip, I said. We’re gonna look for Cherkis” (The Flying Troutmans, pg.52). These examples demonstrate Hattie’s devotion to strengthen the relationship in her family. Both novels provide notable progression of characters becoming more selfless and caring towards others. Both Amir and Hattie have many of the same characteristics, one being selflessness. Like Hattie, Amir also experienced moments of selflessness as a child. This is evident when Amir included his Hazara slave, Hassan, to participate with him in the kite running tournament. Amir considered Hassan as an equal, despite the cultural differences and the potential of social backlash. Assef said, “…you’re bothering me more than this Hazara here. How can you talk to him, play with him, let him touch you?” (The Kite Runner, pg. 44). Like Hattie as an adult, in order to strengthen the relationship with his newfound nephew, Amir sacrifices his newly adjusted life in America to adopt Sohrab from the atrocious conditions in Afghanistan. Amir

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