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The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a tragic tale of guilt and redemption. The book details the life of Amir as he wrestles with the guilt of seeing Hassan raped, and later redeems himself by helping Hassan’s son Sohrab cope with extreme abuse at the hands of Assef. While some would argue the main theme of the book is redemption, I believe that the theme is simple: the past does define us, but it is through the past that we find ultimate significance. Clearly through the journey of Amir, Hosseini shows how the past haunted him throughout the years. Amir starts off the story with “I became what I am today at the age of twelve…” (1), this clearly shows how invested in the past Amir is. Amir dwells on his past frequently, and credits his past with making him the person he has become. While most people would let the past stay in the past, Amir welcomes the idea of his past being the forefront of his life. 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. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years. (1) Amir establishes here that he constantly replays the horrible events of Hassan’s rape for the last twenty-six years. Clearly, the past defined Amir’s viewpoint on the world and how everything works. By looking through the past on a deeper level, Amir found that his distant father was not so distant after all. Amir
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