Kite Runner: Chapters 10-13 Passage Analysis

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Kite Runner: Chapters 10-13 Passage Analysis “America was different...I embraced America” (144). This moment is important to the novel because it demonstrates a new life for Amir and allows him to put his past behind him. When Amir thinks, “America was different. America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past...let the waters carry me someplace far. Someplace with no ghosts, no memories, and no sins. If for nothing else, for that, I embraced America” (144), in response to thinking about Kabul’s current state, he eagerly embraces the opportunity in America that allows him to move forwards, regardless of his past. He rambles about how America is like a river, is a stream of water that continuously flows towards an ocean or lake, because of the country’s nature to move forwards and disregards the past. Amir is able to propel himself forwards to someplace his past does not exist. He is able to let his sins of the past, his haunting past with Hassan, to be forgotten as the river quickly washes it away the bottom as it sinks. Amir’s past is forgotten as he allows the river to let his sins drown to the bottom and the water to carry him someplace far. When Amir states, “If for nothing else, for that, I embraced America” (144), there is an emphasis on the severity of the negative effects of his past on him. It shows that until he moved to America, his tensions with Hassan were still very severe. It seems as if Amir is implying that he did not forgive himself for not doing anything about Hassan being raped by Assef, and because of that reason alone, he has suffered greatly and embraces America for its ability to put his past behind him. This shows that Amir is willing to sacrifice his dad’s happiness in order to leave his sinful past, because earlier, he states in the quote, “For Baba, a place to mourn his.”, that America is a place for Baba to mourn for his
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