Kite Runner Crit Essay

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In The Kite Runner, Hosseini suggests that memories often provide a foundation for one’s present day behavior. “Your past comes back to haunt you,” is often used to express how many individuals come to regret their actions. This quote is often associated with negative memories, such as having an unnecessary argument that ended a friendship. In truth though, being overly fond of one’s past can lead someone to become dissatisfied with the life they currently lead. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of Amir, and his struggle to move on from his past. He betrays his closest friend, and craves attention from a father that is not as honorable as he seems. In The Kite Runner, Hosseini suggests that memories often provide a foundation for one’s present day behavior. A clear demonstration of the crippling control that one’s past has is Khaled Hosseini’s use of the character, Amir. After betraying Hassan, and allowing the rape to take place, Amir is plagued by guilt. He also develops insomnia due to his feelings of shame. A prime example of Amir’s guilt is his attack of Hassan with pomegranates. Hosseini reveals that Hassan did indeed know that Amir saw his rape and ran, yet when Amir pleads for Hassan to hit him as a form of repentance and begins throwing pomegranates; Hassan breaks the pomegranate on himself instead. Once again Hassan shows his undying loyalty for Amir, which in turn makes Amir feel the need to remove Hassan from his life as a way to escape his guilt. Even when the setting switches to Fremont though, it is evident that Amir has not escaped his guilt. The author uses the imagery of Hassan’s corduroy pant to stress that Amir is still greatly impacted by that day, even if Hassan is no longer in Amir’s life. Also, it is expressed that Amir longs to be able to share his secrets, just like Soraya does, but cannot because he fears his past is

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