Kite Runner

In: English and Literature

Submitted By kali5
Words 384
Pages 2
The Kite Runner

“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.”  That quote by Amir illustrates the major theme of The Kite Runner, which is the past is always right behind you. The author Khaled Hosseini lets the reader know this at the very beginning of the book when the older Amir says “I became what I am today at the age of twelve...”, this lets us know that this whole book is based on the past and has always affected Amir’s actions. All the characters in this allow the past to control them.
p Letting the past control your future will lead to your downfall in life. Everybody has a past and everybody has regrets, this is a fact of life. That theme resonates throughout the book as you meet new people and learn about their history. Every character in this book clings to their past as if it were a lifesaver and they were stuck in the middle of the ocean. In reality them clinging to their past is more like tying themselves to a boulder and sinking to the bottom of the ocean. If one cannot let go of the past one cannot move forward because they are always facing the wrong direction.
For most of the book Amir allow the past to dictate his actions. Amir, the protagonist, tries to find Hassan so he can get his kite back and show his father that he won. After awhile he stumbles upon Hassan surrounded by Assef, Kamal, and Wali in a alley. Amir realizes that if he doesn't interfine then he will get his kite back even though Hassan is the price. His selfishness and eagerness to please his father causes him to allow Assef to rape Hassan his best and only friend. This event has stuck with him ever since and has made him even more selfish than before. Hassan’s...