Kite Runner Essay

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Submitted By nick99
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The Influence of the Past
The past will forever be a part of the present, it affects who we become and how we live our lives. Depending on a specific past, future lives can be affected positively or negatively. In the novel The Kite Runner Baba, Amir and Hassan all had violent pasts which negatively impacted their future and how they viewed themselves and their lives. There was a point in each of their lives where their childhood ended with just one event. Amir watched his friend/brother get raped for the wellbeing of himself, Hassan’s mother left him when he was born mainly because of his appearance, and Baba and Amir lost a wife and mother at the time Amir was born. All these events attributed to a problematic childhood and future. Having a difficult past can limit how you perceive yourself, how you perceive others and how you look at life as a whole. In these following paragraphs I will discuss in detail about Hassan, Baba’s and Amir’s lives including specifics as to how their lives are different due to their intense emotional pasts.
Facing rejection can be hard enough as is, however when the rejection comes from the one woman who brought you into this world, that’s when the real damage sets in. Hassan was merely a newborn boy when his mother rejected him the first time, for something so small, and for something he couldn’t control. After Sanaubar had given birth, she took “one glance at the baby in Ali's arms, [saw] the cleft lip, and barked a bitter laughter. [...]. She had refused to even hold Hassan, and just five days later she was gone” (29-30). A mother is supposed to nurture you, care for you and love you no matter what and Hassan missed out on this growing up. This permanently damaged him, whether it was subconsciously or not. As Hassan grew up, having a mother was not something he was accustomed too, so he aged without a mothers touch or nurture. This…...