The Influence of the Past on the Present Yolanda lopez 5th

Events from the past can shape who one becomes and who they'll turn into in the long run. In the novel "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini the main character Amir has experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout his life. Hosseini develops the influence of the past on the present as a theme through the characters of Assef, Baba, and on Amir constantly being reminded of Hassan.

At the beginning of the novel which is in the past, Assef has a big role to play in "The Kite Runner." Assef is a very strong character in this novel because he influences a lot that happens in the rest of the book. Assef said this about Hassan before he rapes him, "And there's nothing sinful about teaching a lesson to a disrespectful donkey." (pg 75) This is how much Assef lowers other people just because of who they are. With him doing this repeatedly it shows how he has stayed the same throughout the time. In the presence you can see Assef has not changed by the way he treats Hassan's son. "Put it down or what I'm doing to him will be a gentle ear twisting compared to what I'll do to you." (pg. 290) This shows how he can still care less about what he does to others. He has stayed the same throughout the whole novel from how he treated Hassan to how he treated Hassan's son. Due to Assef's actions in the past it influenced Amir to help save Hassan's son.

Baba has a had a huge influence in this book from the start, his relationship with Amir changed a lot throughout the whole novel. His character in the past intimidated his son, Amir never thought he was ever going to satisfy his father. Amir said, "I found the idea of Baba clobbering a thief both exhilarating and terribly frightening." (pg. 18) Baba was always a man of his word and he always said that nothing is worse in the world than a liar and a thief. From the ending of the book we all know that Baba himself betrayed his own word due to him hiding the truth about him being Hassan's real birth father. "I'm thirty-eight years old and I've just found out my whole life is one big ... lie!" (pg. 223) Amir was shocked by what he had just found out. Baba at first was very strict and then throughout the middle of the book you can finally see his character develop into the Baba that gave the last thing he had to his son Amir so he could get married. Baba truly did love Hassan as his own son as well, so in the end of the book the audience can see how Baba's past actions influenced Amir into putting others before himself.

Amir has gone through so much in this book because he is constantly reminded of his best friend, Hassan who later on in the book he finds out he's his brother. There was two events in this novel that the audience could truly see the influence of the past and the present and how silly it is that history repeats itself. After Amir and Hassan competed in the kite running competition it specifies how Hassan went to go get the winning kite for Amir. "For you a thousand times over! said Hassan," then he smiled his Hassan smile," said Amir. (pg. 67) That was the last time Hassan truly smiled. After that event he gets raped and Amir knew and didn't do anything about it. He lived with that guilt until he had a chance to make it right by saving Hassan's son, Sohrab. After going to American and coming back to Afghanistan for a favor that Rahim Khan needed he discovered that Hassan was killed by the Taliban and he had to save his son Sohrab. After everything that occurred they came back to America, Sohrab was mute at first but Amir made him feel at home. As Amir stated on the very last page, "I blinked and the smile was gone. But it had been there. For you a thousand times over... It was only a smile, nothing more." (pg. 371) This quote closes up the story from the first time the audience saw it appear when Hassan said it to Amir and now we see it once again when Amir repeats Hassan's words and says it to Sohrab.

The influence of the past on the present had a great impact on Amir. He went through so much and the process was very difficult, from living in complete guilt to finally letting everything go. It shaped Amir into the man he was at the end of the book.

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