The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini follows the story of Amir, also the narrator, struggling to find his place in the world because of the aftereffects from a series of traumatic childhood events. Amir feels the influence of the past. He defines himself by his past. His feelings of guilt for his past actions continue to motivate him. He even feels responsible for the Taliban murdering his friend, Hassan, because he thinks he initiated the events that led to Hassan’s death. Amir states ‘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.’ Here Amir implies no matter how strong his efforts may be to avoid past events, he is unable to because his feelings of guilt keep arising. As a result, he figuratively continues ‘peeking into that deserted alley,’ where Hassan was assaulted and Amir’s cowardice prevented him from taking suitable action. The persistence of the past depicts the need for new eyes to confront the past, which will fulfi...
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...pose of changing perspectives. The symbolism in a ‘field of red poppies’ is juxtaposed to blood, providing yet another indication that the past is inescapable. Amir’s past is also inescapable since he struggles to accept his past and can only find comfort if he returns to his home country. The journey Skrzynecki writes about is a source of easing from emotional seclusion, shown metaphorically in ’Voices left their caves/Silence fell from its shackles,’ creating an uncertain mood of hope and demonstrating the migrants slowly opening up in an emotional sense. Skrzynecki’s depiction of journeys in Crossing the Red Sea is symbolic towards the purpose of a journey and how it affects individuals physically and emotionally. The same can be seen in The Kite Runner, as Amir remains to be under the effect of his journey because of his emotions and the guilt he still holds.
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