The Idea of Returning Home in Rush Home Road and Kite Runner
“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”
(Author Unknown, Thinkexist.com)
This quote means that you have many moments in life that are simply just to take up time and carry one throughout the years but memories are much more important and stay in one’s head forever with no time limit. This quote is significant to the two novels Rush Home Road and Kite Runner because each protagonist has a past that they carry with them throughout their years. Their memories of tragedy are with them forever and there is no way of escaping them permanently. In the novels Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the protagonists, Addy and Amir, are constantly drawn back home by recalling difficult memories, through adoption, and with the idea that they have a mission to complete.
In Rush Home Road, the main character, Adelaide Shadd begins to have flashbacks of her past and old life after she adopts Sharla into her life. She has tried hard over the years to bury these memories in the back of her mind and forget about them but they tend to lead her in the direction of home instead. When Addy zones out she recalls difficult times of her past. She relives getting raped, being alone and abandon, and many deaths within her life. As she remembers these moments she is drawn back to her old life mentally and eventually physically as well.
Similarly, in the book Kite Runner the protagonist is also both mentally and physically drawn back home. After Amir stands by his Hazara servant and best friend get raped everything changes in his life. Hassan and he are no longer friends and they become very distant, Hassan and his father, Ali, leave Baba and Amirs’ household to make things better for everyone. Baba and Amir eventually leave Kabul to live somewhere safer and more stable and they end up in America. Amir begins fresh and his past gets pushed to the back of his mind. Although he still lives with the guilt of making the wrong choice and not stopping the event, he is able to live a normal life for the most part. Amir receives a phone call from Rahim Khan one day and is asked to visit him because he is ill and at the end of the call, said almost as an afterthought, Rahim says to Amir “Come. There is a way to be good again” (192). Amir is faced with his past and he has to make a decision. When he decides to go see Rahim he learns about Hassan’s life and he is asked to rescue Hassan’s son from an orphanage in Afghanistan. Amirs first instinct is to say no, but he thinks it through and decides to do the right thing which brings him back to his home in Kabul.
Adoption is a big part in the novel Rush Home Road, Publishers Weekly states “As Addy turns Sharla from a malnourished, heedless child into a healthy, thoughtful girl, she recollects her own past.” Not only does Addy get abandoned at a young age and has to take it upon herself to find a new family and home, but she also does the right thing when it comes to Sharla. When Sharla’s mother leaves without notice Sharla is left with no one and Addy chooses to take care of her and provides her with a family and stable home. Through the process of raising Sharla, Addy is reminded of her previous life
and this triggers her flashbacks. Adelaide frequently thinks about her daughter, Chick, who passed away in a train accident with her Husband Mose. When it comes to dress Sharla, Addy gives her Chicks old dress, and when it comes Sharla’s birthday she receives Chicks old doll. As Addy continues to go through day to day life with young Sharla she remembers more and more of her past and this is what causes her to be mentally drawn back home. As well as returning home mentally, Addy also returns home physically when she and Sharla go for a drive with Earl Bolton and their car breaks down, it happens to be right inside of Rusholme, Addy’s hometown. Addy discovers the truth...
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