AP English Literature and Composition Free Response Question
The past is never really in the past, it always finds a way to affect a person in the future and present. A character is affected by their past and responds through their present actions, attitudes and values. In the Kite Runner, Amir is impacted by these past events and responds both positively and negatively. The events from Amir’s past include those from his childhood in Afghanistan with his former best friend and half-brother Hassan. Amir’s past events not only change the way he lives in the world, but more importantly the way he sees the world.
As a child Amir had a best friend named Hassan whom had impacted his life more than any other character. Hassan had been the first person to make a change in Amir’s life. Unfortunately Hassan was a victim of rape and Amir had witnessed this event, but did nothing to stop it. Amir’s guilt of not stopping this crisis had contributed to his future actions. This event impacted Amir greatly and for that reason Amir loses contact with Hassan after falsely accusing him of taking his belongings. Amir’s guiltiness taunts him overtime and influences him into committing more wrong doings, but also influences him into correcting those wrong doings.
Throughout the story Amir’s past always finds its way into the present. Hassan and Amir’s eventually drift apart because of Hassan’s rape and this leads to Hassan forming his own family. Unfortunately Hassan and his wife both die, leaving their daughter alone. This causes Amir to search for their child in order to relieve himself of the guiltiness he has always had. Amir is influenced by this because he becomes familiar with the struggles one may face in life. Once Amir realizes what he had done wrong, he is influenced into correcting his mistakes especially when he finds out Hassan had died. He does this throughout the story by adopting Hassan’s child and taking a beating from Assef as well as giving a family the...
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