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The image at the very beginning of The Kite Runner is the narrator remembering when he “came of age”, describing himself kneeling next to a crumbling brick wall.
I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. (ch 1)
Amir reflects that he has learned that you can’t bury the past. Opening the book with this image is significant because Amir has to confront the difficult things that have happened to him, and the situation he left behind in Afghanistan now that he is comfortably in America.
Beginning the story with this image prepares the reader to be transported to a harsher time, and a time when Amir had a difficult life. It is foreshadowing of the story the reader is about to experience.
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