The Kite Runner Questions and Answers
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“I became what I am at the age of twelve.” Do Amir’s opening words prove to be accurate?  

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The great English poet William Wordsworth once famously said that "the child is father to the man," meaning that the experiences of one's formative years strongly influence how one's later life turns out. Amir's opening words in The Kite Runner are a prime example of this. The terrible sight that he witnesses at the age of twelve—the brutal sexual assault of his father's servant, Hassan—marks him for life.

And not only the actual event itself is significant in this regard, but Amir's reaction to it as well. For Amir, to his eventual shame, uses Hassan's rape as an opportunity to get him out of his father's life, thus...

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