Compare and contrast how Khaled Hosseini and Tennessee Williams present the past affecting the present in The Kite Runner and A Streetcar Named Desire.

The authors present the past affecting the present differently because of the different formats of the works. The Kite Runner is told by a protagonist-narrator. Most of Streetcar is told through the characters’ dialogue, setting, and on-stage action. Hosseini has greater freedom to tell the reader how past incidents affect the present. Amir says that incidents in 1975 "made me what I am today.” In Streetcar, Blanche talks about her past, and Stanley talks about hers off-stage and onstage.

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Both A Streetcar Named Desire and The Kite Runner present sufferings that are intimately linked to a very troubled past. The numerous psychological and relationship problems encountered by Blanche DuBois in the former are a direct consequence of a dark and troubled past. Driven out of town after conducting an illicit relationship with one of her students, Blanche hopes to escape the past by staying in New Orleans with her sister Stella.

But Stanley Kowalski makes sure that she can't by digging up all the sordid details of what happened back in Laurel. To some extent, Blanche is trying to find redemption for the sins of the past, and she attempts to achieve this by starting a relationship with Mitch. But after Mitch discovers the truth about her promiscuous past, all hopes of redemption for Blanche are pretty much over.

In The Kite Runner , Amir is also trying to escape from a troubled past. But as with Blanche, he isn't entirely successful. Ever since he conspired to have his friend Hassan...

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