Do you think being forced to flee from Afghanistan and move to the U.S. changed Amir in The Kite Runner? Explain.

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The move to California was the best thing that could have happened to Amir at the time. He is able to start a new life, distancing himself from the sins he had committed against Hassan as well as the Russians who had made the move necessary. Amir is able to attend a more modern school and get a good education, graduating from college and beginning his dream of becoming a writer. Although Baba does not fare as well, losing the power and prestige that he so enjoyed in Kabul, Amir doesn't seem as affected by his father's loss of wealth. He and Baba are able to bond at last as a father and son, primarily on their weekend excursions to the San Jose flea market. Amir discovers the girl of his dreams there, and he makes Baba proud by marrying into the Taheri family. Amir is never able to completely forget about his injustices toward Hassan, but the self-confidence he gained in America made him realize that the return trip to his homeland may atone for his past mistakes and find that

There is a way to be good again.
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