Explain how you can connect the main idea of The Kite Runner with issues or situations in our community.
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On the most minor note, I thought of bullying. We may not have the more serious situations described, but we do have people attacking each other. Rape is not uncommon, and children bully each other constantly at school. Except for the Taliban, we have some of the same bad elements unchecked in our society.
One of the most critical elements in Hosseini's work is the role of the Afghan community in relation to their connections to their lives in both the new world of America and the old world of Afghanistan. Amir leaves Afghanistan and settles into a good life in the states. He finds happiness and is well settled. The past of Afghanistan, for all practical purposes, is exactly that in that it is past. Yet, one of the themes of the book that speaks loudly to all of those who settle in the new world is that there is some connection to what is in the past. Whether it is the desire "to become good again" or facilitating a connection to one's own identity, the book makes it clear that is is both normal and healthy for individuals to explore this aspect of dual consciousness. At the end of the novel, when Amir is the kite runner for Sohrab, it represents a full circle for him, but also represents how his own past can be appropriated and integrated into vision of the present. Identity can live in both realms. It is here where there are some strong connections to any group of people who live with one foot in the new world and one in the old world.
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