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by Khaled Hosseini

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How is the theme of the 'past affecting the present' shown by different characters in The Kite Runner?

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Khaled Hosseini explores the theme of past affecting the present in his celebrated novel The Kite Runner through Amir and Baba's journey to seek redemption. Baba and Amir both betray their best friends and are overwhelmed with guilt and shame stemming from their actions. Both characters carry their guilt with them through life and eventually make sacrifices to atone for their sins and redeem themselves, which positively affects the lives of others.

Baba betrayed Ali by sleeping with his wife and refusing to acknowledge Hassan as his son. Baba hides the truth behind his illegitimate son and even...

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