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In many ways, one could argue that Amir's relationship with the past is what makes up the entire novel and is driving the action. As Amir recounts his entire life was based around trying to deal with that one moment during his childhood. Of course there were other things he had to work out about his relationship with his father and Hassan but he was always looking back.
And he makes it clear that this working out of the past, this force driving him from the past is what made him who he was and what determined the depth and the breadth of his relationships and his vision of himself.
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