In The Kite Runner, how is a character's view of the past used to develop a theme in the work? Also, I need help with the introductory paragraph on this topic.

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I think you can develop the theme of "atonement" using The Kite Runner. Amir is told by his father's friend, Rahim Khan that "there is a way to be good again" at the outset of the story. The entire story develops through Amir's attempt at and desire for atonement for what he did to Hassan, his Hazari "friend" and housemate.

For the question that you've asked, the structure of the story fits nicely. There is a prologue, or some such introduction in which we find out that the entire story will be told from past events. The conflict is offered in the beginning chapters; Hassan's brutal rape at the hands of Assef. It is set up in such a way that that the focus is on the guilt that Amir feels about not doing anything to help Hassan and then his continued abuse of Hassan through lies and psychological torment. It is only when Amir leaves Afghanistan that he realizes he should have done something about what happened, but even then, he goes reluctantly when offered the chance by Rahim Khan. Throughout the story, he wants atonement, but it is only when the chance is forced upon him that he actually makes the effort to atone for his misdeeds.

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