That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.
For Amir, the past is always with him, from the book’s first sentence, when he says he became what he is today at the age of twelve, to its final sentence. That’s because Amir defines himself by his past. His feelings of guilt for his past actions continue to motivate him.
Homeland and love of homeland are one of the major themes of the novel, The Kite Runner, for not only its writer but also its protagonist, Amir, are Afghan immigrants who make the United States their home. Amir thinks that America represents freedom and choice.