Comparison Of Khaled Hosseini 's The Kite Runner And Ernest Hemingway 's A Soldier 's Home
While homes have sentimental value that can’t be replaced, people find ways to create new homes because they’ve lost touch with their past homes, have their homes destroyed and taken away, or must adjust to their surroundings and create new homes.
Losing the connection to your past home is a recurring theme in both Khaled Hosseini 's The Kite Runner and Ernest Hemingway’s A Soldier’s Home. Both of these texts have significant events, both being war, that draws the main character away from the home they were once attached to. In The Kite Runner, after the Russians invade Afghanistan, Amir’s hometown Kabul is completely destroyed and the Taliban continue to cause chaos even to this day. When Amir returns to the rusty gates that guarded his home, he describes the scene as “the house itself was far from the sprawling white mansion I remembered from my childhood. It looked smaller,” (Hosseini 262). Not only did Amir lose the mental attachment to the house as the grand place he grew up in, but he also loses a physical sense of it by seeing it as small and no longer the grand palace he once called his “home”. Amir lost the connection he had to this past home which, in reality, defines homes as a place you can lose your connection to. In a similar way as seen by Krebs in A Soldier’s Home, the main character loses his connection to the home he once loved before going into World War I. This short story gives insight on the struggles of returning from a war and…