A Matter Of Fate Essay

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Throughout the novel, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini there are multiple occasions where actual historic events are introduced to the novel and the characters. These events give a little insight to how much the event impacts, either for good or for worse as well as some of the decisions they are forced to make in heated situations. The lives of multiple characters change drastically as these historical events begin and end, ultimately for better or for worse. Examples of character’s lives changing with these historical events include: Baba, Amir and Sohrab.
To begin, Baba’s life after fleeing his home of Afghanistan to America changes at its most critical aspects, one of these being his wealth. Back in Afghanistan Baba was known as very wealthy businessman in the Wazir Khan Akbar district. During Baba’s orphanage’s opening, Amir speaks about Baba’s success and his wealth: “But despite Baba’s successes, people were always doubting him. They told Baba that running a business wasn’t in his blood and he should study law like his father. So Baba proved them all wrong by not only running his own business but becoming one of the richest merchants in Kabul (Hosseini, 16). When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Baba left the country through a people smuggler along with his son to Pakistan then America. Once in America, Baba lives a poorer lifestyle working as a gas station assistant manager opposed to his business career in Afghanistan. Amir gives insight on their American living conditions saying: “ Our grimy one-bedroom apartment smelled like dirty socks and cat droppings…Six days a week, Baba pulled twelve-hour shifts pumping gas, running the register, changing oil, and washing windshields…face drawn and pale under the bright fluorescent lights…his eyes watering from fatigue (Hosseini, 138-139). Baba’s change of lifestyle to a much poorer one is a big change in his life because he now has lost everything he worked hard for back in Afghanistan. Another part of Baba’s life that changes is his health. At no point during the novel was Baba ever sick in Afghanistan, once living in America however Baba’s health immediately deteriorates and he eventually passes away. Shortly after moving to America, Amir comments on Baba’s opinion of America saying: “Baba loved the idea of America. It was living in America that gave him an ulcer” (Hosseini, 132). Baba loved the idea of America and therefore would enjoy living there if he decides to move. However in this case, Baba was unexpectedly forced to flee to America and is unable to prepare any possessions or money for the trip. With minimal resources in America Baba has to live and work under terrible conditions which would affect his health negatively. During Baba and Amir’s time with their eligibility officer Ms. Dobbins, Baba turns an offer for food stamps and says: “Thank you but I don’t want…I work always. In Afghanistan I work, in America I work. Thank you very much, Mrs. Dobbins, but I don’t like it...

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