Author of many children’s books, Karen Mueller Coombs has illustrated that, “often the right path is the one that may be hardest for you to follow. But the hardest path is the one that will make you grow as a human being” (“Karen Mueller Coombs”, 2013). This statement explains how regardless of what circumstances or experiences a person goes through in life, an individual’s character will grow and evolve. This concept is demonstrated in The Kite Runner and The Flying Troutmans. Both main characters display that despite being brought up in different situations, their past choices evolve their characters. Their family complications are decreased and their family foundation becomes stronger. In The Kite Runner, Amir is a young Pashtun boy with a privileged childhood. Hattie is a character in The Flying Troutmans who is a selfless woman with a rough family history. The concept of decreased family complications is evident in both novels when Amir and Hattie find selflessness in experiences and relationships they encounter, by accepting the truth of their realities and empathizing with other members of their family to strengthen their family relationships.
Miriam Towes, author of The Flying Troutmans, provides evidence of the main character, Hattie, demonstrating selfless qualities during her childhood, which enables her relationship with her family to strengthen. Most children focus on playing games, however, at the age of eight Hattie spent an entire week travelling to different hospital wards to support her mother, father, and sister. Hattie demonstrated her family importance to her by,
“Spend[ing] twenty minutes, silently, at each bedside, and then spend[ing] twenty minutes searching every vending machine for change… It was really important to [her] that everything [she] did in the hospital lasted no more or no less than twenty minutes. It was [her] twenty-minute survival plan” (The Flying Troutman, pg. 94-95).
Years later she takes care of her sister Min and her two children, Logan and Thebes. Her selflessness is proven when she receives a call from the kids insisting she leave Paris and come home, which she willingly does. Even though Hattie has always felt unwelcomed by her sister since birth, she continues to try to rebuild their relationship. This is evident at the hospital when Hattie leaves Paris to comfort her niece and nephew while her sister is ill. Hattie demonstrates selflessness by putting her own life on the back burner to take her niece and nephew on a road trip to find their father. “You, me, Thebie, we’re going on a road trip, I said. We’re gonna look for Cherkis” (The Flying Troutmans, pg.52). These examples demonstrate Hattie’s devotion to strengthen the relationship in her family.
Both novels provide notable progression of characters becoming more selfless and caring towards others. Both Amir and Hattie have many of the same characteristics, one being selflessness. Like Hattie, Amir also experienced moments of selflessness as...