The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini is an extraordinary novel that brilliantly illustrates the personal struggles of normal people in the horrible sweep of history, and how those struggles affected their adult lives. One recurring theme that shows up in this book is redemption. Everyone has regrets in their lives or made decisions they regret. That is a fact. If you have no regrets then you’re not human; because it is in our nature to make mistakes even if it ruins our lives, which is exactly what happened with Amir, the protagonist. But no matter how hard he tries to redeem himself, he does not prevail: “I remembered the day on the hill I had pelted Hassan with pomegranates and tried to provoke him. He’d just stood there, doing nothing, red juice soaking through his shirt like blood. Then he’d taken the pomegranate from my hand, crushed it against his forehead. Are you satisfied now? he’d hissed. Do you feel better?” Ever since then, the guilt he felt has created a hole inside him that haunted him for years to come. “I hadn’t been happy and I hadn’t felt better, not at all. But I did now. My body was broken–just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later–but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.” Amir tried so hard for Hassan to retaliate, so he could feel better, but Hassan never does, and that stuck with him for the rest of his life. Because of how desperate Amir was to redeem himself, was willing to suffer anything, just to feel complete again. And he did, at the cost of his body.Vivir Mi Vida (to live my life) written by Marc Anthony shows how we should focus on the future or the present instead of dwelling in the past.This rendering of da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa painted by Fernando Botero was fascinating to me because it shows how every sees the world from a different standpoint, and how everyone has a different perspective. The painting shows Mona Lisa, except her entire body is wider and more fat and chubby cheeks. While some people ponder over her facial expression, Botero mind was thinking about something entirely different. It struck me how a painting this simple and attract really deep thoughts. Another thing about Botero is that he does what few other artist do: include humor in his paintings by making fun of famous figures.One theme that is prominent in this poem is racism, since the narrator described how a woman has a lack of self confidence just because she’s of the colored race. ” She does not know her beauty, she thinks her brown body has no glory.” This quote shows how the society we live in today determines people’s self worth according to race, where you’re stuck with what you were born with and nothing you can do will change it. El Poema de lo Reverso by Victor Hernandez Cruz brings to life many wonderful images and themes. It touches on the fact that everything in the world has an origin. “In which everything goes backwards in time and motion palm trees shrink back into the ground mangos become seeds… Where the sailors disembark and go back to their towns To their homes They become adolescents again become children infants.” This quote shows how something as complex as the Americas can begin with a bunch of kids who were soon to be sailors. He takes us back all the way to columbus’ voyages “I see Columbus’s three boats going backwards on the sea,” as well as focusing on all the sailors who would leave for the Americas and even mentions how their earlier lives coincides. However, the most important part is the last two words in his poem “in reverberation”. This shows how the bell ringing hundreds of years ago developed into the big events now.