The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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  • Amir doesn't treat his friend, Hassan, as an equalservant in competition for his fathers praise. 
  • After winning the kite tournament, Hassan is abused while Amir hides
  • Amir frames Hassan for stealing, so he doesn't have to face him.
  • "My favorite part of reading to Hassan was when we came across a big word he didn't know. I'd tease him; expose his ignorance."             Page 30
  • Hassan and his father leave, knowing Amir had framed him
  • "I had one last chance to make a decision. One final                  Page 82 opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I couldstep into that alley, stand up for Hassan- the way he'dstood up for me all those times in the past- and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran."
  • Amir and his father move to America to flee from the Talibanfather to flee from the Taliban war
  • "I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watchand a handful of Afghan bills under it. I waited another thirty minutes. Then I knocked on Baba's doorand told what I hoped to be the last in a long line of shameful lies."                      Page 110
  • Amir starts his new life in America, unable to forget his betrayle
  • "Ali glanced my way and in his cold, unforgiving look, I saw that Hassan had told him. ""Strangely, I was glad that someone knew me for who I really was; I was tired of pretending."  Page 112
  • "For me, America was a place to bury my memories.For Baba, a place to mourn his."   Page 136
  • "That summer of 1983, I graduated from highschool.""Baba rolled his head towards me. "I wish Hassan had been with us today" he said."   Page 141
  •  Amir's father dies, along with the secrets they both hold
  • Amir returns to Afghanistanto visit a dying family friend
  • He returns to his town of Kabul
  • "I opened my mouth and almost told my wife how I'd betrayed Hassan, lied, driven him out, and destroyeda 40 year relationship with Baba and Ali. But I didn't."Page 174
  • Amir finds Hassan's son in Kabul
  • "Amir Jan, I summoned you here because I wanted to see you before I die, but that's not all.""I want you to go to Kabul. I want you to bring Sohrabhere."   Page 232
  • Amir finds justice by facing his best friend's abuser in Kabul
  • "After all these years, I was home again, standing on the soil of my ancestors. On this soil, I had fought for my fathers love."         Page 253
  • Unable to re-write the wrongs of his past, Amir tires to be better
  • "The boy had his fathers round moon face, his pointy stub of a chin, his twisted seashell ears, and thesame slight frame."    Page 293
  • "Another rib snapped, this time the left lower. What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace."    Page 303
  • What had I done, other than take my guilt out on the very same people I had betrayed and then try to forget it all? What had I ever done to right things?" Page 317
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