The Kite Runner is about the life of a wealthy, Amir and his servant best friend, Hassan that live in Afghanistan, Syria. Throughout the story Hassan finds how Amir is not as loyal as he could be. Pushing their friendship to an edge. The war takes over forcing Amir, his father and dozens more to flee. Eventually moving out to America, Amir finds his love toward literature. Later on Rhahim Khan, one of Baba's good friends, asks for his help all the way from Afghanistan. He returns to not only help Rahim Khan but to find out the truth about his childhood family.
A. In Amir's early year, he and Hassan would always run around and do evil stuff. For example, they would climb up a tree and hit the neighbor's dog with a slingshot. B. When Hassan was assaulted Amir was there. That moment brought up a really big topic to Amir and Hassan's lives that had to be handled with maturity. Something that Amir didn't quite have at the time. C. Some moral challenges that Amir feels guilty in some way of what happens to Hassan. Someway they'll have to deal with this. D. An external pressure that Amir faces is when he saw Hassan the first couple of times after he was assaulted. He felt pressured to say something but all that Amir wanted was to ignore Hassan and the situation. E. Later on Amir feels disappointed with himself. He could have helped Hassan in the alley, but he didn't. He decided it was better to flee. F. Amir accepts that the world is much crueler than he thought. There's no lie that what happened to Hassan is a dark thing that brings out the sad reality of the world. Also, he later finds out that Hassan was his brother. Amir felt truly hurt that his father lied to both of them. G. Knowing that Hassan was Amir's brother, Hassan also had a son. He was held captive by Assef. Amir went out to save him because he feels that he had failed Hassan by not standing up for him in the alley. And by doing this he feels that is a way of saying sorry to Hassan.
1) lamb: symbolizes atonement for sins by blameless to suffer. Hassan has been willing to take on the role for Amir by accepting punishment for Amir's misbehavior standing up for Amir, and allowing Amir to take credit for mutual successes. 2) slingshot: symbolizes the two generations( Hassan's and his son Sohrab's). It represents both their childhoods as well as their bravery to protect Amir from Assef. 3) pomegranate tree: symbol of Amir and Hassan's childhood friendship. While under the tree, Amir and Hassan shared significant moments and conversations between each other. 4) Hassan's cleft lip: symbolizes his poverty and low social status, especially compared to Amir.
Perspective and Single Story
1) Assef: "Hassan doesn't belong with the Pashtuns." 2) Rahim Khan: "There's a way to be good." 3) Amir: "Don't call Sohrab a Hazara again."
Facts about the author: 1) He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. 2) Founder of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. 3) Author of A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed. Khaled Hosseini lived his childhood in Afghanistan. He loved kite fighting and Western films, like Amir. Hosseini left his country to live in America and saw his family adjust to a new life in a foreign land, a basic theme that is portrayed in the book.
The KIte Runner and our study of Afghanistan has broaden my perspective about this country and its people by knowing that no matter the religion people can be extremely loyal to one another. A lot of us think that by being born into a certain religion, it determines how we should act. For example, people makes us believe that all Afghanistan people are people that are terrorists with bad intentions. But in reality, they are loyal to their religion, family and country. Not all of them are bad people. Alot of them have good, strong faith and its just the bad stereotype and stigmas that ruin the thought of them.