This compelling novel tells the story of Afghani people from the 1970s till now. It follows Amir as he comes to age while dealing with the horrific events around him. The Kite Runner gives us insight on what was like for a child during the Russian invasion and how it affects a young child to not receive empathy from a parent during these times.
For you, a thousand times over.
Through the time we spend with Amir he goes through a ton . Starting with seeing Hassan being sexually assaulted. Then, dealing with the guilt/ regret of just watching and choosing to try to stop his father from protecting a family. As he grew he noticed that he needed to help his friend Rahim Khan back in Afghanistan. Throughout this time though he is faced with the failure of trying to find his nephew even though he doesn't know where he is. Lastly, he comes to accept that the world is complicated and everything isn't morally correct and notices the confidence and assurance he needs.
Multiple subliminal symbols are placed throughout The Kite Runner such as, the lamb representing innocence and helplessness. Or the pmegranate tree symbolizing peace and togetherness. The pomegrante was used as a representation of Amir's guilt and regret when he was throwing them at Hassan because of how he was physically and mentally progecte those things onto an innocent Hassan. The last one that caught my eye was the coloring book anology that Rahim Khan used representing an innocent, ignorant child.
The Kite Runner
Amir: My Past Still haunts my dreams. Hassan:No Matter what, I'll be here. Baba:Men stand for what they believe. Assef:Rid this country of those peasants. Rahim Khan: Accept and embrace these children. Soharb: Honor for my dear father, Hassan.
The author was born and raised in Afghanistsan in the 70s during this fight for power and war. He ended up moving to northern California around his teenage years and graduted college there. After graduating, he was forced into an arranged marriage. Later on in life, he started a nonprofit organiztion for Afghan assistance. These things inspired Khaled in writing this and it gave him an exact basis of facts to include in this novel.
This is an excellent novel to read in schools because of the real-world issues it tackles. It brings our attention to real things like, sexual assault, war in Afghanistan, and mental disease. Students need to have their eyes opened to these things because the world is cruel and teenagers and on the bridge of being thrown into it alone.