Kite Runner Movie vs. Book
Period 4: Sabur Khan
Similarities present in both
Also the one who guides Amir to help him atone for his guilt was Rahim Khan, the good friend of Amir's father who had an idea about what happened to Hassan as a child and was giving Amir advice on how he can make it up to Hassan. Hassan and his father were portrayed as Hazara's who were originally from a different part of Afghanistan. However details are mentioned too much about it in the movie. Speaking of differences let's look at a few.
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Differences Between the book and the movie
Physical descriptions were another aspect of the book that were not brought into the movie which actually were in the book. Two primary examples were Hassan's harelip which was not present at all in the movie which also knocked out the part of the book where Hassan had a surgery to remove that very harelip on his birthday, instead he simply got a kite. The second example is that of Hassan's father Ali. Ali had a limp due to his right leg being crippled. However the movie forgets this detail and shows him as a healthy man who can walk on two legs. This also affect his death caused by the landmines. The limp was the cause of his foot activating a landmine however in the movie it was portrayed as a mistake.
Physical descriptions were not the only thing left out in the movie. A very important detail which is the essential part of the whole book is merely mentioned in the movie whereas in the book it is given the most intricate detail possible. This detail is that of Hassan's rape as a child by the neighborhood bully Assef on a dead end. The whole book is focused on that one event and Amir's guilt for not helping Hassan out during the rape. The whole rape situation was the only reason that Amir went back to Afghanistan from the U.S in the first place. The only reason he went was to repent for his crime through saving Hassan's son Sohrab. Another detail that was totally taken out of the movie as a whole was Assef's origins and their effect on his crimes within the book. Assef was a half German blonde kid as described by Amir in the book and he admired Hitler and his actions of brutal chaos which caused him to inflict such pain and tragedy upon Hassan and his son. However in the movie he is just portrayed as a madman with no legit reason for raping children other than his own pleasure.