The Kite Runner

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2-Hours Is Too Short

One forte of the book "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini is its detailed descriptions; every character and his/her relationship with each other are delineated delicately, and so is the emotional turbulence that Amir experiences through various stages of his life.

**Parts Eliminated / Curtailed From The Movie**
1) Ali and Baba's close relationship: Baba has a brotherly affection towards Ali as they spent their childhood together after Baba's father took care of orphaned Ali.

2) Details of Hassan and Amir's complex relationship, or the depth of it: Amir desires to tease and condescend Hassan, feels jealous for Hassan taking away part of Baba's affection, yet feels guilty for condemning the wrong done against Hassan.

3) Amir and Baba: Baba does love Amir, but shows contempt more often, hurting Amir. Baba lived a different life than Amir; he made his own fortune, was courageous, and athletic. Amir's mother passed away during childbirth (which is only slightly implied in the movie).

Memories never fade away...

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4) Sanaubar: Hassan's mother who ran away after giving birth to Hassan does not appear in the movie. Though a minor character, she helps the audience understand Hassan-his personality and his values better-as he accepts her when she returns during his adulthood.

5) Soraya and Amir: In the beginning, the young couple agrees not to adopt any children. But as Amir goes to Afganistan to find Sohrab, they change thier minds and not only accept but love the unfortunate boy. Such change is significant transition, one step towards maturity.

6) Rahim Khan: After winning the kite tournament, Amir, Baba, Rahim Khan, and others (excluding Hassan) go on a trip to Jalalabad. With his avuncular manners, Rahim Khan insinuates that he knows about Amir's dark secret. Amir's guilt grows even larger.

Movie vs. Book

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Movie covers the essential

The movie does not deviate far from the book. In fact, the movie did not add any new information; even the lines were almost word for word from the book. Yet it lacks the sophisticated and subtle development, especially emotional ones. Such differences does not affect the meaning of the book as a whole, though it abridges the lingering images as the audience is not fully exposed to the situation each characters faced. For instance, in the movie, the rape scene is bothering. In the book however, it is devastating as it describes how people around Hassan are deeply distressed. Or how Sohrab attempts suicide because he loses all hope of going to America when Amir tells him that he has to return to the orphanage for a few days. This lessens the impression, the heartache of the audience, of how dramatic situations can bring dramatic measures, the cruelness of the reality. On the other hand, Hassan accepting Sanaubar shows the value of forgiveness, acceptance, and love, which is also shown throughout the story. The change of Soraya and Amir's decision of adoption also highlights the importance of love as well. Insufficient delineation takes away the sense of reality from the movie, though both media address the persistent past and redemption.