The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Summary

Amir lives in a fairly beautiful house with his father, he calls Baba, and their servants, Ali and Hassan. Amir's mother died giving birth to him, and Hassan's mom ran off soon after he was born. Ali and Hassan are Hazaras. They are seen as a lower class then Amir and Baba. Ali gets some abuse from the neighborhood boys. To make things worst Amir doesn't get nearly enough attention from his father and Amir thinks it's because of Hassan. Baba seems to dislike Amir at some parts of the story. Amir wants to win a kite-fighting tournament to earn his father's love. Amir actually wins. When Hassan goes to get Amir’s kite he is met by Wali, Kamal, and Assef. He is raped by Assef. Amir sees this and he doesn’t do anything to stop the boys from raping Hassan.“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”Page 275 out of 374 Paragraph 6. Because Amir is jealous of Baba giving Hassan affection Amir plants the watch he got for his birthday and money in Hassan’s room to frame him as a thief. Though Baba forgives Hassan he and Ali still leave. Around the same time as the kite fight a war comes to Afghanistan so Amir and Baba escape to California. In California Amir and Baba struggle to make ends meat. But while in California Amir meets Soraya his future wife. He wants Amir to come back to Afghanistan, cryptically telling Amir, "There is a way to be good again" Page 2 of 374 paragraph 3. Rahim Khan brings Amir up to speed on what's happened since he's left Afghanistan. He, Hassan, and Farzana moved into Baba's house. But the Taliban brutally executed Hassan and Farzana, leaving Sohrab orphaned. Now, Sohrab is somewhere in Kabul without any family or protection. Rahim Khan wants Amir to go to Kabul and rescue Sohrab. Amir is resistant at first, but Rahim Khan tells Amir that Hassan was his half-brother. Amir goes to look for Sohrab and finds him in a Taliban camp. A Talib official, who's also a pedophile, and who also happens to be that vile Assef, is keeping Sohrab in his home. Amir is no match for Assef. Sohrab, like Hassan before him, is a whiz with the slingshot. Sohrab nails Assef right in the eye, blinding him. Amir and Sohrab escape. They go to America and there Sohrab tries to commit suicide. Though Sohrab survives, he doesn't fully forgive Amir. Amir takes Sohrab to the park where some Afghans are flying kites. Sohrab and Amir fly a kite together and even fight another kite and win.

Analysis of Amir

In the beginning of the book Amir was a spoiled and jealous boy. He is also cowardly, we see this when Hassan is being raped and Amir does nothing to help; and almost right after Hassan is raped Amir frames him as a thief. Later in the book we see that Amir feels regret for what he did and wants to take it all back. Through out the book we see Amir go up from being a spoiled and jealous boy to a responsible and caring man.

Conflict/Resolution

In The Kite Runner Amir faces Character vs self. When he is feeling regret about what he did to Hassan he tries to get past it but he can't. He keeps remembering what he did to his childhood best friend and he keeps telling himself that he is a terrible person and that he should have never done what he did to Hassan. He resolves his guilt by trying to find Hassan. He finds out that Hassan has died and that his son is out in the world so Amir goes to find Sohrab. By finding Sohrab he feels at peace with what he did to Hassan.

Theme

The theme of The Kite Runner is that you can't run from your past. You must be strong and face what you have done and what others have done to you. “It’s wrong what they say about the past. I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.” Page 1 out of 374 Paragraph 1.

Textual Evidence

”It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”Page 119 out of 374

This is my favorite quote because something that happens in one day can really change your whole life. I can relate to this quote because this has happened to me. Your life can really change because of one day.

Book Review

I give The Kite Runner a 5 out of 5 star rating. I love this book. It is realistic and relate able. People who read this book will be captivated my the dialogue and by Amir and how he matures as he grows older.

The Kite Runner Trailer

The Kite Runner Trailer

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