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The Kite Runner
Transcript of The Kite Runner
By: Maninder, Sameer, Stephen, and Tejbir
Introduction to "The Kite Runner"
About Khaled Hosseini:
Born 1965, in Kabul, Afghanistan; immigrated to United States, 1980.
Education: Santa Clara University, B.A., 1988; University of San Diego, M.D., 1993. Avocational Interests: Soccer, racquetball, writing. Addresses: Home: Northern, CA. Agent: Elaine Koster Literary Agency, 55 Central Park W., Ste 6, New York, NY 10023. writer of A Thousand Splendid Suns- #1
New York Times
The Kite Runner
May 29, 2003
point of view:
first person limited
Amir, Hassan, Baba, Ali, and Assef
1975 through 2001
"Creeks where Hassan and I skipped
stones all spring turned dry."
Amir is remembering all the good times with Hassan and how things have changed since he
"Then Hassan did pick up a pomegranate. He walked toward me.
He opened it and crushed it against his own forehead." (Hosseini, 98)
The tree symbolize the loyalty between the two friends, Amir and Hassan.
The pomegranate tree symbolizes the healthiness of the relationship between Amir and Hassan.
"Just like I pretended I hadn't seen that dark stain in the seat of his pants. Or those tiny drops that fell from between his legs and stained the snow black." (Hosseini, 84)
"I didn't want of it was all blood money; Baba would have never thrown me a party like that if I hadn't won the tournament." (Hosseini, 107)
"And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on that roof proud of me at last." (Hosseini, 71)
Baba's love and attention
"I was throwing my free arm around Hassan and we were hopping up and down, both of us laughing, both of us weeping." (Hosseini, 70)
The Struggle to do what
The guilt of doing a wrong deed will
always overshadow, any short term gains
\of that same wrong deed, leading to
misery and sorrow.
Discrimination will always be present
in the world and sometimes the
power of those that practice
discrimination can cause disaster.
In life people are always faced with the
decision to do what is right, even though
doing what is wrong may lead to temporary happiness, this happiness is short lived
and will last only a short time.
"Baba would buy us each three identical kites and
spools of glass string. If I changed my mind and
asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it
for me – but then he’d buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes
I wished he wouldn’t do that. Wished he’d let me be the favorite.” (Hosseini, 51)
This is one of the imagery used in Kite Runner.
The kites represent the friendship between Amir and Hassan and also the relationship between Amir and
Baba, his father.
"I opened my mouth, almost said nothing.
Almost. Rest of my life must have turned out differently if I had. But it didn't. I just watched. Paralyzed." (Hosseini, 78)
"That was when I understood the depth of the pain I had caused, the blackness of the grief I had brought onto everyone." (Hosseini, 113)
"Baba would buy us each three identical kites and spools of glass string. If I changed my mind and asked for a biggier and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me, but then he'd buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I wish he wouldn't. Wished he'd let me be the favourite." (Hosseini, 54)
Loyality and Kindness
"Even from where I was stading, I could see the fear creeping into Hassan's eyes, but he shook his head. 'Amir agha, won the tournament and this kite for me. I ran in fairly. This is his kite.'" (Hosseini, 77)
"Don't be stupid, Hassan. You know I wouldn't. Hassan returned his smile. Except his didn't look forced. 'I know,' he said. And thats the thing about people who mean everything they say, they think everyone else does too." (Hosseini, 58)
"To my dismay Hassan kept trying to rekindle things between us." (Hosseini, 93)
"Ali drew Hassan to him, curled his arm around his son's shoulder, It was a protective gesture and I knew whom Ali was protecting him from. Ali glanced my way and in his cold, unforgiving look, I saw that Hassan had told him. He had told him everything, about what Assef and his friends had done to him, about the kite, about me." (Hosseini, 112)
Initially seen as cold and distant
Kind hearted and fair
"Baba would buy us each three identical kites and spools of glass string. If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me - but then he'd buy it for Hassan too." (Hosseini, 54)
"Baba and I were planting Tullips in the garden." (Hosseini, 94)
"I think may be you'll win the tournament this year. What do you think?"
"After the kite tournament, he came home bloodied and his shirt was torn.....Did something happen to him, Amir agha? Something he's not telling me?" (Hosseini 86)
This is Dramatic irony since we the audience know that something did happen to Hassan but Ali doesn't know that.
Kites used range from 0.5 meter to 1.5 meters across. The usual name for the sport is gudiparan bazi and for the cutting line tar. As elsewhere, the line is traditionally made with a cotton line and coated with a mixture of crushed glass and rice glue. However, nylon string with stronger glue is now often the preferred line. Kites can go up to 3,500 meters in height depending on the size of the kite
From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban government in Afghanistan outlawed kite fighting, and kite flying, by declaring it "un-Islamic". After the fall of the Taliban government kite fighting has returned to the country.
A colourful coat
A textbook for students of higher class
A piece of sheep's tripe sewed up and stuffed with rice
In this activity, select one member from your seminar groups to be the drawer. The selected person will draw out a scene from Chapters 6-9. Every group will compete at once, and the first team to guess their scene right wins a prize.