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Transcript of Kite Runner
Zaman was the care taker of the orphanage where Sohrab was originally staying
He was the man who was selling the children in the orphanage to Taliban officials.
Zaman did everything in his pwer to make sure that the children were safe.
Zaman represented Amir.
"'But if something can be done for Sohrab...I'll tell you because I believe you. You have the look of a desperate man.'" (iPad, P. 307)
John and Betty Caldwell
John and Betty Caldwell were the kind couple who were willing to adopt Sohrab.
They do not actually exist.
This pair symbolized fate.
They represent the theme of redemption as they are one of the few people, and things, that help Amir redeem himself.
"'There never was a John and Betty Caldwell in Peshawar.'" (iPad, P. 370)
The Ghazi Stadium
Most of Amir's shift in perspective happens when he goes back to Afghanistan.
two orphanages were mentioned in
The Kite Runner.
attempts to redeem himself by building the orphanage.
the destroyed orphanage symbolizes Hassan- just like the orphanage, Hassan was a top priority for Baba, but when Baba moved to America, they were neglected.
"... Baba had drawn the blueprints himself despite the fact that he'd no architectural experience at all. Skeptics had urged him to stop his foolishness... of course, Baba refused..." (13)
the orphanage was located along the banks of the Kabul River.
shortage of beds, food, water, space, money
Taliban official buys children from the orphanage.
Symbolizes sacrifice- Zaman had sold everything he had earn to keep the place running, Amir sacrificed his safety when he asked for Sohrab
He sees the full impact of the Taliban on Kabul and its people during his visit. It is a stark contrast to how he had remembered it; the children no long climb on trees and fly kites, but huddle together at night for warmth.
THe kite runner
By: Kaitlyn Hofmeister, Elizabeth ha, luis hurtado, Kayla Gryzik
Amir and Farid went to Ghazi to find the Taliban official who had taken Sohrab.
Amir reminisces about how the stadium use look like when his father took him to the soccer games.
The Taliban used public punishments as a form of entertainment and to mass educate the people.
The execution that took place instilled fear in the people- fear is the strategy used by the Taliban to enforce their restrictions.
They used the Koran to justify their violent behaviors.
foster's Htrllap: Weather
significance: we see how Amir reacts to the execution, since he had moved to America before the Taliban took over, he isn't accustomed to the unjust punishments.
Symbolizes absolute power
Mr. and Mrs.Nyguyen were a vietnamese couple who owned a small grocery store, Fast & Easy.
The couple merely asks for an ID from Baba and he raged out on them, breaking glass and ruining merchandise.
This is the awakening for Baba and Amir, in a way that the world outside of their country is quite different.
They both show the theme of a second chance; when Mrs.Nyguyen was about to call the cops on Baba for breaking the glass, she gives him an opportunity to leave and she wont call on them, and Amir takes a hold of the second chance for both him and his father.
"What kind of a country is this? No one trusts anybody!" Location 147
"Yes, you take him home. Good idea." Location 147
"That whole winter, Hassan and I took turns wearing the hat, and belted out the film's famous music as we climbed mounds of snow and shot each other dead." Location 57
-- This instance of weather Hosseini uses is ironic in the sense that snow is white, meaning it is pure, and they are shooting each other dead. Inquiring the death of being shot bloody, they are staining the pure snow with trickles of blood red from their own deaths.
" But it rained the afternoon Baba took Ali and Hassan to the bus station. Thunderheads rolled in, painted the sky iron gray. Within minutes, sheets of rain were sweeping in, the steady hiss of falling water swelling in my ears." Location 126
-- The raining is this quote represents the baptism of not only Ali and Hassan but Amir as well. Ali and Hassan are leaving Baba and Amirs accompany due to the outrageous circumstances Hassan has been through in the past few months at that house, and Amir has done nothing to help Hassan recover. The baptism as it rains is Hassan being freed of the bad in his life and it is helping him start anew in a better environment. And the baptism present for Amir is the cleansing of the past that haunts him every time he sees Hassan.
"By three o'clock, the rain had stopped and the sky was a curdled gray burdened with lumps of clouds." (366)
-- The representation of Baptism is shown again by the rain. Sohrab was still silent prior to the picnic, but as Amir attempts to rekindle their relationship by flying kites the rain stops. The rain was a baptism for Amir, he was able to fully forgive himself and not live with the guilt that had dictated his life. The end of the rain also marks the beginning of Sohrab's future, a new life in America.
"I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." (iPad, P. 13)
Hosseini's first sentence uses the idea of weather to represent an idea. In this example the cold weather shows that it was a tragic event. Also, the "overcast day" represents that it shadows over everything that he does now.
"The rain General Taheri had spoken about at the flea market was a few weeks late, but when we stepped out of Dr. Amani's office, passing cars sprayed grimy water onto the sidewalks." (iPad, P. 191)
Hosseini uses the rain to show how the difficulties of Amir and Baba's life was like a constant down pour of difficulties.
"It had not started snowing yet, but the winter winds were blowing through the yards, bedning the flower beds and rustling the leaves. i remember Sanaubarcame out of the hut holding her grandson, had him wrapped in a wool blanket. She stood beaming under a dull gray sky, tears streaming down her cheeks, the needle-cold wind blowing her hair, and clutching that baby in her arms like she never wanted to let go. " (ipad 434)
This passage from Hosseini about a time before winter refers back to the idea of winter and snow, in Foster's terms "The Great Unifier". It isn't winter yet but it serves as an exception. It is the unification of Hassan and his mother, Sanaubar.
"I remembered how green the playing field grass had been in the '70s when Baba used to bring me to soccer games here. Now the pitch was a mess." (268)
The mother of Hassan, wife of Ali, and the grandmother of Sohrab
She was a Shi'a Muslim and like Ali and Hassan she was an ethnic Hazara
As a young women she was criticized for her dishonorable life, sinful relationships with men.
Less then a week after Hassans birth she ran off to join a clan of singers and dancers.
Her return to help Hassan with Sohrab represents the theme of Second chances. " It was Sanaubar who delivered Hassan's son that winter of 1990."(ipad 236)
She was proof that second chances were possible.
He was introduced to Amir by Rahim Khan
At the age of 14 Jihad and fought against the Shorawi. He fought in the Panjsher Valley until helicopters demolished their group.
Before driving Amir, Farid and two of his daughters hit a landmine. The mine killed the two daughters and severed toes from his feet and three fingers from his hand.
Farid represents the Afghan people and their struggles during the time Amir and Baba were in America. "He pointed to an old man dressed in ragged clothes trudging down a dirt path, a large burlap pack filled with scrubb grass tied to his back...."That's the real Afghanistan, Agha sahib. That's the Afghanistan I know. You? you've
been a tourist here, you just didn't know it."" (ipad 259)
He helps Amir find Zaman, and takes the visit very personally.
"I stepped outside. Stood in the silver tarnish of a half-moon and glanced up to a sky riddled with stars..... The kinship I felt suddenly for the old land...it surprised me. I'd been gone long enough to forget and be forgotten. I had a home in a land that might as well be in another galaxy to the people sleeping on the other side of the wall I leaned against. I thought i had forgotten about this land. But I hadn't. And, under the bony glow of a half-moon, I sensed Afghanistan humming under my feet. Maybe Afghanistan hadn't forgotten me either." (ipad 268)
The weather in this scene is clear and there are no factors affecting it like rain, snow, fog, or wind. It describes a calm time, a period for reflection. And that is exactly how Hosseini describes the scene. He allows Amir to think and pass ideas through his head while in the presence of Farid and Wahid. Amir is able to feel accepted from his old country.