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The Kite Runner Seminars
Transcript of The Kite Runner Seminars
Baba and Amir
Rahim Khan and Amir
Amir thinks of Rahim as a second dad, he thinks of Rahim as a “better” Baba.
At one point in the story, Amir wishes that Rahim was his father.
Rahim refers to Amir as “Jan” meaning “dear”, something a father should do.
Rahim defends Amir in front of Baba, shows Rahim cares about Amir.
Comforts Amir during his birthday and lets Amir know he’s there for him.
Encourages Amir’s writing and writes him a nice letter.
Helps Amir fix his past.
Rahim is Close to Baba, and makes us readers see the contrast between the two comparing them both as fathers.
Rahim shows to Amir that he also thinks of the Hazara Ethnicity to be equal
Amir and Sohrab
Amir and Sohrab have a very difficult, unstable father-son relationship.
Amir switches back and from Hassan’s and Baba’s parenting style.
Their relationship emphasizes the importance of a compassionate fatherly figure.
Ali and Baba-Hassan
Ali is defined by his modesty more than anything, and he works diligently as Baba’s servant. He loves Hassan deeply, though he rarely expresses his emotions outwardly.
Baba treats Hassan as if he were he’s own, which infuriates Amir. Baba builds the orphanage to make up for the guilt he felt for not being able to acknowledge Hassan as his son.
Thoughts of Rahim being a better father than Baba: “Rahim is Baba's quiet alter ego, my writing mentor, my pal...” Here Amir is sort of saying that Rahim is a better version of Baba (Hosseini 104, Chapter 8)
Amir wishing that Rahim was his father over Baba because of Rahim’s support for him “I sat on my bed and wished Rahim Khan had been my father” (Hosseini 34, Chapter 4)
Rahim always referred to Amir as “Jan” meaning “Dear” a way to show respect especially from an adult to a child. Example found in letter from Rahim encouraging his story writing addressing Amir as Jan, “May I have it Amir Jan, I would very much like to read it. Baba hardly ever used the term endearment of Jan when he addressed me.” (Hosseini 35, Chapter 4)
Defends Amir in front of Baba when Baba complains how Amir is so unlike him. This shows Rahim cares about Amir. (Hosseini 23-24, Chapter 3) “Children aren’t colouring books, you don’t get to fill them with your favorite colours.”
On Amir’s Birthday Rahim notices he’s feeling down, and proceeds to cheer him up. “I didn’t know you drank” “Turns out I do…only for the most important occasions.” (Hosseini 104, Chapter 7). Rahim Also gives Amir a writing journal, showing that he supports Amir’s writing. “Here…I almost forgot. It was a brown leather notebook.”
Rahim accepts Amir’s book when Baba didn’t want to read it and buoys Amir from the letter he gives him after. This ultimately starts Amir’s writing career, he also lets Amir know that he will always be there for him. (Hosseini 35, Chapter 4)
At the beginning of the book it opens up with Rahim calling Amir telling him there is a way to be good again. "There is a way to be good again." (Hosseini 2, Chapter 1). Near halfway into the book Amir travels to Afghanistan again and meets up with Rahim. Rahim ultimately sets Amir on a journey to make his wrongs right.
Rahim Khan tells Amir a story about how he almost married a Hazara woman. His family highly disproved of it and threatened to kill her. Rahim Khan never married the Hazara, but what he is really telling Amir is that he also thinks Hazara’s have and equal ethnicity. (Amir's mother would be the other someone.) All this confirms that Rahim Khan is a stand-up guy. (Hosseini 104, Chapter 8)
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After Amir escapes with Sohrab from Assef, Amir tries to find a way to communicate to Sohrab: “How are you?’… ‘Do you want to talk?” (Hosseini 314, Ch 23).
Sohrab is attempting to recover from the loss of his parents, as well as the abuse he suffered from Assef.
‘No please.’… ‘You promised you’d never put me in one of those places, Amir Agha’… [Sohrab’s] voice was breaking, tears pooling in his eyes.” (Hosseini 358, Ch 24).
Amir even convinces himself that he made the right decision with something Baba once said: “I remember something… That’s how children deal with terror. They fall asleep.” (Hosseini 359, Ch 24).
However, as soon as Amir disregards Sohrab’s feeling similar to how Baba neglected Amir’s feelings, terrible things start to happen, as exactly as they happened to Amir when he was a child.
“Then I saw Baba do something I had never seen him do before: He cried… I’ll never forget the pain in his plea. The fear.” (Hosseini 11-12, Ch 9).
Although Amir asks Sohrab if he wants to help him fly the kite, he does not answer. However, Sohrab does take the string in his hands.
“One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. A smile. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there.” (Hosseini 391, Ch 25).
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Ali love’s Hassan with all his heart. Regardless of Ali’s wealth he tries to show Hassan he cares for him
Just like Ali, Baba loves and cares for Hassan. Unfortunaly Baba cannot freely express his love for Hassan. He manages to do so by offering Hassan gifts and
presents whenever he can.
Ali’s relationship to Hassan is quit similar to Baba’s because the both love Hassan dearly. They both see him everyday, and they both see the his potential to be a great man.
“I always felt like Baba Hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I?” (Hosseini 21 Ch 3)
“Just one year after my mother died giving birth to me” (Hosseini 6 Ch 2)
“there is something missing in that boy.”(Hosseini 24 Ch 3)
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.” (Hosseini 24 Ch 3)
“That was how I escaped my father’s aloofness, in my dead mother’s books.” (Hosseini 21 Ch 3)
“I cried all the way back home. Mostly, I will never forget Baba’s valiant efforts to conceal the disgusted look on his face as he drove in silence.” (Hosseini 23 Ch 3)
“After all, didn’t all fathers in their secret hearts harbor a desire to kill their sons?” (Hosseini 32 Ch 4).
A Big Turning Point
“ ‘Bravo! Bravo, Amir agha!’ I opened my eyes, saw the blue kite spinning wildly like a tire come loose from a speeding car.” (Hosseini 70 Ch 7)
“Baba gave me two presents. One was sure to become the envy of every kid in the neighborhood: a brand new Schwinn Stingray, the king of all bicycles. The other present Baba gave me--and he didn’t wait around for me to open this one--was a wristwatch.” (Hosseini 107-108 Ch 9)
Author: Hosseini, Khaled.
Title: The kite runner,
Publisher: Riverhead Books
City of publication : New York
Year published: 2003
Website URL http://www.enotes.com/topics/kite-runner
Page title: by Khaled Hosseini
Website title: enotes.com
Date Created: 09/17/2003
Date of acess: 10/28/2013
Website URL http://thekiterunnerindepth.blogspot.ca/
Page title: The Kite Runner
Date Created: 06/15/2007
Date of acess: 10/28/2003
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We’d eat together, go to see a film, visit Kaka Homayoun or Kaka Faruq. Sometimes Rahim Khan came over and Baba let me sit in his study and sip tea with them. He’d even have me read him some of my stories. It was good and I even believed it would last. (Hosseini 92 ch 8)
A hundred kites, Homayoun jan. No _laaf_. And the only one still flying at the end of the day was Amir’s. He has the last kite at home, a beautiful blue kite. Hassan and Amir ran it together.” （Hosseini 88-89 ch 8）
“A hundred kites, Homayoun jan. No _laaf_. And the only one still flying at the end of the day was Amir’s. He has the last kite at home, a beautiful blue kite. Hassan and Amir ran it together.” （Hosseini 24 ch 3）
“Besides, I didn’t bring us here for me, did I?” （Hosseini 137 ch 11)
“More sure than I’ve ever been about anything.” （Hosseini 170 ch 12)
“’Up to this? It’s the happiest day of my life, Amir,‘ he said, smiling tiredly.“ （Hosseini 175 ch 13）
Amir's emotion to Baba
"Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba." (Hosseini 74 ch 4)
"I faked interest for as long as possible. I cheered with him when Kabul’s team scored against Kandahar and yelped insults at the referee when he called a penalty against our team." (Hosseini 21 ch 3)
“You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too,”(Hosseini 16 ch 3)
“I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to hug him or leap from his lap in mortal fear.” ( Hosseini 17 ch 3).
They are different
Baba was good at sports but Amir was not:
"When it became abundantly clear that I hadn’t inherited a shred of his athletic talents, he settled for trying to turn me into a passionate spectator." (Hosseini 21 ch 3)
Baba is Strong but Amir is weak:
"Lore has it my father once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands." (Hosseini 11 ch 2)
"I see how they push him around, take his toys from him, give him a shove here, a whack there. And, you know, he never fights back. Never. He just... drops his head and...”(Hosseini 24 ch 3)
But they are Similar
They both betrayed their best friend:
Baba cheated with Ali's wife (Hosseini 234-235 ch 17)
Amir Did nothing when Hassan was raped. (Hosseini 75 ch 7)
They both had secrets......
Before the tournament
“That was how I escaped my father’s aloofness, in my dead mother’s books.” (Hosseini 21)
I remember scanning over the invitation list a week before my birthday party and not recognizing at least three-quarters of the four hundred--plus Kakas and Khalas who were going to bring me gifts and congratulate me for having lived to thirteen.(Hosseini 100)
"Baba and I immersed ourselves in a sweet illusion, saw each other in a way that we never had before." (Hosseini 92 ch 8)
Amir's emotions to Baba
“You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too,”(Hosseini 16 ch 3)
“I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to hug him or leap from his lap in mortal fear.” ( Hosseini 17 ch 3)