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Chapter 11 - 14 of The Kite Runner
Transcript of Chapter 11 - 14 of The Kite Runner
Make morning into a key throw it into the well
Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly
Let the morning sun forget to rise in the east,
Go slowly, my lovely moon, go slowly
The ryhme pattern for these short verse are A, B, C, B. These short verses symbolise that they want to slow time down by making the "morning into a key" so and throw it down a well, so the sun never rises as everyone is enjoying the evening of the Niqah. This part of book is when they Baba and Amir immigrate to America. Chater 11, 12, and 13 takes place in Fremont, California during the 1980's. However, abruptly the time shifts in chapter 14 where it becomes June 2001, and Amir is found boarding a plane for Afgahistan at the end of chapter 14. The chapter ends, with what he book began with: "I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along and changed everything. And made me what I am today". The book is written in a first person perspective through the perspective of the narrator himself; Amir. IN this part the reader is able to witness for the first time the father-son relationship that is slowly building between them, something that Amir much longed for. However, not only that but for the first time Amir expresses love towards someone, and that someone is Soraya his wife, the daughter of General Taheri. Towards the end of chapter 14, Amir displays signs of nostalgia as he is headed back to Afghanistan to set things straight with Rahim Khan and his ever guilty past. Characters The narrator and the protagonist of the story. Amir is the sensitive and intelligent and is driven by his feelings of guilt as he searches to find a way to redeem himself. Amir is a gifted storyteller and grows from aspiring writer to published novelist. Father of Amir, and now the day manager of the gas station he works at. Discontent with his life as his job is physically demanding and does not pay well enough. Baba does find happiness in talking to and about Amir as he does well in first year of junior college, but is not pleased that Amir is doing an english major. however he still has some clashes with Amir, as their relationship is still being built up. Through these chapters he is diagnosed with a severe lung cancer which is inoperable, and eventually dies two months after the marriage of Amir and Soraya. Amir Baba Friend of Baba; but a second father to Amir. Rahim Khan is Baba’s closest confidant, and the one man who knows all of Baba’s secrets. Now, he is sick and dying and wants to set things straight with Amir; about Hassan and what really happened in Afghanistan while he was away in America. Rahim Khan Soraya’s father and a friend of Baba. General Taheri is proud to the point of arrogance at times, and he places great value on upholding Afghan traditions. He is in many ways the stereotypical Afghan male, both in his roles as a father and husband. General Taheri Amir’s wife. Soraya is steady, intelligent, and always there for Amir when he needs her. She can be strong-willed like her father, General Taheri, and deplores the way women are often treated in Afghan culture. Like Amir she has also had a handful things to deal in the last few years, especially at the age of eighteen. Soraya General Taheri’s wife and Soraya’s mother. Jamila plays the part of the typical Afghan wife and mother. She obeys her husband without question and wants nothing more than to see her daughter married. Was once a great and brilliant singer in Afghanistan, but unfortunatley she left her profession to look after her family and her husband. Jamillia Flea Market It represent the little Afghanistan communtiy which exists in Fermont, Caifornia General Taheri represents the sterotypical Afghan male in America, and that
poeple do not let go of traditions easily General Taheri At the end of chapter 14 while Amir is taking a stroll in the park, he sees a pair of red kites, reminding him of his guilty past Kites Continued .... Unfortunately he does; not becasue of his father but Soraya's father as he caught Amir giving Soraya his stories which he later throws in the trash. However, the most important reason was they were caught talking to eachother alone which extremely dissappoints and displeases Soraya's father. Baba is eventually diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and refuses to get some medical treatment, unfortunately he has a seizure in the flee market and his rushed to the hospital. later Baba hurriedly make preperatitons for Amir and Soraya to get engaged, and eventually they get married. After getting married Soraya takes care of Baba but one month later he dies in his sleep. After Baba's death, Amir and Soraya start to follow a normal family rountin, where Soraya begins teaching at a school and Amir finishes his first book in 1988. They also try to concieve a child but are unsuccessful and then consider vito - fertilization, and adoption. It is also discovered, Amir has been thinking about going to Rahim Khan as he is very sick, and Amir also believes that there are too many dark secrets between them which have to be relived of. Class structure: After moving to America they have started a new life, leaving behind their wealth, power, influence, and respect back in Afghanistan.
Homeland and Nationality: Baba misses Afghanistan has he had everything back home, however for Amir moving to America was a way to bury his past memories of Afghanistan and start a new life.
Immigrant Experience: For Amir and Baba, adjusting to their new lives has been tough because as making a living is tough, displayed by the small one room apartment they live in, and there is no trust between the people.
Family Ties: Fathers & Sons: After coming to America Amir's and Baba's relationship has progressed to a level where they talk to each other and do many activities together like taking strolls in the park, yet tension and resistance still exists between them.
Coming of Age: Amir, is maturing and is confidence and courage is well built as well by the time he has graduated high school. An example would be is when Amir announces to his father he will pursue an major in English, and even though Baba is displeased Amir stands u for wheat he believes in.
Sin, Forgiveness, Redemption, and Salvation: Although Amir is maturing, he is not yet able to face his past, and at the end of chapter 14 when he decides to visit Rahim Kahn, he has realized tat this is his path to salvation and redemption. The End