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Transcript of Kite Running
Originally from China
Different materials used
Types of Kites
Kites in Afghanistan use different materials:
The Tar (wire)
The Charkha/Spool (drum)
The Jang (fight)
How to Play the Game
To cut your opponents kite using your own.
The Significance of Kite Running in the Novel
Defines and represents the relationships in the novel
What is Kite Running?
Kite running is the practice of running after drifting kites in the sky that have been cut loose in kite fighting.
Materials Amir used in the Novel:
Rules and Regulations:
" You have to play in a boxed area and you have to stand at a right angle to the wind... and you can't use aluminum to make your glass string." (Hosseini, 55)
Two player game
One player (Charka Gir)--The player holding the spool
Second Player (Gudiparan Baz)-- The player controlling the kites movement in the air
Kite Running brings Baba and Amir closer together
Amir's approval of his father means everything to him
Amir and Hassan are considered equals
Sohrab's first gesture in the USA towards Amir was brought by the game of Kite Running
Kite Running brings Amir closer to Hassan
The boys are free to be who they are
Loyalty (one sided friendship)
The kite has priority over Hassan
Amir and Hassan
Baba and Amir
Right before Hassan chases the final kite, he says to Amir,"For you a thousand times over!" (71)
Amir and Sohrab
Thank you for your time
When Amir wins the game, he thought to himself, "...Then I saw Baba on our roof... 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. "(71)
When running the kites, Amir says to Sohrab, " For you, a thousand times over," (391)
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Riverhead, 2003. Print.
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Afghan Kite Flying." The Art of Gudiparan Bazi - Afghan Kite Flying. Afghana, 15 Jan. 2001. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.