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Novel Presentation: "The Kite Runner"

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Transcript of Novel Presentation: "The Kite Runner"

The Kite Runner The book "The Kite Runner" was written in 2001 and published in 2003 by Khaled Hosseini. It was the first book published in English by an Afghan. Background on The Author
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, where much of the book takes place. He later moved to California and became a doctor. Hosseini wrote "The Kite Runner" in 2001, and is currently working on his second novel, which is also placed in Afghanistan. Genre
The genre of "The Kite Runner" is a 'redemption story', because the novel is surrounded by the protagonist trying to escape the guilt of a tragic event in his past. Main Characters
The protagonist of the novel is an Afghan boy named Amir, the plot is about his past. The antagonist is Assef, who rapes Hassan and later becomes a high-ranking officer of the Taliban. Hassan is Baba's servant boy and Amir's bestfriend, we later find out that he is the son of Baba. Baba is the step-father of Amir, a very successful businessman in Kabul, and the real father of Hassan. Action
Amir's bestfriend Hassan is raped by a bully named Assef, Amir spends years trying to shake the guilt and attempting to make up for his actions. Theme
The theme of the novel is "persistence of the past", it is this bacause no matter how far Amir ran away from his past, he couldn't escape it, it kept coming back to haunt him. Plot
The plot and action in this novel are one in the same. Once again, Amir recalls his past and says that it is what made him what he is. The novel is centered around his life in Afghanistan, some good memories, some not so good, and it's these that haunt him when he tries to move on, so he finally decides to go back and correct his mistakes. Symbolism, Metaphors, Similes
There are a few examples of symbolism in the novel, the pomegranate tree where Amir would read to Hassan represents their friendship. Hassan's cleft lip as a child represents change over time, and also the struggle of the people in Afghanistan. The kites sybolize happiness and freedom. A metaphorical statement in "The Kite Runner" is "My father was a force of nature." A simile from the novel is "The kite fighting tournamnets was like going to war." Inciting Incident
The inciding incident that gets the plot in motion is the rape of Hassan. This is where the action picked up. Foreshadowing
Baba wonders if Amir will be able to stand up for what is right in the future, I predicted that he would be able to and was correct in saying so. Climax
The climax of "The Kite Runner" is the point at which Amir returns to Kabul from America to retrieve Sohrab, and encounters Assef as a high-ranking Taliban officer. Cause and Effect
Because Hassan is a Hazarah (people disrespected among Sunni Muslims for their misinterpretation of the Koran and being poor), he is treated poorly and is one of the main reasons he is raped. Moral
The moral of the novel is forgetting and correcting the past. Amir realized that he could not run from his past forever, and so he corrected it by going back to Kabul and confronting Assef and adopting Hassans's son Sohrab. THE END Vocab
affluent- having an abundance of wealth
perpetually- continuing or enduring forever
squatty- low and broad
leered- to look with an oblique glance
unscrumpulous- conscienceless, unpricipaled
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