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The Kite Runner

Section 1: Childhood & Brotherhood
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Jashan Virk

on 4 April 2013

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Transcript of The Kite Runner

Flashback Core The Kite Runner Entire section of the story is based on a flashback of Amir’s childhood back in Kabul

First line of novel is flashback

“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” (Pg.1)

Allows us to understand what Rahim Khan is talking about on the phone with Amir Childhood & Brotherhood Imagery “…his almost perfectly round face, a face like a Chinese doll chiseled from hardwood: his flat, broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves, eyes that looked, depending on the light, gold, green, even sapphire. I can still see his tiny low set ears and that pointed stub of a chin, a meaty appendage that looked like it was added as a mere afterthought. And the cleft lip…” (pg 3)


“A broad entryway flanked by rosebushes led to the sprawling house of marble floors and wide windows. Intricate mosaic tiles, handpicked by Baba in Isfahan, covered the floors of the four bathrooms.” (pg 4) Foreshadowing “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” (1)

“Because that was the winter that Hassan stopped smiling.” (50)

“I’m a very patient person. This doesn’t end today, believe me.” (46) CHARACTERS Hassan Loyal, brave, selfless

Playmate and servant to Amir, always obeys Amir

He is smart even though he is illiterate

“I read him poems and stories, sometime riddles- though I stopped reading those when I saw he was far better at solving them than I was.” (Pg.30) Amir Sensitive, self-centered

Very interested in books, poetry and writing

Jealous and envious of Hassan

Attention Seeker - Driven to win Baba’s love and attention Baba Successful, rich, respected man in Kabul

Has strong values and wants to pass them onto Amir

Determined

“So Baba proved them all wrong by not only running his own business but becoming one of the richest merchants in Kabul.” (Pg.16) Ali Hassan’s father

Loyal servant to Baba and Amir

Was Baba’s childhood playmate

Has many medical conditions including polio and paralysis of his face, but is still content with his life Father & Son Amir and Baba

Are not that close
Are opposites of one another
“The least I could have done was to have had the decency to have turned out a little more like him. But I hadn’t turned out like him. Not at all.” (Pg.20)

Hassan and Ali

Have a closer relationship compared to Amir and Baba
Ali is very protective, loving and caring of Hassan Assef Known for his famous stainless-steel brass knuckles

over confident and self centered

Amir considers him a "sociopath"

someone whose behavior is antisocial

Extremely negative toward Hazaras

"Babalu, who did you eat today?" (pg.42) Amir & Hassan Amir does not refer to Hassan as a friend

Relationship seems more like brothers than friends

Both of them do not have a mother

Amir likes to feel smarter than Hassan

“My favorite part of reading to Hassan was when we came across a big word that he didn’t know. I’d tease him, expose his ignorance.” (30) Rahim Khan Baba's best friend and business partner

Seems to have a special relationship with Amir

Almost as another father figure to him

"When they left, I sat on my bed and wished Rahim Khan had been my father" (34) Symbols “an old grainy photo of my grandfather and King Nadir Shah was taken in 1931, two years before the king’s assassination..” pg 5


“In 1933, the year Baba was born and the year Zahir Shah began his forty-year region of Afghanistan…” pg 26 History “The end, the official end, would come first in April 1978 with the communist coup d’etat, and then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets…” pg 39



“Kabul awoke the next morning to find that the monarchy was thing of the past. The king, Zahir Shah, was away in Italy. In his absence, his cousin Daoud Khan had ended the king’s forty region with a bloodless coup.” Pg 39 Pashtuns & Hazaras Pomegranate Tree - Symbolizes their friendship:
"There was a pomegranate tree near the entrance to the cemetery. One summer day, I used one of Ali's kitchen knifes to carve our names on it: "Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul." (30) Themes: Childhood

Brotherhood

Discrimination

Discovering Yourself Kites:
The kites in the novel symbolize Amir in a way because just like the kites Amir wants to be free and but the strings symbolize as something that is always holding him down.

Hassan's Cleft Lip:
Key feature of his identity "Afghanistan profile." BBC News. N.p., 31 Mar. 2013. Web. 1 Apr. 2013.
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12024253>.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. N.p.: Anchor Canada, 2003. N. pag. Print.

Javed, Saleem. "A brief history of Hazara Persecution ." Hazara People
International Network . N.p., 3 Mar. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2013.

Kite Runner Vocabulary . N.p., 2009. Web. 29 Mar. 2013.
<http://litkite.pbworks.com/w/page/18050110/KiteRunnerVocabulary>. Bibliography
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