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The Kite Runner: ISU Flow Chart

Monomyth and literary connections to the Kite Runner by Ernesto Hidalgo

EJ Hidalgo

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Transcript of The Kite Runner: ISU Flow Chart

Story by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
Literary Connections
Rahim Khan, states that “children are not colouring books. You cannot fill them in with your favourite colours.”(Hosseini 23) This could mean that you cannot shape a child into an absolute perfection, nor can you force it to share all your interests and become the son/daughter that you have always wanted. That is why “you don't get to fill them in with your favourite colours.” you have to let them discover their own passion in life and support them with their decision, whether or not their interests will prove useful to their being. For example, in the Kite Runner, Amir is placed under immense pressure as he had been the one to end his mother's life during his birth. His mother was a truly important individual to his father - Baba - referring to her as his beautiful princess before she was deceased. Baba and Amir's relationship is hanging by a thread as the death of Amir's mother was the lead factor in to this downwards spiral. Amir is not fully supported by Baba in many things he had done (up until he had won the Kite Fighter Tournament) That is why he speaks to him wisely that "When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth." (Hosseini 19) hoping that Amir would adapt to this knowledge and grow up to his expectations.
Elaborating on the relationship between Amir and Baba, the two both had separate worlds in which their differences were easily recognizable. Baba was more of a villainous character where in contrast Amir was noticeably gentle, but had a subtle abrasive temperament. The explanation towards Baba and Amir were simply defined when Amir stated "Baba and I lived in the same house, but in two spheres of existence...Kites were the paper-thin slice of intersection between those spheres” (Hosseini 52). In other words, the kite symbolized their weak affections for each other, and how little they knew about themselves. (Although Amir loved Baba more than Baba loved him)
Amir and Hassan were sitting under a sour cherry tree waiting for the kite to soar into their arms. Amir notices that Hassan’s face had changed. He noticed that the first face he saw was one from his memory, and the second was one that “lurked below the surface.” (Hosseini 58) In my opinion I believe that the first face that Amir saw on Hassan was the one he grew up with all his life as it states that “his face, the one I knew, the one that was my first memory.” (Hosseini 58) I believe that Hassan’s "second face" was one of confidence. Although it does not clearly state this in the novel, I support this idea because Hassan grew up with the refusal of approval from his community for being an "ugly Hazara boy" that appeared to hold no significant values, but when it came to Kite Running, Hassan seemed to block out those thoughts and gain confidence into doing what he best interests in. The second face “lurking below the surface” is just another way of telling the reader that his confidence was peeking below Hasssan's free spirit, fighting it's way out of Hassan's timid grasp on the world. Amir was able to see this transparent phase from Hassan as a true friend of his.
As the antagonist, Assef, sexually abuses Hassan in the alley way, Amir takes a quick glimpse behind a corner at Hassan’s face and sees a face of resignation as well as “the look of the lamb.”(Hosseini 81) The lamb is represented as a figure of innocence. Hassan was truly just a harmless young boy that never did anything wrong, yet he is placed into many problematic situations. Hassan had much of his innocence taken away and was also traumatized in the process of this abuse.
The Antagonist, Assef, makes an attempt to convince Hassan that Amir was just using him as a tool. Assef boldly told Hassan “Have you ever wondered why he never includes you in games when he has guests? Why he only plays with you when no one else is around? I’ll tell you why Hazara. Because of him, you’re nothing but an ugly pet. Something he can play with when he’s bored something he can kick when he’s angry. Don’t ever fool yourself and think you’re something more.” (Hosseini 77) This kind of situation is typically a cliché moment since it appears to be one of those "bullying" fads; telling two friends that one friend is not actually their friend, but something much worthless than what they appear. For example, in an anime known as Naruto, the second main character, Sasuke, switches from the light side to the dark. Although many people thought of him as a betrayal to the Hidden Leaf Village - trying to convince Naruto that he is no longer a good person- Naruto continues to believe that deep inside Sasuke is his friend trying to escape from a disfigured body, out to seek for violence. He proceeds to track down Sasuke and take him back to the village, where he can be refreshed into the good friend he previously was.
SIMILE: “Like a Soldier in the trenches.” (Hosseini 53)

This emphasized how much the Kite Runner tournament was much like an impending warfare. How Amir could not fall asleep because of how it simulated the night before a war, which would presumably be thought to be nerve wracking. This simile shows great importance because it also tells us that the Kite Runner tournament was much more serious than what it seemed, just as much as a battle between two countries.

Assef surprisingly appears at Amir’s party, having Assef be his mortal enemy. As Assef approaches to say hello, he begins to act all nice, kind, generous, flattering, (the list goes on) to Baba. Assef seemed to brighten up Baba’s mood as they began going into deep conversations about soccer. I believe that Assef is just being nice to conjure up good impressions with Baba so that if one day, Amir decides to tell Baba about Hassan’s sexual abuse, the whole story would seem irrelevant since Assef appeared to be the logical, disciplined one.
Amir falls for Soraya Taheri, a "slim-hipped beauty with velvety coal black hair... She had thick black eyebrows that touched in the middle like the arched wings of a flying bird and a gracefully hooked nose of a princess from old Persia." (Hosseini 48) that worked at the local market selling several miscellaneous objects. This would be considered a stock situation as she simulated the "girl out of his league" and Amir was the main male protagonist who fantasized about her daily. Amir even referred to her as his Swap Meet Princess, literally meaning that she was the princess of the local markets.

Assef hands over a present to Amir, a book. After he unwraps it, Amir realizes that Assef’s demonic side was present as the book was a biography on Adolf Hitler. I believe the author put this allusion there to show the reader the interconnection between two detestable people, which are Assef and Hitler. Hitler was much beyond a “bad person” by creating the holocaust and ordered nazis to assassinate thousands of jewish people, whereas Assef, being a twelve year old that rapes his peers for moral enjoyment.
Monomyth Connections

The simile "like a soldier in the trenches."(Hosseini 53) is as well an allusion. It references back to WWI where men would spend numerous hours in the trenches, quietly waiting for the opposing enemy force to make a move. This allusion and simile was fused together to further signify the extremes of what was being felt at the moment, which was in this case, the wait for the kite fighting tournament.

Khaled Hosseini maintains the focus of portraying the story as Amir in the future by stating “The next time I saw [Hassan] smile unabashedly like that was twenty-six years later in a polaroid photograph.” (Hosseini 71) Having this being said in the story shows that Amir’s story perspective was portrayed much later in the future. This part in the story was an effective strategy to include because it reminds the reader that Amir is the main character, reminiscing about his past and how much it meant to him; having many stories and adventures about and within it. This was as well a form of foreshadowing. It tells the reader that later in the future, Hassan will be in another significant part of the plot line even after he had left Kabul with his father Ali.

Since Assef pretends to be something he's not to gain the overall impressions of a "fine young man", this is relevant as it connects to the theme "reality vs. appearance." Assef is truly far beyond what he states to be. The reality is that he is a rude, insensitive boy who pushes people to an extent where violence becomes a main priority, where in contrast, he pretends to be the god child and rouses everyone into entrusting this idea. The saying "don't judge a book by its cover" is the overall central topic regarding this theme. Externally we believe in Assef as a loyal companion, however internally, Assef is just a deviant wreck that seeks for an opportunity to beat someone up, thus him carrying around his brass knuckles everywhere.
Monomyth and Literary Connections
Project by Ernesto Hidalgo
After the abuse that Hassan has taken from Assef, the guilt flourishes through the corridors of Amir's mind. The fact that he just stood their and allowed his friend to get beaten and raped without question. Amir decides that as a friend, he should teach him how to fend for himself. He and Hassan take a hike up through the abandoned cemetery where the pomegranate tree grew. Amir had thrown the pomegranates at Hassan until he had made a decision to self defend; until he got the idea that he did not have to put up with any such harassment. "'What would you do if I hit you with this?' Tossing the fruit up and down. 'What would you do?' I hurled the pomegranate at him... 'hit me back! Get up! Hit me!... Hit me back, goddamn you! You're a coward, nothing but a goddamn coward!'" (Hosseini 98) Hassan had not done anything to fight back. The symbolism in this scene is the pomegranate. The pomegranate represented determination. Amir was thoroughly determined that by putting Hassan through pain, he would adapt to the fact that no one should deserve any form of abuse. He was determined that his friend would no longer be taken as an invaluable piece of trash but as a person that deserves just as much respect as anyone else.

Amir and Hassan had won the Kite Runner tournament and celebrate in the midst of the frozen tournament field. Where it states that “Then I saw Baba on our roof. He was standing on the edge, pumping both fists. Hollering and clapping. And that right there was the single greatest moment of my twelve years of life, seeing Baba on the roof, proud of me at last.” (Hosseini 71) This part of the novel is truly important as it elaborates on the fact that Baba’s impressions for Amir had exceptionally increased. Gaining Baba’s approval was one of the biggest priorities that Amir had wanted to accomplish amongst anything else to begin with.
In the Kite Runner, the Author transfers the character perspective from Amir, to Rahim Khan. This occurs when Rahim had called Amir via telephone, informing him about his illness. As Amir meets up with Rahim Khan in Peshawar, he gains resourceful knowledge regarding Hassan. Apparently he had gotten married, had a son and had been murdered by the Taliban. On top of that, he had also learned that Hassan was also his secret brother. I believe the author had chosen to swap perspectives because Rahim Khan had actually lived his experiences with Hassan and his family. Having there be much context under the topic of Hassan, it would be more efficient if Rahim Khan speaks of what he witnessed in stead of reading as Amir, and having him lecture about his time with Hassan. This differentiates from many other books because the logic behind the alternation proves as an affective strategy of writing. It helps us perceive the story in another light.

Rahim Khan had become intensely ill over the years. When Amir flies from California to Peshawar to tend to his side, Amir sees a drastic change in Rahim Khan's external appearance. "Then a thing made of skin and bones pretending to be Rahim Khan opened the door." (Hosseini 207). The author chooses to make this remark to present the immense change in appearance that Rahim Khan had undergone to an effective extreme. "Pretending" is the key word that shows how much of an exaggeration is added to Amir's comment.
Hassan is neglected for his culture and religion. He was a Hazara boy that no one liked because of his appearance; a harelip along with a large flat nose. Having his mom be a prostitute after his birth, he has been given highly suggestive remarks from many people. For example, as Amir and Hassan took a short cut through the military barracks, one of the soldiers had made an intensive offense to Hassan, stating “What a tight little sugary cunt she had” (Hosseini 7) Although a malicious remark, this will later affect Hassan’s progression in the story as his culture as a Hazara helps him push through supreme obstacles, such as the discrimination forwarded from Assef, the lead antagonist.

Amir was not really born under a ‘special circumstance’ however, after Amir’s birth, his mom had passed away just after. As Amir was growing up, his father, Baba , had not shown much affection to Amir as he was the one that technically killed his father's “princess". He had to experience his life in his own existence, separated by Baba's care and approval. At one point, Baba had expressed a better compassion for Hassan as oppose to Amir, his own son. This is proven when"Baba had taken [Amir] to Gharga Lake... He asked [him] to fetch Hassan too, but [he] lied and told him Hassan had the runs. [Amir] wanted Baba all to [himself]... One time Hassan and [Amir] were skimming stones and Hassan made his stone skip eight times... Baba was there watching, and he patted Hassan on the back. Even put his arm around his shoulder." (Hosseini 15) Baba had never done a gesture such as this to Amir. The best he had gotten from Baba was a simple "good".
Rahim Khan sends Amir, the protagonist, a letter which tells him that the stories he writes are truly interesting and well developed. For Amir, this is the call to adventure as he discovers his future in the literary arts. Although he has much to work on, he is given informative critiques that help him build his strengths with ease and accuracy. Although it may not have been the best opinion, it definitely helped Amir understand the term “irony” and “plot-hole” when Hassan states a question upon his story regarding a man who’s tears transformed into pearls , “If I may ask, [Amir] why did the man kill his wife? In fact, why did he ever have to feel sad to shed tears? Couldn’t he have just smelled an onion?” (Hosseini 36) Having Hassan state his critique Amir realized what to expand on to develop a better understanding of fictional story writing. Amir later becomes a significant author and wrote his own novel called “Season for Ashes”, a fictional story about “a university professor who joins a clan of gypies after he finds his wife in bed with one of his students.” (Hosseini 248) which later became published and recognized as “good” and “riveting” novel.
As Amir progressively ages throughout the novel, we learn that he has gained yet another call to adventure. Rahim Khan had grown a strong illness and requests the aid of Amir. Amir had left his wife, Soraya, for a few weeks and flew from San Francisco, California all the way to Peshawar, Pakistan. In Peshawar, he learns the powerful, yet heartfelt reminiscence of his true being; how Hassan- his best friend- had been his half brother the whole time; how Hassan had gotten married to a woman named Farzana who had given birth to his first son, Sohrab. Rahim Khan had sympathetically told Amir about the unfortunate and tragic death of Hassan and Farzana; the Taliban had killed them and left Sohrab to fend for himself. Sohrab was the central topic, the reason Rahim Khan had requested his help. The call to adventure here was Rahim Khan's plead to save Hassan's son. This is the call to adventure because Rahim Khan is sending out Amir amidst a dangerous journey into the dark of his childhood country, Kabul, during the progression of the Afghanistan War. Rahim Khan states "'I want you to bring Sohrab here'...'Children are fragile, Amir jan. Kabul is already full of broken children and I don't want Sohrab to become another.'" (Hosseini 232) This signifies the consequences Sohrab would have to face if Amir had chosen not to accept the call to adventure.

Amir and Hassan encounter Assef, the antagonist. Assef threatens to beat up Hassan because he is a Hazara boy with an ugly appearance. Assef pulls out his brass knuckles and makes an attempt to beat up Hassan, but Hassan takes out his slingshot and aims for Assef’s head, “[He] had pulled the wide elastic band all the way back. In the cup was a rock the size of a walnut… 'Please leave us alone Agha.'” (Hosseini 45) Assef intimidated by this gesture flees along with his group. In this situation, the slingshot was the helper/amulet. It helped Amir and Hassan escape the clutches of an opposing force. This situation was also a Test & Trial because it was proving whether or not Amir and Hassan had the courage to resist against Assef’s aggressive nature.

The slingshot again represents another situation in which it proved it's title as a helper/amulet. Amir and Farid- one of Rahim Khan's trusted friends- travel to Kabul in search of Hassan's orphaned son, Sohrab. They find him under the house of a powerful Talib, "his head was shaved, his eyes darkened with mascara, and his cheeks glowed with an unnatural red." (Hosseini 293) With an intense addition to the rising action, the Talib turned out to be Assef, 26 years older, sexually abusing Sohrab as if Sohrab was his father Hassan. Amir decides that he will fight for Sohrab's freedom, he was not going to let Assef beat him down, he was going to redeem himself from the last time Assef had tampered with him which was back in Kabul 2 decades ago when Hassan was still alive. Amir begins fighting, but Assef had brutally and severely bashed him into a pulp, fracturing and breaking many of his bones. At this point, the slingshot (helper/amulet) comes into play as Sohrab takes out his slingshot and aims towards Assef's eye. Sohrab knocks Assef's eye
straight out of his socket. Amir and Sohrab made an escape, "[Amir] stumbled down in the hallway, Sohrab's little hand in [his]... 'You saved my life in Kabul'" (Hosseini 305 and 335). The slingshot is truly a significant helper overall throughout the plot. It saved Amir's life twice, both from Hassan and his descendant, Sohrab.
Hassan and his father, Ali, had decided to move out of Baba and Amir’s household. This was because Hassan had told Ali about the occurrence of Assef sexually abusing him while Amir watched this sinister crime progress. Ali now had a burning detestation for Amir as it states, “Ali drew Hassan to him, curled his arm around his son’s shoulder. It was a protective gesture and I know who Ali was protecting him from. Ali glanced my way and in his cold unforgiving look, I saw that Hassan had told him.” (Hosseini 112) Hassan telling Ali about the rape was crossing the threshold as the rape contributed to many main factors to their family relationships. By Amir not standing up for Hassan as he got abused, they both are now forced into stretching into a new world. Amir now has to live in a world where Hassan is no longer there to support and care for him, to bring him his breakfast or fold his clothes. As Amir grew up having Hassan as a loyal companion, the transition between his “leisure-full” life into a “do-it-yourself” life will be a tough factor for Amir to understand. Hassan is literally being transferred into a new world as he knows that he will be safe in a new place “Hazarajat”, where he is definitely secured from any form of sexual abuse now that Ali knows about the traumatizing event.
Amir and Farid had been sent into the dark, ominous, villainous streets of Kabul, Afghanistan to seek for Hassan's orphaned son, Sohrab. The simple entry into Kabul was crossing the threshold because Amir and Farid realize that their mandatory priority was to locate and bring Sohrab soundly back to Peshawar where he can be thoroughly nourished by a charity foundation that supported Afghanistan child abandonment. They commit to knowing that if they end up coming home empty handed, Rahim Khan would have thought of them as unreliable as well as un-supportive. Amir had not wanted to search for Sohrab in the first place, he had only gone because Sohrab was the only living descendant of Hassan. "Hassan had loved me once, loved me in a way that no one ever had or ever would again. He is gone now, but a little part of him lived on. It was in Kabul. Waiting. " (Hosseini 239) This quote was the motivation that allowed Amir to realize that Sohrab was the missing piece to the only blood family he had. He had to save Sohrab; for Rahim Khan; for Hassan. He crossed from the everyday world into the world of adventure in search of a boy he had never met, knowing that he was the answer to his true being. To his happiness.
Amir and Hassan Compete in the annual Kite Runner competition. Having Amir’s father seek much interest into Kite Running, Amir strives to win the competition and gain the respect and acceptance from his father that he never got, even if it will take Amir through much pain. This shows how much Amir cares for his father and how their relationship will grow if he accomplishes his objective of winning the Kite Runner competition with Hassan. Amir's need for Baba's affection is extenuated when Amir and Hassan begin the Kite Fighting tournament, "I kept stealing glances at Baba... [I] wondered what he was thinking. Was he cheering? Or did a part of him enjoy watching me fail" (Hosseini 67). This quote proves to the reader that Amir desperately had to win this tournament. Where it states "Or did a part of him enjoy watching me fail" tells us that for Amir to think this, Baba's impressions on Amir would have to have begun dull and paper thin. This idea further simplifies the fact that Baba never gained interest as to what Amir would be doing. Obviously he cared enough to show up to the tournament, but Amir thinking of Baba percieving him as failure is something Amir yearns to comprehend.
As Hassan runs to obtain the blue kite that Amir had snagged to win the tournament, he encounters Assef and his gang once again. He is cornered into an alleyway and is asked to hand over the blue kite or he would be brutally beaten by his brass knuckles. Hassan refused to give up the blue kite, as it was Amir who legitimately deserved it. This was a test and trial because we don’t know whether or not Hassan will work up the nerve to combat Assef’s abrasiveness or attempt to make a break for it. In another sense, this was a test for Amir as well. All he did was just stand there and witnesses Hassan get potentially beaten by Assef instead of standing up for him and resolving Hassan’s possible pain. Choice making was the ultimate test and trial for both Amir and Hassan. Amir's burning need to help Hassan was remarkably high, but he never had the courage to save him from Assef, "'I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into the alley, stand up for Hassan... Accept whatever would happen to me. Or, I could run".(Hosseini 82) The basis of Amir's decision is revolving around this debate he stacked against himself. Whether or not the choice he made was essential, the fact that he toughed out a decision showed that he really did care for Hassan, yet in the end, Hassan was left to be beaten. Was this his fate? Or the cowardice of a young 12 year old boy that did not see any self confidence?
After witnessing the abuse that Hassan has gone through, Amir’s guilt seems to haunt him daily. The fact that he did nothing in return to help prevent the traumatic event gave him insomnia as well as a weakened bond with Hassan. This is a test and trial for Amir. It’s testing whether he has the will power to tell Hassan about how he simply just watched Hassan get raped and did nothing and apologize or just keep it to himself and experience the guilt for many years. Not knowing what the true outcome of this dilemma, Amir seems to feel much more awkward when Hassan is present. Amir had even asked Baba if "'[he] had ever thought about getting new servants'"(Hosseini 95). This question shows that to block out the awkwardness between Amir and Hassan, new servants would make Hassan seem just as any other servant would appear or act.
As Amir goes to Kabul to get Sohrab and safely take him back to Peshawar, he sees that he is under the possession of a recognizable opposing force. Assef. Assef had been sexually abusing Sohrab months after he had been abandoned due to his parent's demise. Amir strongly wished to fend for Sohrab, not wanting to be the little weakling he was when he was 12 back in 1975. Amir was currently 38 years old; he was going to be a man and stand up for what's right. This was a test for Amir because his fate is deciding whether or not he recognizes the true value of maturity; if he understands that voluntarily letting people get abused was just as much a punishment to himself. "I remember Baba saying that my problem was that someone had always done the fighting for me. I was thirty-eight now... I was older now, but maybe not yet too old to start doing my own fighting".(Hosseini 239) This quote signifies the determination Amir has to learn how to generally defend himself, rather than waiting for someone to go ahead and do the dirty work for him.

Hassan was one of Amir's greatest and most important Helper throughout the course of his journey. Hassan was his servant, but in a deeper sense he was Amir's friend. For the helping part he literally did assist Amir in the smallest of things such as laundry or serving him breakfast, but in another sense, Hassan's support changed the perspective of Hassan forever. Hassan had saved Amir from a form of potential violence, for example: as mentioned before Amir and Hassan had encountered the antagonist Assef who poses a threat directly upon Amir and Hassan. Hassan strictly helps Amir and him from suffering any supreme assaults by simply loading his slingshot and threatening Assef that he will voluntarily shoot him if he had not left them alone. Assef and his group scramble due to this gesture and Hassan and Amir were able to prevail.

Another reason why Hassan was represented as a significant helper is the fact that he had moved away to Hazarajat with his father, Ali. Hassan had been sexually abused by Assef while Amir had stood and watched this traumatic offence in law occur. Hassan had told Ali of this sick event and in conclusion, move out to Hazarajat. Although this may not seem as a supportive point that validates Hassan's assistance, it gradually affects Amir's future adventures. Having Hassan move away from Amir help's him better understand that it was time for him to step up for himself. Two decades later, Amir is informed that Hassan had been murdered by the Taliban. This information was the motivation that Amir needed to grasp upon a better idea of being a being a hero or in contrast, a by stander, therefore Hassan had yet again helped Amir in another aspect of life, even if he was not alive to physically tell him.

Baba was Amir's father and his only family. Amir and Baba's relationship are not very structural as Amir's birth had caused the death of his mother. Although a menacing man, he is teaming with logic and wisdom. He gives Amir advice that later become useful to him in the near future, "When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth" (Hosseini 19). This quote greatly supported Amir as he constantly recalls it in several scenes where a lie has been exposed. For example: when Amir travels from San Francisco to Peshawar to aid Rahim Khan due to his illness, he learns the truth about Hassan, how he had covertly been his half brother all along without any knowledge as to how this could be. "'I'm thirty-eight years old and I've just found out that my whole life is one big fucking lie!'... 'There is only one sin. And that is theft. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth' Hadn't [Baba] said those words to me? ... I was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind." (Hosseini 235 and 237) Although Amir is heavily detesting Baba for restricting the truth and being a hypocrite, Amir had still gained the knowledge as to what Baba's words of wisdom had been, and applied it to his daily lifestyle.
The final battle in the Kite Runner is the scene where Hassan's son, Sohrab, is rescued from Assef's clutches and somewhat safely make it back to Peshawar. As mentioned before, Rahim Khan had grown extremely ill and requests the aid of Amir. Amir flies to Peshawar, Pakistan from San Francisco to tend to his side, however, his sickness was not the legitimate reason Rahim Khan had needed his support. Rahim Khan reveals the entire context regarding Hassan and his life after separating from Kabul 26 years after the incident between him and Assef. Amir deserved the right to know.
The fight for Sohrab's ransom is the final battle because it was Amir's highest objective to bring Sohrab to Rahim Khan as It was his dieing wish to have the descendant of Hassan in a secured environment. Sohrab's freedom was the supreme obstacle because, Assef was the barricade to Amir's self confidence. By defeating Assef and relieving Sohrab's captivity, Amir would have the confidence to fight for any of his own passions or beliefs, therefore, he passes the climax and as well receives a mental benefit.

Hassan had been married to Farzana, a Hazara woman "[who] was shy, so courteous she spoke in a voice barely higher than a whisper" (Hosseini 217) and as well encountered his wore down mother, Sanaubar, the woman who had abandoned Hassan when he was just a baby. Sanaubar had delivered Hassan and Farzana's first son. They named him Sohrab, derived from Hassan's favourite Shahnamah (story). Sanaubar had died four years after the birth of Sohrab. Rahim Khan had as well uncovered the drastic and depressing truth of Hassan and Farzana. The Taliban had murdered them, leaving Sohrab a defenseless orphan at the age of eleven.
Rahim Khan's dieing wish was for Amir to rescue Sohrab from the shadow where Amir was born and raised; Kabul. Rahim Khan makes this statement "'I want you to bring Sohrab here'...'Children are fragile, Amir jan. Kabul is already full of broken children and I don't want Sohrab to become another'"(Hosseini 232) after the explanation of Sohrab's traumatic and tragic loss. Amir reluctantly accepts the quest due to logical reasoning; Sohrab was the only living memory of Hassan. It was a piece of Hassan's future, suffering in the battlefield of a malicious village. Amir is accompanied by Farid, a trusted assistant validated by Rahim Khan. He had 5 children and two wives living in poverty. Amir and Farid had situated themselves to the house of a powerful Talib, which surprisingly was Assef; he held Sohrab captive,sexually abusing him just as he did to Hassan in the winter of 1975. Amir decides to fight Assef, and prove to himself that he was not going to run away, no one was going to do the fighting for him anymore, "I remember Baba saying that my problem was that someone had always done the fighting for me. I was thirty-eight now... I was older now, but maybe not yet too old to start doing my own fighting"(Hosseini 239).
The flight in the Kite Runner was rather dynamic as well as suspenseful. Amir had been pummeled tremendously leaving several severe injuries. Sohrab fends for Amir- having him be a total stranger at the time- by making a gruesome shot directly into Assef's eye with the support of a slingshot, "Assef rolled on the carpet. Rolled side to side, shrieking, his hand still cupped over his bloody socket" (Hosseini 305). As Assef laid there in excruciating pain, Amir and Sohrab were able to make an escape back to Peshawar, Pakistan; Amir being bedridden under intensive medical care. The importance of this flight is how much Sohrab had felt towards escaping that sinful prison. He trusted Amir and his actions, even though the two had met instantaneously. This escape truly amplifies the definition of trust and instincts.
After Amir and Sohrab's escape, Amir is bedridden in a hospital back in Peshawar Pakistan. Amir suffers from several life threatening injuries, but the medical surgeons were able to suppress the severe damages. Sohrab- although he does not express it with vibrancy- is truly grateful for Amir, and vice versa, as Sohrab had "saved [Amir's] life in Kabul" (Hosseini 335) Sohrab gradually grows a strong affection towards Amir. This is accentuated prominently when Sohrab had taken a unsupervised escape to a Mosque. At the Mosque is where Sohrab speaks out upon his feelings of being abused, underprivileged, orphaned and abused. Amir sympathetically comforted Sohrab, "'I won't hurt you, I promise'... He resisted a little. Slackened. He let me draw him to me and rested his head on my chest...As the boy's pain soaked through mt shirt, I saw that a kinship had taken root between us"(Hosseni 336). The bond grown between Amir and Sohrab later affects their whereabouts in the conclusion of the novel. Amir had made a truly rieting decision to adopt Sohrab and bring him to San Francisco. Amir's wife, Soraya had gotten Sohrab a humanitarian Visa that will allow him to be legally under the possession of Amir and his wife Soraya.Amir, Soraya and Sohrab now live in San Francisco, California, Sohrab still learning to adapt to his new life. The return home in the Kite Runner shows great importance because it is as well the crossing of the threshold for Sohrab. Sohrab having to lose his whole family, steps into the unknown to re-experience a life with a family that loves him.
The knowledge that the heroine Amir gains throughout the story is the wisdom and logic given to him by his father Baba. As mentioned before, Baba may appear to be a crazed man with an aggresiv temperament, but his significant talent is his advice and expressionism of how he grasps the world and its many perspectives. When Amir was twelve years old, Baba had told Amir, "When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth"(Hosseini 19). This concluding idea affects Amir throughout the story as it is repeated several times, all in situations where the exposure to a lie is recognized, for example, Amir learns about Hassan being his half brother. Rage controls his mindset and he is forced into recalling the day Baba had spoken to him these logical words that flourish his mind.
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