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Kite Runner: Dreams
Transcript of Kite Runner: Dreams
Dreams Dreams to us meant... -Escape from reality
-reminders of past decisions/ mistakes
-Conscious dreams (day dreams)
-Things you hope to be or future goals Thesis In Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” the symbol of dreams represents the hope characters have for a better future while subconsciously reminding them of their misjudgments in the past. Without reconciliation of the past, dreams will continue to haunt characters with the painful reminders of their previous mistakes. Therefore, through dreams, characters realize in order to achieve their desired future, they first must come to terms with their past decisions. What did these quotes
tell us? In the novel, dreams tend to foreshadow events to come and further explain events that have already happened. Dreams are what build the characters hopes of becoming something they never will achieve. Quotations Chapter 25, pg 362 Chapter 17, pg 218 "I have been dreaming alot lately Amir agha. Some of them are nightmares, like hanged corpses rotting in soccer fields with bloodred grass. I wake up from those short of breath and sweaty. Mostly, though, I dream of good things, and praise Allah for that. I dream that Rahim Khan sahib will be well. I dream that my son will grow up to be a good person, a free person, and an important person. I dream that lawla flowers will dream in the streets of Kabul again and ruhab music will play in the samovar houses and kites will fly in the skies. And I dream that someday you will return to Kabul to revisit the land of our childhood. If you do, you will find an old faithful friend waiting for you." Chapter 19, pg 241 "Somewhere over those mountains in the west slept the city where my hare-lipped brother and I had run kites. Somewhere over there, the blind-folded man from my dream had died a needless death. Once, over those mountains, I had made a choice. And now, a quarter of a century later, that choice had landed me right back on this soil." Chapter 7, page 63
Hassan: It’s a dream, Amir agha, you can do anything! Anyway, everyone is screaming, “Get out! Get out!” but we just swim in the cold water. We make it way out to the middle of the lake and we stop swimming. We run toward the shore and wave to the people. They look small like aunts, but we can hear them clapping. They see now. There is no monster, just water. They change the name of the lake after that and call it the “Lake of Amir and Hassan, Sultans of Kabul,” and we get to charge people money for swimming in it.
Amir: Well it’s a dumb dream. Nothing happens in it.
Hassan: Father says dreams always mean something. Chapter 8, pg 91 “I thought about Hassan’s dream, the one about us swimming in the lake. There is no monster, he’s said, just water. Except he’d been wrong about that. There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster.” Dreams often show characters the unseen truths. It takes a dream for Amir to realize the “Monster” he has become and to finally realize the awful things he has done to Hassan to “drag him to the bottom.”
Dreams allow character to escape reality, however it also may remind them of what they are trying to escape. Many characters try and escape reality through their dreams however their dreams often remind them of their misjudgments and continue to haunt them until they make amends with their actions. Amir dreams of an idyllic future with a wife and children yet his selfish actions and betrayal towards Hassan that day in the alley continue to haunt him in his dreams ( subconscious and consciously) Dreams reveal untold truths. Through dreams characters learn that in order to move on life they first must come to terms with their previous actions. "Now she'd walk past Sorhab's room and catch a glimpse of books sitting unopened in the wicker basket...a reminder of a dream that was wittling as it was budding."