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Circularity in the Kite Runner

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Madeleine Corwin

on 10 October 2014

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Transcript of Circularity in the Kite Runner

Circularity of Destiny
The fate of each character is designated to them due to past events

"There's a way to be good again. A way to end the cycle." Rahim Khan
Reaffirms mankind's tendency to bury issues that should be confronted and that when issues stay hidden, the consequences are generational.
Circularity of Symbols
Circularity in the Kite Runner
Circularity can be examined through repeat events and how they occur

Circularity is based on the characters not choosing to redeem themselves

Cycle takes place over three generations:
The past choices of the characters dictate their future choices
"And now, fifteen years after I'd buried him, I was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the thing's he'd stolen had been sacred..." (197)
Khaled examines karma through the consequences of Baba's long term deception and the Impact on Amir and Hassan
"I think that everything he did, feeding the poor, giving money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself. And that I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir Jan, when guilt leads to good." (263)
Lesson of Kite Runner
The only way to escape the sins of the past is to confront them and not carry them through generation's
Impact on Amir
Impact on Hassan
Ruins the romanticized vision of Baba Amir had:
Teaches Amir he is not the only sinner in the family

If Baba's sin was regarded, the circularity of class segregation could have been avoided
"Maybe Baba would have brought them along to America. Maybe Hassan would have had a home of his own now, a job, a family, a life in a country where no one cared that he was a Hazara, where most people didn't even know what a Hazara was." (226)
Class differences were the foundation for the guilt that accompanied Baba's sin and passed it through generations
"But your father was a man torn by two halves, Amir jan: You and Hassan... Amir, the socially legitimate half, the half that represented the riches.... When he saw you, he saw himself and his guilt... your father, like you, was a tortured soul." (301)
Class segregation mark the foundation for the parallel relationship of father-son
Class Barriers
Generations Past
Generations of class structures cannot be undone easily
What Hassan has to endure is in regards to others past, and what Sorhab had to endure is a reflection of past generations.
"Never mind any of those things. Because History isn't easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was a Sunni and he was a Shi'a, and nothing was going to change that. Nothing." (25)
The choices made by those in the past directly affect the future generations
Amir has the opportunity to break the cycle of tragedies that have carried on through generations
Destiny is evident through class segregation and generational decisions
"Hassan had pulled the wide elastic all the way back. In the cup was a rock the size of a walnut." (36) Hassan
"His hand was cocked above his shoulder, holding the cup of the slingshot at the end of the elastic band which was pulled all the way back... It was one of the brass balls." (253) Sorhab
"A boy with a Chinese doll face and perpetually lit by a harelipped smile." (25)
"Clean down the middle. Like a harelip." (297)
"Then I realized something: That last thought had brought no string with it. Closing Sorhab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain, gathering it's things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night." ( 359)
Kites are a symbol for cutting the ties of relationships
Happiness and repentance
"For you, a thousand times over."
" I know that in the end, God will forgive. He will forgive your father, me and you too. I hope you can do the same. Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But most important, forgive yourself." (302)
"I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decided who I was going to be. I could step up into that ally, stand up for Hassan - the way he'd stood up for me all those times in the past- and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran." (77)
"I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lives had become." (123)
"The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful and to despise, or at least, to neglect persons of the poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments."

Destiny and karma reenforce the concept of circularity and how the author intertwines the string that connects the two
"I am so dirty and full of sin... the bad man and the other two... they did things ... they did things to me." (278)
"I brought Hassan's son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty ". (356)
"I had been the entitled half, the society-approved, legitimate half, the unwitting embodiment of Baba's guilt. I looked at Hassan... Baba's other half. The unentitled unprivileged half." (359)
Circularity of Karma
"What goes around comes around."
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