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The myth of Rostam and Sohrab
Transcript of The myth of Rostam and Sohrab
- Persian poet named Ferdowsi Tousi
- Born in 935 CE in Khorasan (Iran)
- Worked for 30 years writing the Shahnameh
- Poem was written in Persian instead of Arabic
- Thought to have died between 1020 and 1026 CE Literary Devices Situational Irony
- Rostam and Sohrab hated each other
- Rostam wins the battle which should bring joy and pride
- Ends up murdering his own son, which causes him grief
- Lost more than he gained Characters Rostam (Protagonist):
- Persian hero and one of the favorites of King Kaykavous
- Marries the King's daughter, Princess Tahmineh
-Have a son named Sohrab who he gives his necklace to so he can remember him
- Becomes a warrior and battles with Sohrab who he kills by stabbing in the heart
- He notices that Sohrab was wearing the jewel that Rostam had given to Tahmineh
- Princess Tahmineh and Rostam's son
- Ironically fought against his father in war, and was killed by him
- Marries Rostam and has his child Themes - Struggle between generations (youth vs experience)
- Struggle for identity (Sohrab does not know who his father is)
- Ethics and Betrayal (Rostam must live with the guilt of betraying his son by ending his life) Conflict External:
- War between Iranians and Turanians
- Rostam and Sohrab have to battle each other
- Rostam stabs his son in the heart
-Rostam is left to grieve over his murder of his son Metaphor
- Rostam killing Sohrab is a metaphor for the victory of the Patriarch
-His authority can not be questioned even by his offspring Climax -Occurs when Sohrab lets his guard down and Rostam stabs him in the heart
- Rostam realizes it was his son The Kite Runner vs.
Character of Rostam The relationship between Baba and Amir - Amir describes Sohrab as "the dying Sohrab who only longed for his father's love"
- Describes himself as well
- "Didn't all fathers in their secret hearts harbor a desire to kill their son?"
- Baba never accepts Amir for who he is, making him see similarities in the relationship between him and Baba and Rostam and Sohrab - Hassan cries when he hears the story
- Relates to Sohrab because he doesn't know his mother
- Rostam and Sohrab's relationship relate to Amir and Hassan
- Amir (Rostam), Hassan (Sohrab)
- Amir does not literally kill Hassan, but betrays him
- Doesn't protect him when he is raped
- Sets him up so Baba would hate them Hassan and Amir Questions 1. On page 31 of the Kite Runner, it says " Sometimes tears pooled in Hassan's eyes as I read him this passage, and I always wondered whom he wept for, the grief-stricken Rostam who tears his clothes and covers his head with ashes, or dying Sohrab who only longed for his father's love?" Which character do you think has the worst fate?
- Rostam is similar to Baba
- Physically strong, intelligent, wealthy and powerful
- Respected by all, known as a hero
- Never connects with his son