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The Kite Runner

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on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of The Kite Runner

Amir was the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, and member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. He was always a disappointment to his father as he was weak and had keen interest in books. He had a rough childhood, since he grew up without a mother and witnessed devastating events.

Hassan, Amir's servant and constant companion, was a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. He was very loyal and caring. He also had a troubled childhood without a mother, but lived in poor circumstances.

Their unique bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy. Amir and his father were fortunate enough to flee to California and escape the Soviet invasion.

But years later, Amir's old family friend calls and reminds him: "There is a way to be good again." The story focuses on Amir's journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had. By saving Hassan's only son and bringing him back with him, Amir brings a new life to both him and his past. By: Maria Nazeer In Conclusion, Afghanistan's Political History Racial Discrimination; Massacres of the Hazaras

Rape

Women's Rights/Women Abuse

Living in Warfare

Orphanage & Poverty

Punishments and Oppressions Afghanistan's Social Issues "Islamic Republic of Afghanistan"
Kabul is the Capital

Population: 30,419,928 (est. 2012)

China, Iran, Pakistan are his bordering
countries.

Arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers

Mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest

Festivals: Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha

Nation's Passion: Buzkashi
(Goat Grabbing)

Popular form of Art: Kite Flying About the Novel Life is full of regrets and mistakes. However, running away from your past won't fix things, you need to face them.

By looking at a country's history or simply your own, it is important to see how things could have been done differently so that a better future can be planned. Background Information on Afghanistan Languages Spoken Afghanistan's Population http://player.vimeo.com/video/20412412 After World War II, Afghanistan has endured several political and social transformations. It has been a monarchy, come under communist Marxist influence, has become a democracy. How do you think that ones childhood shapes who they become when they grow older? Reflection:

Would accomplishing your greatest achievement have been worth sacrificing a close friend or family? Why is it important to learn from our mistakes? Can you think of any culture in the world without a history of oppression?
Why do you think minority groups are oppressed so often? What is the symbolism of kites in this novel according to you? Topic: Learning from your mistakes

Everyone has a past full of regretful moments and mistakes, but it's from these points in life that we become who we are today The Kite Runner summary
Amir's Journey and the main message
Afghanistan's Past;
Political and Cultural
Social Issues What did this novel teach you about Aghanistan? How do the Afghan people in general exhibit resilience in the face of their country's difficulties? If you were put into Amir's position and witnessed such situation, would you have just stood there or take action? How would the story have been different?
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