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The Kite Runner
Transcript of The Kite Runner
The Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan
Two types of Muslims
Change in narrator
First Person Narrative
The Story of Rostum and Sohrab
The American Invasion of Afghanistan
Friendship & Loyalty
Ethnicity: Pashtan 44%
Religion: Sunni Muslim 84%
Shi'a Muslim 15%
Life expectancy: 46 years
Infant mortality 142/1000
~ 1978 - Afghan President Daoud was murdered by communists
~ A resistance movement was born which led to civil war
~ 1979 - Soviet military sent to stop the war
~ Western powers gave money and equipment to resistors of the Soviets because of the Cold War
~ After 10 years, Soviets admitted defeat and left
~ After The Soviets left, the civil war continued
~ The resisters of communism (Northern Alliance) won
~ 1996 The Taliban took Kabul from the Northern Alliance
~ Sunni Muslim
~ Fundimentalists, preach the Koran
~ Implement strict Islamic law
~ Civil war between the Northern Aliance and the Taliban followed
~ 2001 refused to hand over Osama bin Laden and his senior Al-Qaeda associated to US which led to it's bombing and installment of US troops
Sunni - Pashtun
Shi'a - Hazara
Baba's love and approval
- Acts dishonorably towards the king by sleeping with his daughter
- does not know who his father is
- meets an untimely death
- Predominately Mongoloid features
- Thought to be descended from Genghis Khan
- Orginially Sunni muslims until they converted to Shi'a
- Their heartland is Hazarajat, a mountainous region
- Main employment: farmer, 30-50% servant
- Taliban did not like the way the women dressed in bright skirts, bangles and earrings and did not cover their faces
~ The largest denomination of Islam
~ Oppressed the Hazaras thoughout history
~ The son, Sohrab, has been on a life-long search for his father but is wounded in the battlefield
~ He dies after he finds out that the man who wounded him was his father
~ Rostum, the father, is full of grief and blame
~ A violent, childhood game
~ The string is covered in ground glass
~ Carves deep gashes in the fliers' hands as they try to cut each other down
~ One child flies the kite, the other feeds the string and tries to run to the fallen kites to collect them
Chapter 1 as a prologue
Dreams and memories woven into the text
Opinions of Amir
Most important theme
Most important value
"There is a way to be good again"
"This is his home and we're his family"
"I wish Hassan had been with us today"
"There is only one sin. And that is theft..."
"For you, a thousand times over"
Afghan words used - and their definitions
"...We spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir."
Able to adapt
Real historical events embedded into the storyline
Able to adapt