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I am studying the theme of sacrifice in The Kite Runner, what quotes within the novel...

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bfield | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 17, 2010 at 9:39 PM via web

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I am studying the theme of sacrifice in The Kite Runner, what quotes within the novel support the different ways in which the theme is explored?

I need up to ten quotes! As well as the clear ways hosseini explores sacrifice through the sacrifice of the sheep, what ways do other characters sacrifice?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM (Answer #1)

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I am allowed to give you some quotes and leave some for other editors.  Sacrifice from my point of view has been the way in which Hassan has lived his life.  He always does for others with little concern for himself.  Even as a child he made decisions based on sacrifice. 

Assef was the local bully who tried to dominate Amir often.  When they were confronted by him, Hassan pulls out his slingshot after asking him nicely to leave them alone.

"You are right Agah.  But perhaps you didn't notice that I'm the one holding the slingshot."(42)


When Assef and his friends trap Hassan in the alley way, they try to get Amir's kite from him.  He defies them by telling them that the kite was won by Amir and that he would not give it to them.  Had he given it to them Assef may not have become so angry that he raped Hassan.  Even in this stressful and dangerous situation, Hassan makes the sacrifice to protect Amir's kite.

"Amir agha won the tournament and I ran this kite for him.  I ran it fairly.  This is his kite"(72)


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