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In the book The Kite Runner, what are some quotes with explanations from chapters 20-25?

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Posted November 21, 2010 at 6:47 AM via web

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In the book The Kite Runner, what are some quotes with explanations from chapters 20-25?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 22, 2010 at 5:10 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 20 of The Kite Runner,  Amir says,

Returning to Kabul was like running into an old, forgotten friend and seeing that life hadn't been good to him, that he'd become homeless and destitute(246)

This quote, I think, is important on a few levels.  On one level, it is important because it shows the reader how Amir feels on confronting his homeland, which has gone through many hard times.  On another level, is this quote really about Kabul, or is it about one old friend whom Amir has left behind, an old friend he has forgotten, an old friend whose life has become disrupted and destitute? 

In Chapter 21, Amir says,

I don't want to forget anymore (263). 

His driver has just told him that nothing has survived and it's better to forget.  But Amir has been trying to forget since he left his homeland, and he realizes that in order to be a whole and good person, he cannot forget any longer.  He understands that he must confront his past and deal with it. 

Can you find some good quotes in the remaining chapters, quotes that tell the reader something important about the themes of the story? 

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