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What are 10 important events which are significant to The Kite Runner's plot, in chronological order?

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mshargaden | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 29, 2009 at 11:07 AM (Answer #1)

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1. Amir and Hassan, his hare-lipped servant, and a group of older bullies are led by Assef, a real bully who wants to get revenge on for Amir.

2.  For Hassan's birthday, Amir's dad Hassan pays to fix his harelip.

3.  Amir decides to compete in the kite-fighting competition, because he likes the sport, but mainly because he wants to get his father's admiration. Hassan promises to run after the last defeated kite. He finds the fallen kite, but is chased by some other boys. Amir follows him and discovers Assef, Kamal, and Wali fighting with Hassan and Assef rapes Hassan.  Amir  runs away in fear.

4.  Baba throws a party for Amir's 13th birthday, were Amir sees Assef, who brings a strange present: a biography of Hitler.  Amir escapes the party and goes to a quiet place where Rahim Khan finds him, talks to him, and gives him a special gift—a notebook in which to write his stories.  Amir plants some money and a brand new watch  in Hassan's bed so people think that Hassan has stolen from Amir.  He and Ali leave the house in Kabul.  Amir knows he is causing great pain to others, including his father, but he does not do anything to correct the misconception he created.

5.  In 1981, Amir and his father  leave everything behind and flee to Pakistan inside the tank of a fuel truck, with dozens of other refugees.

6.  Amir and his father go to Fremont, California, where many other immigrants from Afghanistan have moved. Amir falls in love with an Afghan girl named Soraya Taheri, who he gets to know at the Saturday swap meets.They get married a month before Amir's father dies of lung cancer from smoking.

7.  Amir goes to Pakistan.  He gets a call from Baba's old friend Rahim Khan, who is sick and old and living in Pakistan.  Amir plans his trip to Pakistan to see him. He hopes that coming to Pakistan will give him a chance to redeem himself. Rahim Khan tells Amir that he is dying and tells him that Hassan lived with him in Kabul for a while. Amir learns that Hassan and his wife have been executed by the Taliban. Also,  Hassan is not only Amir's former servant but also his half brother, the offspring of Amir's father and Hassan's mother Sanaubar.

8.  Amir goes to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab.  At the house, Amir meets Assef, his childhood enemy.Sohrab is being kept at the home where he is made to dance in women's clothes and Assef might have been raping him. Assef agrees to give him to Amir, but only if Amir will let him beat him up. Amir is saved when Sohrab uses his slingshot to shoot Assef's eye.

9.  When they get back to the USA, Sohrab will not talk because he is so wounded emotionally.   One day Amir talks about his father, Hassan, while they go kite flying. Amir shows off some of Hassan’s old tricks, and Sohrab begins to interact with Amir again.

10.  In the end Sohrab finally smiles a little crooked smile.

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latatinman | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2011 at 1:05 AM (Answer #2)

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1. Amir and Hassan, his hare-lipped servant, and a group of older bullies are led by Assef, a real bully who wants to get revenge on for Amir.

2.  For Hassan's birthday, Amir's dad Hassan pays to fix his harelip.

3.  Amir decides to compete in the kite-fighting competition, because he likes the sport, but mainly because he wants to get his father's admiration. Hassan promises to run after the last defeated kite. He finds the fallen kite, but is chased by some other boys. Amir follows him and discovers Assef, Kamal, and Wali fighting with Hassan and Assef rapes Hassan.  Amir  runs away in fear.

4.  Baba throws a party for Amir's 13th birthday, were Amir sees Assef, who brings a strange present: a biography of Hitler.  Amir escapes the party and goes to a quiet place where Rahim Khan finds him, talks to him, and gives him a special gift—a notebook in which to write his stories.  Amir plants some money and a brand new watch  in Hassan's bed so people think that Hassan has stolen from Amir.  He and Ali leave the house in Kabul.  Amir knows he is causing great pain to others, including his father, but he does not do anything to correct the misconception he created.

5.  In 1981, Amir and his father  leave everything behind and flee to Pakistan inside the tank of a fuel truck, with dozens of other refugees.

6.  Amir and his father go to Fremont, California, where many other immigrants from Afghanistan have moved. Amir falls in love with an Afghan girl named Soraya Taheri, who he gets to know at the Saturday swap meets.They get married a month before Amir's father dies of lung cancer from smoking.

7.  Amir goes to Pakistan.  He gets a call from Baba's old friend Rahim Khan, who is sick and old and living in Pakistan.  Amir plans his trip to Pakistan to see him. He hopes that coming to Pakistan will give him a chance to redeem himself. Rahim Khan tells Amir that he is dying and tells him that Hassan lived with him in Kabul for a while. Amir learns that Hassan and his wife have been executed by the Taliban. Also,  Hassan is not only Amir's former servant but also his half brother, the offspring of Amir's father and Hassan's mother Sanaubar.

8.  Amir goes to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab.  At the house, Amir meets Assef, his childhood enemy.Sohrab is being kept at the home where he is made to dance in women's clothes and Assef might have been raping him. Assef agrees to give him to Amir, but only if Amir will let him beat him up. Amir is saved when Sohrab uses his slingshot to shoot Assef's eye.

9.  When they get back to the USA, Sohrab will not talk because he is so wounded emotionally.   One day Amir talks about his father, Hassan, while they go kite flying. Amir shows off some of Hassan’s old tricks, and Sohrab begins to interact with Amir again.

10.  In the end Sohrab finally smiles a little crooked smile.

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