1) List some of the recurring themes of the film, 'The Kite Runner.' 2) When Amir failed Hassan, would you consider his action a human rights abuse?3) Could Hassan be considered wealthier than...

1) List some of the recurring themes of the film, 'The Kite Runner.'

2) When Amir failed Hassan, would you consider his action a human rights abuse?

3) Could Hassan be considered wealthier than Amir in some ways? Why or why not? Define wealth. What are some criteria we can use to measure one's personal inner wealth?

4) Who cose to stay in Afghanistan during the Soviet Invasion? Who chose to flee? Who did not have a choice? Why?

5) Did Amie and Baba Jan become internally displaced peoples? Refugees? Or both? What rights were taken away from them when they had to leave their home?

6) What kind of resettlement process did Baba and Amir have to go through? What kind of resettlement process did some other characters endure?

7) What did Rahim Khan mean when he said to Amir "there is a way to be good again"? Was it important for Amir to redeem himself? Why? Are we always able to reconcile with past mistakes or past human rights abuses? Is it important to do so? Why?


mkcapen1 | Student

We can not answer this many questions in one response, so I will help you out with some. 

2)  Amir was a child when he did not protect Hassan while Hassan was being raped from Assef.  He thought like a child and had some internal jealousy for his father's treatment of Hassan.  He put the money and watch in Hassan's bed because he could not face him.  His shamed turned outward towards Hassan. 

The people who committed Human Right's Violations were the Taliban when they came in an executed the Hazara people.  In addition, the treatment of the Hazara as a nation was a Human Rights issue.

3) As far as inner wealth, Hassan was more wealthy than Amir because he had a kindness in him and the ability to forgive.  When people are unable to forgive, anger starts to eat them up from the inside.  In Amir's case it had led to him feeling unhealthy and shadowed by his actions which had led to insomnia. 

Hassan had a strong faith in his spiritual beliefs, which he passed on to his son.  He also had a knowledge of who he really was and did not try to be something he wasn't.  Even later when he returned to Baba's home, he wanted to say in the same home he had stayed in as a child.  He was satisfied with himself and his lfe.  He was not hostile.

To measure one's inner wealth one has to look at how well a person can function.  Does the person feel good about himself?  Does the person have a strong sense of who he is and what his values are?  Is the person able to be satisfied with the gifts he has been given?  Does one have a sense of inner peace and comfort?

4) During the invasion and turmoil, Amir and his father, Baba, escaped and went to America.  Rahim decided to remain in Afghanistan to stay in the country that he loved.  Hassan and his family were poor and did not have the financial means to leave their country.

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