Why is the geography of The Kite Runner important? What ways did all of the characters travel during the book for any reason?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The location of The Kite Runner's setting--Afghanistan--was important during the time sequence of the novel and has only gained importance though the U. S.'s military involvement in the nation today. When the story began, Afghanistan was relatively independent; the Soviet deployment of troops and takeover that forced Baba and Amir to leave was of international importance at the time it occurred. Afghanistan freedom fighters managed to drive the Russians out and regain their independence, only to be taken over by the Taliban and then be subject to American invasion in the 21st century.

The location of Afghanistan is important due to its proximity to the old Soviet Union and its closeness to other terrorist havens (such as Pakistan), as well as to other hotspots (Iraq) and anti-American governments (Iran). Baba and Amir travelled from Afghanistan through Pakistan to reach the safety of the U. S., and Amir repeated this route when he returned, going from California to Pakistan and into Afghanistan and then back again.

Since Baba was a wealthy man, he travelled by automobile (he was the owner of the much-admired Mustang) before leaving the country in the recess of an oil tanker.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book The Kite Runnergeography plays an important role. The book opens with Amir living in San Francisco.  He has lived there for awhile with his father, but he receives a call from an old friend.  He then begins to think back on his childhood.

The boy Amir begins his youth living in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He grows up with a  father who has a comfortable amount of money and can afford a nice home and even to help build an orphanage.  However, the country Afghanistan has been through a lot of government turmoil and this is reflected in the book.

Amir and his father visit relatives in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  Where he wakes up in the night and states out loud "I saw Hassan raped, " but no one hears him.

After the country was becoming dangerous between the Russians and the Afghani’s Amir and Baba fled.  They initially went to Mahipar and from there to Jalalabad.  They traveled to Pagahan.  Then they go to Peshwar; Pakahastan.

Eventually they move to San Franciscowhere they begin a new life, but Amir has to return to his homeland.  He returns to Kaka Kahn in Peshwar and then ahs to go with a driver back o Kabul to try  and rescue Sohrab, Hassan's son.

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