Please answer the following question about The Kite Runner:
Why is it symbolic to Amir that Soraya's desire to be a teacher is based on her success at teaching an illliterate young girl to read? What do you think this makes him think of from his life story?
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Soraya has overcome a rather sordid past. She defied the strict culture of her people, ran off to live with another man, and was shunned by the Afghan community in the United States because of this. She is constantly treated as if she were wearing a scarlet letter by her community, and yet she is strong and wants to pursue a career as a teacher to help others. In this way, she is not cowardly, and Amir is probably contrasting her courage with his lack of courage in his past.
He remembers reading stories to Amir but he also recalls that he often would become impatient in trying to teach Hassan to read, unlike Soraya. Worse, he didn't really care whether Hassan learned to read or not, and as he progressed in school, did not even bother to read much anymore to Hassan, often kicking Hassan out of his room when he would pop in to visit and see what Amir was doing.
Comparing himself to Soraya makes Amir feel guilty.
In the story The Kite Runner Amir grew up with another child named Hassan. He and Hassan were half brothers due to his father's affair with his servant's wife. Hassan was a Hazra which limited his opportunities for an education in the community. Instead, he had the role of taking care of Amir as well as being his friend.
Hassan loved to have Amir read him stories. Hassan had no ability to read so Amir would try and teach him and read to him. Each day when Amir went off to school to learn, Hassan ahd to stay back and complete servant tasks. Yet, Hassan was Amir's biggest fan. Amir was a good writer and would read his stories to Hassan. Hassan was amazed by Amir's abilities.
Seeing his wife take the time to teach the girl probably has made Amir think back on his short comings at having given Hassan all the help that he had really needed.
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