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The pomegranate tree is a symbol of friendship and of Hassan's martyrdom in The Kite Runner. The friendship between the youthful Amir and Hassan flourishes and then dies under the boughs of the...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2021, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Amir's mother, Sofia Akrami, tragically hemorrhaged to death while giving birth to her son in 1963. Sofia Akrami was a descendant of the royal family and was considered the most graceful, virtuous...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Chapter 3, Amir overhears his father speaking about him to Rahim Khan. Baba tells Rahim Khan that he was not like Amir growing up and notices how the other neighborhood boys push him...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2017, 9:28 am (UTC)

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Baba and Amir have a strained relationship in their homeland. Baba is extremely successful and is condescending towards Amir's interests, wishing him to be more practical and enterprising. Things...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019, 3:25 pm (UTC)

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Rahim Khan essentially means that there is a way for Amir to atone for his past sins and redeem himself by telling him that there is a way to be good again. Rahim Khan knows that Amir witnessed...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Amir and Baba's relationship seems to grow distant after they move to the United States. It seems like Baba is a broken man, having lost his wealth and lifestyle from when they lived in the Middle...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 10:04 pm (UTC)

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The most significant example of betrayal in The Kite Runner is Amir's abandoning of Hassan to be brutally attacked and raped by Assef, the local bully. Amir could and should have intervened, but...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 6:26 am (UTC)

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Aside from the fact that Amir never saw his mother and that he feels the guilt of causing her death during childbirth--and believes that Baba blames him as well--Amir knows very little about his...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2012, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner, Amir and Hassan are close friends who come from different classes. As children, Hassan lives in Amir's family's house—his father is a family servant. However, he shares a deep...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 10:26 am (UTC)

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As was mentioned in the previous post, kite flying in Afghanistan is very popular. Throughout the novel, Amir and Hassan join and win Kabul's kite-fighting tournament. Hassan, Amir's best friend...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2017, 10:11 am (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner, Ali probably knows that Hassan is not his son, but it is never stated and it also does not matter. For all intents and purposes, Hassan is his son. Ali loves Hassan as if he...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020, 2:20 am (UTC)

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This quote from Khaled Hossein's The Kite Runner occurs in chapter seven and it comes during one of the pivotal events of the novel. It is not a very difficult quote to understand, as Amir says...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013, 5:28 am (UTC)

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Amir redeems himself at the end of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini when he adopts Hassan’s son Sohrab. Amir goes back to the Middle East to get Sohrab and bring him to the United States. He...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 22 of Kite Runner contains many "full circle" endings. Returning to the country under Taliban control is dangerous, which Amir recognizes. Nevertheless, he is determined to get Sohrab. He...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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Amir sees emigrating to the United States as a way of escaping his troubled past. So long as he remains in Afghanistan, he will forever be wracked by guilt over his betrayal of Hassan. Upping...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020, 7:10 am (UTC)

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A metaphor is a comparison that does not use the words "like" or "as." In one use of a metaphor, Amir likens the past to an object you can bury. An object that is buried is easily forgotten because...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020, 1:01 pm (UTC)

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Sanaubar is Ali's wife and Hassan's mother who abandoned her family shortly after she gave birth to Hassan. Sanaubar is not a righteous person like Ali, and is known throughout Kabul as a whore. In...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2016, 11:18 am (UTC)

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Self-conscious-Amir struggles to live up to his father's expectations as a child. He wishes to please his father by joining the soccer team and acting masculine, but cannot seem to win his father's...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2016, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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Kamal is Assef’s friend, and they mostly spend time together. Kamal’s first appearance in the story occurs when Assef meets Amir and Hassan as they are walking up the hill to the pomegranate tree....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2017, 9:28 am (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner, Baba and Amir have dramatically different interests and personalities. Baba is portrayed as an aggressive, bold man who is intimidating and hypermasculine. Baba is also...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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The flashbacks in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner serve to establish protagonist Amir's central motivation in the story, as well as to draw connections between two generations of Afghani...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2021, 12:07 am (UTC)

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There is also a class and ethic dynamic in The Kite Runner that I believe is reflected in the use of this statement, first by Hassan to Amir and then later by Amir to Sohrab. Amir and Hassan are...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2015, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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Farid serves as Amir’s driver and guides him when he goes on a trip to rescue Sohrab from the war-torn country. Farid tells Amir that he has always been a tourist because he was not properly...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2017, 8:13 am (UTC)

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When Amir travels back to Kabul to rescue Sohrab, he is forced to visit his past enemy, Assef, who is a member of the Taliban. Assef has been molesting Sohrab, and Amir attempts to convince Assef...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the story of “Rostam and Sohrab” is important because of the significance the characters in book attach to it and because on some level, it parallels the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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The best place to start is to go into the text and examine the words of Amir. As words from the Koran reverberated through the room, I thought of the old story of Baba wrestling a black bear in...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 7, on page 51 of the Riverhead Books Edition of the novel The Kite Runner, Amir tells Hassan to come back with the blue kite. As Hassan is running after the kite, he stops and turns...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2016, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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This quote from The Kite Runner occurs in the pivotal chapter of the novel, chapter 7, in which Amir and Hassan have just won the kite-fighting tournament and Hassan goes to run the second-place...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2018, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Sanaubar was known as a promiscuous woman and was ashamed to have Ali as her husband. Sanaubar had eloped with a band of singers and dancers in 1964 and left behind her husband and newborn infant,...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 5:19 pm (UTC)

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Amir carries a lasting guilt over his treatment of Hassan, his childhood best friend. Hassan was a devoted and loyal friend, and Amir let him get sexually assaulted in order to win a kite to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019, 3:40 am (UTC)

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As mentioned previously, Baba is Hassan's father, making Amir Hassan's half-brother. As a child, Amir is jealous of Baba's affection toward Hassan. Unaware that Hassan is his half-brother, Amir...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019, 3:05 am (UTC)

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There are several ironies in Amir’s first story and his telling of it to Hassan. The story is a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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The ending of The Kite Runner shows Amir running a kite for Sorhab, his former best friend Hassam's son, whom he has adopted. The heartbreaking story has come all the way around, because Amir and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 3:21 pm (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Baba is different in the US than he is in Afghanistan. Baba is an important person in Afghanistan. He is wealthy. The home he and Amir share in Afghanistan is...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020, 12:59 am (UTC)

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Amir is a Pashtun and understands the social restrictions concerning relationships with the lower-class Hazaras. Despite the fact that Hassan is Amir's close friend, he is hesitant to acknowledge...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2018, 1:28 am (UTC)

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The relationship between Amir and Hassan is crucial to the themes of this novel because it is this friendship and the changes it undergoes that illustrate betrayal, regret (guilt) and forgiveness....

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010, 7:43 am (UTC)

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During Amir’s birthday, his father gave him two presents, a brand new Schwinn Stingray bicycle, and a wrist watch. According to Amir, he did not feel worthy of his father’s efforts to organize the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 5:15 pm (UTC)

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I will focus on Hassan and Amir to provide examples of courage from The Kite Runner. You will notice that early in the book there are examples of Hassan's courage and that it is not until later in...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2009, 8:18 am (UTC)

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We cannot pinpoint with accuracy why Khaled Hosseini wrote the novel. He even says that the story was imaginary. But we can take a few educated guesses. First, Khaled Hosseini grew up in Kabul,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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The passage is significant on many levels including, as other educators have noted, that it represents the first sign of what will hopefully be a bond between Amir and Sohrab and that Amir has been...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2020, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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Baba has a very close relationship with Hassan; he treats him like he's his own son. There's a good reason for this: he is his son. Amir doesn't find out about this until later on, but when he...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 9:43 am (UTC)

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Khaled Hosseini raises numerous issues throughout The Kite Runner regarding ethnicity, prejudice, religion, political unrest, friendship, guilt, violence, and redemption. Hosseini examines the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018, 10:22 am (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner we see the beginning of the terror that the Taliban has brought. Amir has traveled back to Afghanistan to try and get Sohrab, Hassan's son, and take him to a couple who will take...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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Baba and Ali's relationship is strikingly similar to Amir and Hassan's relationship because both friendships are affected by society's expectations, which prevent Baba and Amir from genuinely...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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There are several dreams in this novel, so I will address another dream not mentioned in the other answer. In chapter 7, Amir reflects on a few dreams and memories that punctuate his narration of...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 4, Amir recalls the times that he and Hassan would read underneath the pomegranate tree and mentions that Hassan's favorite story was the Shahnamah. The Shahnamah was a tenth-century...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2017, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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During his visit with Wahid's family, Amir witnesses the abject poverty in Afghanistan and realizes that Wahid gave his children's dinner to him and Fahrid in the ultimate display of hospitality...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Kamal is one of two cowardly, obsequious “lieutenants” to Assef, a sadistic bully who torments weaker boys, and who rapes Hassan while Amir looks on helplessly...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2015, 3:05 am (UTC)

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Kite fighting symbolically represents the positive and negative events of Amir's childhood in the story. One of Amir's favorite pastimes is kite fighting alongside his best friend, Hassan. Hassan...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 9:48 am (UTC)

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In The Kite Runner, Baba is defined by his strong personal beliefs. Baba clearly articulates his beliefs. He speaks forcefully, with a commitment to show that he knows what is right. One quote...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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