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How significant is the symbol of the pomegrante tree throughout the book "The Kite Runner?" I have an oral...

The pomegranate tree located on the northern hill of Baba's property is where Amir and Hassan would meet, play, and read books as children. Amir even recalls carving, "Amir and Hassan, the sultans...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 12:01 pm UTC

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What did Rahim Khan mean when he said to Amir, "there is a way to be good again?"

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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Explain Amir and Hassan's friendship in The Kite Runner.

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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In The Kite Runner, how does the relationship between Amir and Baba change when they move to America?    

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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What are a few character traits of Amir from The Kite Runner?

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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How does Hassan's mother, Sanaubar, try to attain redemption in the novel The Kite Runner?

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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Identify the meaning of this quote from The Kite Runner: “A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who...

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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What are some quotes or examples of betrayal expressed in The Kite Runner? I need to find out examples of betrayal...

BETRAYAL IN THE KITE RUNNER Amir. Amir twice betrays his loyal servant, Hassan, while they are still boys in Kabul: First, Amir fails to come to Hassan's aid when he is sodomized by Assef shortly...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012 2:38 pm UTC

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What does Farid mean when he tells Amir in Chapter 19 of The Kite Runner, "You've always been a tourist here, you...

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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What are ten main events in chronological order for Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner?

The story opens with Amir talking to Rahim Khan, who is in Pakistan. The story then shifts to Amir and Hassan playing as children in Afghanistan. The opening talked about the close bond between...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 5:00 pm UTC

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For You A Thousand Times Over

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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In chapter 22 of The Kite Runner, name three "full circle" endings that occur as we reach the climax, or turning...

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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What is the significance of the title "The Kite Runner"?

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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What are four examples of metaphors in The Kite Runner?

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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What is the significance of the ending of The Kite Runner?

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, what is the significance of Amir's dream about Baba and the bear?

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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What was Khaled Hosseini's purpose in writing The Kite Runner?

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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How does Amir gain redemption in The Kite Runner?

In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir, the narrator, opens the book by saying, I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.1 remember the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 11:29 pm UTC

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“For me, America was a place to bury my memories.  For Baba, a place to mourn his.” Explain and respond to this...

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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When Amir and Baba move to the States in The Kite Runner, their relationship changes.  Discuss their changes. Do you...

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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In The Kite Runner, how does Baba and Amir's relationship change when they move to the United States?

Amir and his father became much closer after fleeing Afghanistan. They had lived through terrible danger together and had survived to make a new life in a land that was equally foreign to both of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2009 5:07 pm UTC

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In The Kite Runner what are key moments that show courage and bravery? Please include specific quotes from the text...

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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In The Kite Runner the novel begins with flashbacks.  What is the purpose of this, and what do we learn about the...

Hosseini relies heavily on flashback not only to build suspense but also to support his theme of the past's immense effect upon the present. At the beginning, Hosseini begins the novel in present...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 10:09 pm UTC

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What happened to Hassan's mother, Sanaubar, in The Kite Runner?

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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In The Kite Runner, why does Amir feel guilty, how does this guilt affect him, and how does he try to atone for his...

In Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, grown-up Amir’s overwhelming sense of guilt can be traced back to his treatment of his childhood friend, Hassan. Amir was a silent bystander to Hassan’s rape...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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Does Amir redeem himself at the end of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini?

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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What are the similarities and differences between Amir and Baba in The Kite Runner?

In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Hassan and Amir are best friends. While there are similarities between the two, there are also significant differences. Their personalities, faiths, social...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 7:57 pm UTC

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, why do Baba and Amir move out of Afghanistan? Is it a forced or voluntary...

I would argue Baba and Amir were forced to move out of Afghanistan because of the prevailing dangerous conditions. The Afghan community was divided and civil liberties were restricted. People who...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 12:45 pm UTC

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What was ironic about Kamal's death in The Kite Runner?

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, why does Amir place money under a mattress when he returns to Afghanistan as an adult?

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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What were the presents Baba gave to Amir and Hassan on their birthdays, and what do they signify in The Kite Runner?

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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Who is Kamal in "The Kite Runner?"

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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What is the idea that the quote "Baba loved the idea of America" referring to?

This quote expresses the truth that Baba loves the idea of America but "living" in America gives Baba an ulcer. Hosseini includes this quote not only to portray the difficulty that many immigrants...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009 5:18 am UTC

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What is the relationship between Amir and Hassan? How do they express the themes of friendship, betrayal, regret, or...

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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Hassan has plastic surgery to be able to smile "normally" by the following winter. Why does Amir think that is ironic?

Hassan's normal smile is ironic for two reasons. He was born smiling, but even that was not enough for his mother not to abandon him. When he comes out of the surgery that Baba pays for, he...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2010 5:24 am UTC

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Why did Hassan name his son after one of the characters in the Shahnamah?  

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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In The Kite Runner, why is Baba disappointed by Amir's decision to become a writer? During their argument about his...

Amir's desire to become a writer dates back to his childhood. Baba was never supportive of his son's chosen career path despite it being Amir's passion. Baba's best friend and business partner...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2019 12:14 am UTC

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"In the end, the world always wins. That's just the way of things." Indicate the speaker and context, and explain the...

This quote is spoken by Rahim Khan on the day of Amir's birthday party. During this particular scene, Rahim is narrating to Amir the story of his first love. When he was eighteen years old, he had...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2017 12:12 am UTC

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Compare and Contrast Hassan and Amir in The Kite Runner. I have it narrowed down to differences in personality,...

In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, there are significant differences between best friends Hassan and Amir, including their personalities, faiths, social status, and even experiences. In terms...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 12:26 am UTC

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In The Kite Runner, what does Amir say about clichés?

As was mentioned in the previous post, Amir comments on the use of clichés when he visits Rahim Khan in Chapter 15. As soon as Rahim Khan opens the door, Amir recalls what his creative writing...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2016 10:23 am UTC

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Why is the death of Amir's mother more painful than the fact that the relationship he has with his father is distant...

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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Why is the quote below important? What is the significance of it? Also, how does it develop the plot and characters?...

At this point in the story, at the end of chapter 12, Soraya has revealed her secret to Amir. Amir envies Soraya because he still has a secret that he is tormented by and which he hasn't yet found...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 9:50 pm UTC

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In The Kite Runner, does Ali know that Hassan is not his son?

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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In The Kite Runner, what is the relainship between Baba and Hassan?

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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In "The Kite Runner," write a theme statement and a thesis statement In "The Kite Runner," write a theme statement...

You are being asked to do two related tasks, and your ability to discern the themes of the novel will help you think critically about how Hosseini crafts his opening chapter to help the reader see...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 2:03 am UTC

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What issues are raised in The Kite Runner?

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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What are the sins Baba commits in The Kite Runner by KhaledHosseini and how does he atone for them?

Baba is a strong character in Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, a man who is not likely to admit that he has any faults or frailties. In fact, however, to some extent he is to blame for many of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

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Is Amir selfish in The Kite Runner?

Amir is selfish at the beginning of the novel, but as he matures, he becomes more selfless. When he is young, is selfish for his father's love, and he resents his father's attentions towards...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

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In "Kite Runner", what is the significance of the irony in the first story of Amir? After hearing Amir's story,...

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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Please explain this quote from The Kite Runner with a brief paraphrase the its significance to the novel...

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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