The Kite Runner Questions and Answers
by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What are the similarities and differences between the book and film versions of The Kite Runner with regards to the end, the message, and Sohrab?

The similarities and differences between the book and film versions of The Kite Runner are that the final scenes are the same, except that Khala is absent in the movie version; the message of redemption is the same, except that Sanaubar and her redemption do not appear in the movie; and that Sohrab and his slingshot skills are the same, except his suicide occurs offscreen in the movie version.

Expert Answers info

Jay Oza, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12), Professional Writer

bookB.A. from University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth

bookM.A. from Northeastern University

calendarEducator since 2018

write22 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Business, and Arts

Regarding the end of the narrative, there are several similarities between the book and the movie. Amir, Soraya, and Sohrab are all in Golden Gate Park celebrating the Afghan New Year by playing the kite-fighting game. This is a very emotional moment, because Sohrab, who has become mute after his abuse, smiles at Amir. This suggests that a better future is possible after a difficult past.

One big difference between the book and the movie regarding this final scene is the fact that...

(The entire section contains 253 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial