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.

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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 Soraya's mother, Khala Jamila, is present and enjoying the festivities. She is not present in the movie.

The message of the book and movie is the same: the possibility of redemption. Throughout the book and movie there are many different characters trying to redeem themselves for past mistakes. Amir and Rahim Khan are examples of two characters who are able to achieve redemption.

The message (or theme) of redemption also applies to Hassan's mother, Sanaubar. In the book, she is able to redeem herself by helping Hassan and Farzana raise their son, Sohrab. In the movie, Sanaubar is not mentioned at all.

Regarding the character Sohrab, one similarity between the book and the movie is his excellent ability to use a slingshot. This is a big plot device, because it helps Amir save him from Assef and the Taliban.

One big difference between the book and the movie regarding Sohrab is that his suicide attempt is a central scene in the book, whereas in the movie this event occurs offscreen.

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