What is the exposition ofThe Kite Runner?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The specific exposition of The Kite Runner occurs in Chapters 1-5.  In these chapters, Hosseini introduces his readers to the main characters, provides detailed information about the setting (Afghanistan--in these chapters, it's Afghanistan during the 1970s, the country's Golden Age), and details the relationships between the main characters. 

These first chapters are also significant in that readers obtain a view of the conflict between Amir and Baba and the one-sided tension between Amir and Hassan. These two main conflicts drive the book's plot and action.

mkcapen1 | Student

An exposition is the background to include the plot, character, setting, and theme of the essay;

The book The Kite Runner is a novel about  Amir, a man  born in Kabul who later moved to America.  He is haunted buy the past experience that involved his own lack of courage in a very significant moment.   It is also a novel about the relationship between a father and son.

In the book Amir grew up with another child whom also nursed from the woman as Amir.  Hassan is a child of the Hazara race.  He has a sweet disposition, adores Amir, lives on the property and is both servant and friend to Amir.  Yet, the class and race distinctions separate them from being true friends. 

Hassan is the type of child who makes Amir's father proud.  He stands up for others, is honest and kind, and is athletic.  Amir is less extroverted, loves to read and learn, and is not a fighter.  The secret that the reader nor the boys know is that Hassan is Baba's, Amir's father's, illigitimate son. 

The boys live a good exia good existence with Amir experiencing jeaolousy over Hassan until one eventful day.  The day should have been one of joy for Amir as he ahd made his father proud by being the winner in a kite running contest.  Instead, Amir witnessed Hassan being raped by Assef, a bully and sadest, whom Amir fears.  Hassan had prevously protected Amir from Assef.

Amir is so ashamed by his inability to assit Hassan that he experiences guilt that follows him into adulthood. 

The primary characters in the story include: Rahim Kahn, Baba's friend and confident and a father image and support for Amir;  Baba, Amir's father and a wealthy and well respected man in Afghanastan; Ali, Baba's servant and friend and the man whose wife he slept with and with whom he created Hassan;  Hassan, Amir's half brother/friend/servant; Sohrab, Hassan's son; Assef, the bully; and Soraya, Amir's wife.

The theme of The Kite Runner is absolution, father and so dynamics, and self-forgiveness.

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