What is the significance of this passage in the novel The Kite Runner? “Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.” 

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In chapter 25, Amir brings his adopted son, Sohrab, home with him to California, where Sohrab has a difficult time adjusting to his new life. After enduring such extensive trauma as a child, Sohrab refuses to speak, and his silence is depicted as being forced and oppressive. Amir begins by describing the positive aspects of silence by saying,

"Quiet is turning down the VOLUME knob on life. Silence is pushing the OFF button. Shutting it down. All of it." (Hosseini, 392)

This type of voluntary silence is tranquil, peaceful, and rejuvenating. It is the typical silence individuals seek when they need time to heal, rest, and reflect. Amir then juxtaposes this type of calm, soothing silence with Sohrab's oppressive, harsh silence by saying,

"Sohrab's silence wasn't the self-imposed silence of those with convictions, of...

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