What is the plot of The Kite Runner?
Explain the situation of the main character as the story opens. Identify the basic plot elements of the story--is the main character trying to achieve something or overcome aparticular problem? Describe a few of the more important things that happen to the main character as he/she works toward the goal or solution.
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The general plot of The Kite Runner tells the story of the protagonist, Amir, and his journey between Afghanistan and America to seek atonement for his past sins against his old companion, Hassan. While living in Kabul, Amir lives the life of a privileged youth: His father, Baba, is a wealthy widower who employs several servants, including his old friend, Ali, and his son, Hassan. Although Amir and Hassan are close--Hassan runs kites for him, thus the title of the novel--Amir never accepts him as an equal; he also is jealous of the attention Baba pays him. In two disgraceful acts--first, failing to come to Hassan's aid when he is sodomized by a group of boys; and then by deliberately planting money under Hassan's mattress to make him look like a thief--Amir is able to rid the household of Hassan. But his guilt over these two transgressions never leaves him.
Growing up later in California, Amir is never able to forgive himself for what he did to Hassan. When Amir receives a phone call from Baba's old friend, Rahim Khan, imploring him to return to Pakistan to see him, Rahim (who seems to have recognized what Amir did to Hassan) assures Amir that "there is a way to be good again." While there, Rahim reveals secrets about Baba that only makes Amir more determined to ease his conscience. Amir returns, first to Pakistan and then to the dangers of Taliban-held Afghanistan, to search for Hassan's son.
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