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...

 

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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     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.  (Chapter Twenty-Five)

This quote describes the peacefulness of most people during their quiet time. Such is not the case with Sohrab. Sohrab's silence is not of a tranquil nature. It is the forced silence

... of one who has taken cover in a dark place, curled up all the edges and tucked them under.  (Chapter Twenty-Five)

Sohrab still has not spoken since coming to live in California. He has withdrawn into his own little world--sitting, staring, sleeping. It is not a life, but only a means to "occupy space," and "While Sohrab was silent, the world was not." The Twin Towers "came crumbling down," and "Sohrab sleepwalked through it all." The terrorist attacks on 9/11 provide Amir and Soraya with an outlet to display their renewed patriotism for both Afghanistan and America, but Sohrab's silence leaves little happiness in Amir's household. It is the silence of fear and bad memories that cannot be erased by pressing the delete button.

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