What are the settings of the story The Kite Runner?I am looking for a good way to explain the setting of the story (so not the genre). We are having a book fair at our school in the Netherlands...

What are the settings of the story The Kite Runner?

I am looking for a good way to explain the setting of the story (so not the genre). We are having a book fair at our school in the Netherlands and we have to pretend to be the writers of our book. The 9th graders will be the potential readers (so they can judge) and the teachers are the editors who might want to publisch the book (they give the scores, of course).

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Other settings not mentioned in the previous posts include the following:

  • After immigrating to America, Baba and Amir reside in Fremont, California, which is located south of Oakland and north of Santa Clara on the southeastern tip of San Francisco Bay. (The area of Fremont in which they live is nicknamed "Little Kabul" because of the large number of Afghan immigrants there.)
  • During Baba and Amir's journey through Afghanistan into Pakistan during their flight from Russian occupation, the two stay in Peshawar, Pakistan for a few months before heading to America.
  • Baba and Amir spend their weekends at the San Jose flea market (located just south of their home in Fremont) where Amir first meets Soraya Taheri, who will become his wife.
  • Amir and Soraya are married at a mosque in Hayward, just north of Fremont.
  • Amir returns to Peshawar, where he meets up with Baba's old friend, Rahim Khan. Amir decides to return to Taliban-held Afghanistan and, eventually, Kabul, during his search for his nephew, Sohrab.
  • Amir spends a night in the home of his driver, Farid, who lives in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

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simoncat | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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That's a really good introduction to the novel, well done. You go beyond simply setting here into plot territory which is fine as long as this is what you wish to do.

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irislirisl | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

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Thank you!

This is what I had so far:

The Kite Runner is the story of strained family relationships between a father and a son, and between two brothers, how they deal with guilt and forgiveness, and how they weather the political and social transformations of Afghanistan from the 1970s to 2001. The Kite Runner opens in 2001. The adult narrator, Amir, lives in San Francisco and is contemplating his past, thinking about a boyhood friend whom he has betrayed. The action of the story then moves backward in time to the narrator's early life in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he is the only child of a privileged merchant. Amir's closest friend is his playmate and servant Hassan, a poor illiterate boy who is a member of the Hazara ethnic minority. The Kite Runner, a coming-of-age novel, deals with the themes of identity, loyalty, courage, and deception. As the protagonist Amir grows to adulthood, he must come to terms with his past wrongs and adjust to a new culture after leaving Afghanistan for the United States.

The novel sets the interpersonal drama of the characters against the backdrop of the modern history of Afghanistan, sketching the political and economic toll of the instability of various regimes in Afghanistan; from the end of the monarchy to the Soviet-backed government of the 1980s to the fundamentalist Taliban government of the 1990s. The action closes soon after the fall of the Taliban and alludes to the rise of Hamid Karzai as leader of a new Afghan government in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. The story is set in Kabul, which was a cosmopolitan city at the time. Western culture, including movies and literature, mixed with Afghan traditions, such as kite fighting in the winter.

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simoncat | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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As far as The Kite Runner goes, the setting is somewhere between 1975 and 2001. There are two places central to the novel.  They are Kabul (Afghanistan) and California (United States).Certainly setting involves time and place. This is usually included in the exposition (beginning) of the story although not always. The setting gives the reader context to which they can interpret the story.