[2015] Grace Wheater: Kite runner

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[2015] Grace Wheater: Kite runner

Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

The past always claws its way outThis author has a very powerful writing style. The way he writes leaves you wondering and not wanting to put the book down. He uses such power foreshadowing and imagery you can even picture what's going on in the story. Some places were a little shocking but that wasn't a bad thing it just added to the story's intenseness.

Character descriptions Amir: He's is the narrator of this story. Amir is sensitive, which his father doesn't like much, but very intelligent and has had a sense of enlightenment since a young age. His main hope and dream is for his father, Baba's affection. That dream leads him to a lot of jealousy towards his best friend and half-brother, which causes a huge problem between them. They grew up being best friends, 'I spent most of the first twelve years of my life playing with Hassan. Sometimes, my entire childhood seems like one long lazy summer day with Hassan" (4.6). However that’s just the first twelve years, after that the beginning to have more problems, which leads to an even bigger one that Amir could have stopped but didn't, instead he was a coward and ran. Eventually through the feeling of a lot of guilt he redeems and changes. It requires a lot of courage and self-sacrifice. Hassan:He is a loyal friend and proves it by constantly defending Amir and always standing up for him. His most defined traits are definitely selflessness, bravery, and intelligence, even though he is uneducated. He is actually Baba's illegitimate son, though he doesn't know, he thinks Ali is actually his father. Hassan was always a true friend to Amir always took the blame and protected him. For example when they got in trouble, "...he never told on me. Never told that the mirror. Like shooting walnuts at the neighbor's dog, was always my idea," (2.2-3)Baba:He is a well-known and respected business man. He's main belief is in doing what's right and thinking for oneself. He's the type that never lets anyone's belief hold him back; he hopes he can pass at least some of these traits to Amir. Baba is a brave and good man who will risk his life in what he believes in. The reason he hides the fact that Hassan is his son, is because he is ashamed he had an affair with a Hazara women. It’s tragic though; Baba cannot love Hassan openly so he can be hard on Amir at times and is distant. We know that he truly loves him but he can't express it. At one time Baba is talking to Rahim Khan about Amir, "A boy who won't stand up for himself becomes a man who can't stand up for anything" (end of ch.3).

One of the biggest themes I noticed in this novel was the love and tension between father and son. It's obvious throughout the book in a slightly heart breaking way. All Amir wants is to win Baba's love but it seems like he rarely truly loves him. That is a lot of what motivates him to not stop Hassan's rape. However there are some times he can tell how his father feels. For example, on Amir's graduation day Baba come up to him, "'I am moftakhir, Amir,' he said. Proud,"(139). Towards the end of the story there’s such a strong love between father and son, between Hassan and Sohrab. However when Hassan dies Amir tries to step up and be there for Sohrab, basically tries to be the father figure in his life. The relationship is strained at times because Sohrab has a hard time copping with the loss of his parents, because of that he sometimes can't open up with Amir.

The main setting in this story is in Afghanistan 1963-1981. After that it goes to other countries throughout the decades. The traveling comes to an end in 2001 though where he come back to his home town Kabul, Afghanistan. Even when Amir goes to the United Sates he still mentions in obviously loving detail about the Afghan-American community that the U.S. has.

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https://i.ytimg.com/vi/jP5z3gSBSho/hqdefault.jpg I personally love this picture becasue it show Amir trying to connect with Sohrab



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