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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

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Published by: TheRisingAngel on Apr 06, 2010
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The Kite Runner to chapter 4.Chapter 1We get to know that Amir lives in San Francisco. He has done something he isn’tproud of and this is implied in the phone call from Rahim Khan.Unatoned sins: sins you haven’t tried to fix/made up for.Chapter 2What do we get to know about the childhood of the two friends and their different living conditions in this chapter?Hassan is living in the South part of Amir’s garden. It’s more like a mud hut. On the other hand Amir lives in a big prosperous house. Hassan is a Hazari and the son of Ali. Amir is a Pashtun and the son of Baba.Hassan is always defending Amir and Amir never stands up to his own rights. Hassan loves to sing and he is very kind to Amir. Hassan always takes the blame even though Amir talked him into it.For example ‘’sometimes up in the trees, I talked Hassan into firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor’s one eyed German shepherd’’2 In spite of class differences, what did the two boys have in common?The same age, ‘’fed from the same breasts (a wet-nurse) ’’ they like to play, climb in trees. They felt connected because they grew up without mothers.3 Describe their relationship to their fathers.Amir has a bad relationship with his father. Amir’s mother died in childbirth, Baba said in the book ‘’I wouldn’t believe he was my son if I hadn’t seen it withmy own eyes.’’Baba and Amir has different interests; Amir likes to read and write (the intellectual type) while Baba is more physically strong, he likes sports. ‘’His legs are like tree trunks’’It’s cold, tense,Hassan and his father have a very loving relationship together. They are strongly tied together.What do we learn about the two major ethnic groups in Afghanistan?We get to know about the Hazari (Shia, discriminated, poor) and the Pashtun (Sunni, the over class)Their looks are different, the Hazari have a more Asian, Chinese Mongolian look. 5 Describe Hassan’s looks and personality.He is described as having a China doll face and green eyes, flat nose and a cleft lip. Throughout the story Hassan is the brave one, he who acts, and he is alsovery kind and obedient. His chin is like a chunk of meat added.
Chapter 3What is your impression of Baba? – His physical appearance, his lifestyle, his character and his relationship to his son?He started business, carpeting, a successful man. He is tall and a powerful man,he is referred to as Mr. Hurricane; a legend about him wrestling a bear. When he enters a room, he draws all the attention, like sunflowers would turn to the sun; he got a very strong personality.His lifestyle: social; a lot of time with his friends. He drinks alcohol so he doesn’t follow the Islam rules; living a very Western style.Remember his conversation about stealing; if you lie, you steal the truth, if you kill someone, you steal his life. Every sin is a theft.How does Amir try to live up to his father’s expectations?They are on a football match, and he pretends that he is interested, but he is not interested at all. In addition he decides to win the kite competition, only for his father’s sake.What kind of boy is he? - Intellectual.Chapter 4In spite of the close relationship between Amit and Hassan, Amir never really considers Hassan as his friend. What do you think of Amir’s treatment of Hassan?Deeply rooted division between the ethnic groups was, even though they had a good time together, he was the best friend you could have, his servant first, nevera friend, only a servant.Chapter 5Amir faces his first major moral challenge. How does he cope with the frightening encounter with Assef and his friends? How does Hassan act?Amir doesn’t act, and that is the huge conflict throughout the book. Hassan on the other hand is very brave by threatening Assef with a slingshot, and he placeshimself in front of Amir, like a protector.Briefly describe Assef.Assef is a blond, blue eyes bully who lives in a posh compound in Kabul. He hasa reputation for savagery because he enjoys bullying other boys. He is born to aGerman mother and Afghan father. He thinks himself as a pure Afghan, even though he is like an ‘outsider’It is indicated that he is not fully sane, his eyes, the insanity. We get the impression that he could do anything; no limits to his cruelty.Chapters 6, 7 and 8.Describe the kite- fighting tournaments in Kabul. What was the task of the kite-runner.The last kite flying was the winner, there were no rules, you need to cut the other kites flying to win. Their hands were hurt by the thread while controlling the kite.

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