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51191509-Kite-Runner

51191509-Kite-Runner

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Published by Lim Shu Yin

The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini is one of the most influential story that we haveread in class this semester. The story is about racial discrimination, friendship, and familyidentity. The story revolves around the main character whose name is Amir. He was fromAfghanistan who ended up residing in San Francisco, California. He and his father escapedwhen the Taliban came into power. The storyline covers mainly on Amir¶s childhood inAfghanistan. Amir had a rich and wealthy childhood. He shared many memories with a friendnamed Hassan, a Hazara. Hassan was the son of Ali, his father¶s servant. Hazaras were seen asinferior races by most Afghans and were treated with little or no respect. The boys spent manydays together in a Kabul roaming in and around the city and kite fighting. Amir was a veryintelligent boy who also had creative side. That gave him the ability to write stories. Baba,Amir¶s father, seemed to be disappointed in his son because he didn¶t possessed the traits of other young Afghans. He wasn¶t into soccer or other sports boys his age would be interested in.However, Amir finds Rahim Khan, his father¶s friend, to be a great father figure. Amir loveshow Rahim listens and reads his stories.Assef, the neighborhood bully hates Hazaras. Assef doesn¶t like Amir because he hangsout with a Hazara. One day Assef and his friends decide to confront Amir, and ask why heinteracts with the Hazara boy. Hassan, being the braver of the two, stood up for Amir. Hassantook out his slingshot, pulled it back and then threatened to shoot Assef in the eye if he laid ahand on Amir. Upon seeing this, Amir and his friends stepped back and went away. They realized than Hassan was not kidding around

The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini is one of the most influential story that we haveread in class this semester. The story is about racial discrimination, friendship, and familyidentity. The story revolves around the main character whose name is Amir. He was fromAfghanistan who ended up residing in San Francisco, California. He and his father escapedwhen the Taliban came into power. The storyline covers mainly on Amir¶s childhood inAfghanistan. Amir had a rich and wealthy childhood. He shared many memories with a friendnamed Hassan, a Hazara. Hassan was the son of Ali, his father¶s servant. Hazaras were seen asinferior races by most Afghans and were treated with little or no respect. The boys spent manydays together in a Kabul roaming in and around the city and kite fighting. Amir was a veryintelligent boy who also had creative side. That gave him the ability to write stories. Baba,Amir¶s father, seemed to be disappointed in his son because he didn¶t possessed the traits of other young Afghans. He wasn¶t into soccer or other sports boys his age would be interested in.However, Amir finds Rahim Khan, his father¶s friend, to be a great father figure. Amir loveshow Rahim listens and reads his stories.Assef, the neighborhood bully hates Hazaras. Assef doesn¶t like Amir because he hangsout with a Hazara. One day Assef and his friends decide to confront Amir, and ask why heinteracts with the Hazara boy. Hassan, being the braver of the two, stood up for Amir. Hassantook out his slingshot, pulled it back and then threatened to shoot Assef in the eye if he laid ahand on Amir. Upon seeing this, Amir and his friends stepped back and went away. They realized than Hassan was not kidding around

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 The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini is one of the most influential story that we haveread in class this semester. The story is about racial discrimination, friendship, and familyidentity. The story revolves around the main character whose name is Amir. He was fromAfghanistan who ended up residing in San Francisco, California. He and his father escapedwhen the Taliban came into power. The storyline covers mainly on Amir¶s childhood inAfghanistan. Amir had a rich and wealthy childhood. He shared many memories with a friendnamed Hassan, a Hazara. Hassan was the son of Ali, his father¶s servant. Hazaras were seen asinferior races by most Afghans and were treated with little or no respect. The boys spent manydays together in a Kabul roaming in and around the city and kite fighting. Amir was a veryintelligent boy who also had creative side. That gave him the ability to write stories. Baba,Amir¶s father, seemed to be disappointed in his son because he didn¶t possessed the traits of other young Afghans. He wasn¶t into soccer or other sports boys his age would be interested in.However, Amir finds Rahim Khan, his father¶s friend, to be a great father figure. Amir loveshow Rahim listens and reads his stories.Assef, the neighborhood bully hates Hazaras. Assef doesn¶t like Amir because he hangsout with a Hazara. One day Assef and his friends decide to confront Amir, and ask why heinteracts with the Hazara boy. Hassan, being the braver of the two, stood up for Amir. Hassantook out his slingshot, pulled it back and then threatened to shoot Assef in the eye if he laid ahand on Amir. Upon seeing this, Amir and his friends stepped back and went away. Theyrealized that Hassan was not kidding around.Hassan is a very successful ³kite runner´ he knew exactly where the kite would landwithout even looking to see which direction it was headed. One triumphant day Amir wins thelocal tournament, which brings his father¶s praise. Hassan goes to run the last cut kite, a trophy,
 
 saying, ³For you, a thousand times over.´ Then, Hassan runs into Assef and his two henchmen.He refuses to give up Amir¶s kite, so in revenge as planned Assef assaults, and then rapesHassan. As this takes place Amir begins to wonder what is taking Hassan so long, but becomesquiet when he hears the sound of Assef¶s voice. Witnessing the assault and rape, he sits inagony and fright as his friend is brutally abused in complete innocence. After this occurrence,the two close friends grew apart, keeping their distances. Amir reacts differently because of hisfriend¶s good or perfect-like attitude, and becomes jealous of his father¶s love of Hassan. Hewonders if his father knows about Hassan defending Amir, and not letting Assef and hisfollowers take Amir¶s kite, while Amir stood back cowardly. He was terrified that his father¶slove for Hassan would grow even more.In a jealous fit, Amir frames Hassan as a thief only to force Hassan to leave. Hassanfalsely admits to this lie. Then Amir¶s father surprisingly forgives Hassan although he hadalways said, ³There is no act more wretched than stealing.´ Hassan and his father end upleaving anyway, which frees Amir the reminder of his embarrassing behavior and cowardice betrayal. However down in his shadowed heart he knew he was guilty.Five years after this, the Russian¶s invade Afghanistan, and Amir and his father run to a place known as Peshawer, Pakistan. Then they move to Fremont, California, and go from aluxurious mansion in Afghanistan to an old run-down apartment complex. His father begins towork at a local gas station, and Amir begins to take classes at the community college to expandhis writing abilities. Every Sunday, the two would make extra money at the flea market byselling some of their old used good¶s that were now useless. There Amir meets a femalerefugee, Soraya Taheri, and her family. Her father who was a high ranking officer inAfghanistan has contempt of Amir¶s literary aspiration. Amir then discovers his father has been
 
 diagnosed with terminal oat cell carcinoma. His father, still capable of granting his son one lastfavor, asks Soraya¶s father for permission for Amir to marry his daughter. Her father agrees andthe two get married.Thereafter Amir¶s father dies and the married couple discover they cannot producechildren. Carrying on as well as they could, Amir embarks on a successful career as a novelist.Fifteen years later, Amir receives a phone call from Rahim Khan, who is dying from an illness.The man asks Amir to come to Pakistan. He enigmatically tells Amir, ³There is a way to begood again.´ So, Amir packs his bags and heads to Pakistan. While there he learns the fates of Hassan and his father. Hassan¶s father was killed by a land mine, and Hassan was married andhad a son named Sohrab. He had returned to Amir¶s father¶s home to help and be a caretaker atRahim Khan¶s request. Soon the Taliban ordered his family to leave, but he refused and he andhis wife were brutally murdered. Then he finds out that the man Amir known as Hassan¶s father was never really his father. He was actually the son of Amir¶s father being Amir¶s half brother.Finally Rahim Khan tells Amir the real reason he asked him to come to Pakistan was to rescueHassan¶s son, Sohrab, from an orphanage. Because he was not allowed in, he had to dress upwith a beard and mustache in order to not get tortured by the people living in the area of theorphanage. When he arrives at the orphanage, he does not find the boy where he is supposed to be located. The director of the orphanage tells Amir that a Taliban official comes with moneyand takes a girl, but occasionally takes a boy. The director tells Amir to go to the soccer gameand to look for the man ³who does the speeches.´ He said he would be the man with the boy.He is not able to speak to the man ³who does the speeches´, but another man volunteers to talk toAmir. Eventually the substitute man reveals himself to be Assef, Amir¶s childhood enemy.Amir soon uncovers the truth about Sohrab. He was taken by Assef, and just as his father, he

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