1.1.3 As a boy, Amir fails to
stand up for himself. As an
adult he can only redeem
himself by proving he has
the courage to stand up for
what is right.
22.214.171.124 - Protects Hassan's son as a way of
expressing his apology and love
towards Hassan (his half-brother)
1.2 "Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took
our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard.
And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words.
Mine was Baba. His was Amir. My name.
1.2.1 Brings up an interesting
question: Does the revelation of
Amir and Hassan being
half-brother really change
anything? - Aren't the two
already brother's in everything?
or does 'blood' fundamentally
change Amir's relationship with
1.2.2 (We) - pronoun - togetherness - acceptance.
(Hassan & i) - boastful about his friendship/brotherhood.
1.2.3 (Short Sentences) - feeling of realism -
As though the protagonist is recalling
1.2.4 (Was) - past tense - struggles
that have been experienced:
Racism, Friendship, Betrayal...
1.2.5 (Same) - Repetition -
The pair are almost
identical. However the
repetition of 'same'
doesn't change the fact
that Amir and Hassan
are from two completely
different social statuses.
- the limit to their
regardless of whether
they are half-brothers or
if they've been fed and
raised in the same
1.2.6 Hassan's loyalty
towards Amir is made
apparent from before
they could speak.
1.3 "He knew I had betrayed him and
yet he was rescuing me once
again, maybe for the last time. I
loved him in that moment, loved
him more than I'd ever loved
anyone, and I wanted to tell them
all that I was the snake in the
grass, the monster in the lake."
1.3.1 (I) - Repetition - personal pronoun - Reinforcement of guilty
conscience pervading every aspect of his life -
1.3.2 (I betrayed/ snake/ monster) - Loss of control - inhumane
126.96.36.199 foreshadowing their future relationships
1.4 Setting: "..Old abandoned cemetery"
1.4.1 Foreshadows death and loss
1.4.2 There 'there is a pomegranate
tree' with ' blood-red
188.8.131.52 Representative of their
friendship. Foreshadowing the
fact that it may be tarnished in
1.5 Setting: "...musty smelling
bazaars of the
amid the bustling
1.5.1 Vivid Imagery
184.108.40.206 Makes us feel as though we
are living their childhood
220.127.116.11.1 Emphasises importance
of their childhood
1.6.1 Ends with a
18.104.22.168 "Then Afghanistan
22.214.171.124.1 Foreshadowing and
cliffhanger - This structure
1.6.2 Time is used
1.7 Hassan's and
1.7.1 "...i never thought of
Hassan as a friend..."
126.96.36.199 Ethnic differences 'in
the i was a Pashtun
and he was a Hazara...
nothing was going to
change that. Nothing.
188.8.131.52.1 Foreshadowing that this
will affect their relationship
in the future
2.7 Men & Masculinity
3.1 The Colour Purple
3.1.1 Hassan's Rape / Celie's Rape
at the stat of the novels.
3.1.2 Spoken in first person: Amir/Celie
3.1.3 Structures of writing changes,
indicating the transformation
from child to adult.
184.108.40.206 Use of
4.1 Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul,
Afghanistan, on March 4, 1965, and was the
oldest of five children. Just as he describes in
The Kite Runner, Kabul was a cosmopolitan city
at the time.
4.2 The Kite Runner deals with the country of Afghanistan
from the 1970s to the year 2002. Like all places,
Afghanistan has a long and complicated history, but it
came to international attention only after the coup of 1973.
4.3 From 1933-1973, Afghanistan was a
monarchy ruled by King Zahir Shah. On
July 17, 1973, when the king was on
vacation, Mohammad Daoud Khan
seized power. Mohammad Daoud Khan
was Zahir Shah's cousin and a former
Prime Minister of Afghanistan.
4.3.1 Although the Military coup was nearly bloodless (non-violent),
from Amir's story, we find that it was still a frightening time for the
people of Kabul who could hear rioting and shootings in the
4.3.2 After 6 years of ruling the country on April 27, 1978,
Daoud Khan was violently slaughtered and taken over
by the PDPA
4.4 PDPA - Communist party
(Peoples Democratic Party
4.4.1 instituted many political and social reforms in
Afghanistan, including abolishing religious and
traditional customs. These reforms incensed
groups of Afghans who believed in adherence
to traditional and religious laws.
220.127.116.11 Lead the Soviet Army to
occupy Afghanistan, lasting a
18.104.22.168.1 Historical point in The Kite
Runner: When Baba and Amir
5 Summary: The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini's is an illiterate
Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where
a downed kite will land. Growing up in the city of Kabul in the
early 1970's, Hassan was narrator Amir's closest friend even
though the loyal 11-yeard-old with "a face like a Chinese doll"
was the son of Amir's father's servant and a mmber of
Afganistan's despised Hazara minority. But in 1975, on the day
of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, soemthing
unspeakable happened between the two boys. When Amir wins
the tournament, Hassan sets off to run the losing kite. amir
looks for him and finds hassan trapped at the end of an alley,
pinned with his pants down. Wali, Kamal hold him and Assef
rapes him( a gang who discriminated against Hassan's class).
Amir runs away, and when Hassan appears with the kite, Amir
pretends he doesnt know what happened, leading the two to
drift apart and experience seperate traumatic events.