There, Amir meets fellow refugee Soraya Taheri and her family. As a boy, Amir fails to stand up for himself. Farid is a taxi driver who is initially abrasive toward Amir, but later befriends him. I left a few things ambiguous because I wanted to drive the book clubs crazy.
Amir speakerSoraya Related Themes: At age 18, he and his father flee to America following the Soviet Military invasion of Afghanistan, where he pursues his dream of being a writer. In a rare moment when Amir is sitting on Baba jan's lap, he asks why his father drinks alcohol which is forbidden by Islam.
Amir, accompanied by Farid, an Afghan taxi driver and veteran of the war with the Soviets, searches for Sohrab. Hassan was actually Baba's son and Amir's half-brother. It was initially scheduled to premiere in Novemberbut the release date was pushed back six weeks to evacuate the Afghan child stars from the country after they received death threats.
I could wade into this river, let my sins drown to the bottom, let the waters carry me someplace far. In contrast with this, the most loving relationship between father and son we see is that of Hassan and Sohrab.
Amir speakerSohrab Related Themes: Amir finds a kinder fatherly figure in Rahim Khan, Baba's closest friend, who understands him and supports his interest in writing, whereas Baba considers that interest to be worthy only of females.
Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.
Amir is freed of the daily reminder of his cowardice and betrayal, but he still lives in their shadow. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.
Some of our cousins died. One day, he prepares to attack Amir with brass knucklesbut Hassan defends Amir, threatening to shoot out Assef's eye with his slingshot.
Chapter 3 Quotes Because the truth of it was, I always felt like Baba hated me a little. That was what I was coming in the bathroom to tell you. However, American authorities demand evidence of Sohrab's orphan status. This time he does not hide or back down.
Assef then badly beats Amir, breaking several bones, until Sohrab uses a slingshot to fire a brass ball into Assef's left eye.
Their relationship experiences its own strains as Sohrab, who is recovering from the loss of his parents and the abuse he suffered, has trouble opening up to Amir. Before the events of the novel, Ali had been struck with polio, rendering his right leg useless.
Amir meets the man, who reveals himself as Assef. We had both betrayed the people who would have given their lives for us. He is described as having a China doll face, green eyes, and a harelip. I ran because I was a coward. Sohrab is the son of Hassan. People experience their lives against the backdrop of their culture, and while Hosseini wisely steers clear of merely exoticizing Afghanistan as a monolithically foreign place, he does so much work to make his novel emotionally accessible to the American reader that there is almost no room, in the end, for us to consider for long what might differentiate Afghans and Americans.
Sometimes, I think everything he did, feeding the poor on the streets, building the orphanage, giving money to friends in need, it was all his way of redeeming himself.
In one way, the two novels are corollaries: Baba is diagnosed with terminal cancer but is still capable of granting Amir one last favor: Because of this, Ali is constantly tormented by children in the town.
Kites Page Number and Citation:ISU: Redemption It is only natural for humans to make mistakes, just like Amir in the novel The Kite Runner, but it is how the mistakes are resolved that will dictate ones fate.
Amir, a well-to-do Pashtun boy, and Hassan, a Hazara who is the son of Ali, Amir's father's servant, spend their days kite fighting in the hitherto peaceful city of Kabul.
Hassan is a successful "kite runner" for Amir; he knows where the kite will land without watching it. Amir's redemption process possess several steps. 1. Shortly after Amir's betrayal of Hassan in Chapter 7, he frames Hassan as a thief so that Baba will fire Ali and force Ali and Hassan to leave.
The main character of The Kite Runner, Amir, knows a thing or two about making mistakes. What he struggles with throughout the novel is finding redemption for those mistakes.
Throughout all stages of Amir’s life, he is striving for redemption. The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
Hassan is "the all-sacrificing Christ-figure, the one who, even in death, calls Amir to redemption". Following Hassan's death at the hands of the Taliban, Amir begins to redeem himself through the rescue of Hassan's son, Sohrab.
LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Kite Runner, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
The quest for redemption makes up much of the novel’s plot, and expands as a theme to include both the personal and the political.Download