Kite Runner

Kite Runner
Settings
Kabul, Afghanistan
2001
Taliban takes over
Turns into corruption
Values and beliefs are taken away
Lack structure
Ban kite running
19631981
Baba is a known and admired
business man
Live in a large beautiful home
Kite running is a ritual
Sense of home back in Kabul
Amir first lays eyes on Soraya
Freemont, California
Baba and Amir work at gas station
Lose authority
Experience loss in trust and
culture shock
Flea Market
Amir adapts well
Baba struggles with change in culture
Feels inferior
Needs help adapting to the
differences in societies
Gives him a sense of relief
New beginnings
Loss of guilt because Hassan is
no longer with him
Amir graduates college
San Fransisco
Amir and Soraya live there
Bring Sohrab home there
Safe place
Amir get's a job there
Become's a published writer
Characters
Baba
Amir
Soraya
General Taheri
Former Afghan military man
Intimidating
Like's to maintain a well
reputation of himself
Soraya's father
Khala Jamila
Friendly and loving
Not judgemental
Encouraging
Soraya's mother
Amir's beautiful wife
Enjoys his writing
Supportive
Honest, opens up about her past
"My body was brokenjust how bad i wouldn't
find out until later. But i felt healed. Healed at
last. I laughed."
Hassan
Farzana
Hassan's loving wife
She and Hassan were killed by Talibam
"For you, a thousand times over."
Loyal
Good friend
Ali
Baba and Amir's servant
Hardworking and good friend
Infertile
"A boy who won't stand up for himself
becomes a man who can't stand up for
anything."
Amir's father
Heroic, and looked up too in Kabul
Well known and well trusted
business man
Admirable
Rahim Khan
"There is a way to be good again."
Lives with Hassan and family in Kabul
Hassan and Farzana get shot
Guilt
Baba's best friend
Trustworthy
Looks for the best in people
Assef
"It's just a hazara."
Feels superior
Rape
Join's the Taliban
Farid
Amir's faithful driver
Shows him what Afghanistan has
turned into once the Taliban took
over
Shows support for Amir
Amir thanks him and his family
Leaves money under the matress
Symbols
The Hairlip
Soraya
Amir's wife
Reminds him of Hassan
Hassan
Born with one
Baba pays for surgery for removal
Amir becomes envy of way
Hassan is treated by Baba
The kite
Amir feels accomplishment
Baba is proud of him
Hassan gets kite for Amir
Shows loyalty
Gets raped
Amir feels at fault and can't
bear to look at Hassan
Amir frames Hassan
Ali and Hassan flea Kabul
Hassan runs kite for Amir
Amir runs kite for Sohrab
Brassknuckles
Assef uses them to threaten
Amir and Hassan
Hassan saves Amir with his slingshot
Sohrab saves Amir from Assef with slingshot
Assef uses them against Amir
Nearly kills him
Redemption
Amir rescues Sohrab from Assef
Takes him back home to San
Fransisco with him and Soraya
Baba's cancer
Amir takes care of him
Proves to be a strong, independent man
Ask's General Taheri for Soraya's
hand in marriage
Discrimination
Afghanistan
Pashtuns
Wealthy, superior
Baba
Amir
Hazaras
Inferior slaves
Ali
Hassan
The Taliban
Controlling
Instruct strict inhumane rules
Strip culture away from Afghans
Injure and kill many
Hassan and Jamila
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