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The Kite Runner Essay

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Chapter Six
1. Amir means that he and his father has completely different interests in life and that kites are the only common interest between them. This is evident when Amir shows no interest in soccer while Baba adores the sport.

2. Baba is a fair and just man and he may give Hassan special treatment because of his relationship with Ali: Baba and Ali were childhood playmates, just as Amir and Hassan.

3. “Kite runner” is a person who retrieves the kites that are cut during the kite flying tournaments and the “most coveted prize” is the second place kite that is cut during the final kite battle in the tournament.

4. Custom is traditional way of behaving while rules are written or ...view middle of the document...

In the dream Amir jumps into the lake to prove to everyone that there is no monster and Hassan follows Amir even though he can’t swim. There relationship is like that of brothers. “Amir and Hassan Sultans of Kabul.”

2. This image of “water running” reflect Hassan’s dream. The running water represents the fates of Amir and Hassan. The future is in perpetual motion and cannot be stopped.

3. This description provides the imagery of what the day was like for the kite tournament that ended in both happiness and tragedy for both Amir and Hassan. The word “blameless” in used to describe the sky in order for Amir to justify his actions against Hassan on the day of the tournament. Amir is saying that it was such a “blameless” day that nobody could foresee Hassan’s sexual assault.

4. Hassan seems to have spirituality about him that even the higher powers favor his kind and honest character. The sunlight represents how Hassan is in the spotlight of the divine and stretched arms represent his faith in divine intervention.

5. Amir believes by winning the kite tournament he can impress his father “Baba” and show him that he can be a winner just like him. The kite tournament is Amir’s chance to mend his relationship with him father; by gaining Baba’s recognition Amir is cutting loose his pain.

6. It signifies Hassan’s unrequited love and faithfulness to Amir. It shows how devoted Hassan is to Amir. Hassan is telling Amir that he would do anything for him and he would do it a thousand times or more.

7. Hassan didn’t give up the kite because he knew how important the kite was to Amir. Hassan is a loyal friend to Amir. Amir needed the kite to get Baba’s attention, Hassan knew this and “he never denied [Amir] anything.”

8. Hassan expected Amir to save him as he saved Amir from bullies many times. Also Hassan treats Amir like a brother and brothers look after each other no matter what barriers (social hierarchy) confronts them.

Chapter Eight
1. Hassan needs sleep because he has just been through a traumatic experience: he got sexually assaulted by Assef. Also Hassan cannot bear to look at Amir’s face as it reminds him of how Amir betrayed him. So to avoid Amir, Hassan sleeps during the day.

2. This is significant as Baba sees Amir winning the kite tournament as a major achievement and he wants, for the first time, boast about Amir to his friends.

3. Amir’s attack of car-sickness was contributed by Baba mentioning how “Hassan and Amir ran [the kite] together.” His guilt toward his actions manifested in himself by making him vomit. Amir is really disgusted with himself.

4. Amir is engulfed in his guilt. The guilt, which he must live with for the rest of his life. Amir is not strong enough to confront anybody about his actions and so he will have to live his life without any punishment.

5. Hassan wants Amir to be his friend, so they can play and cause mischief like they used to before Hassan’s rape. Hassan wants his brother and best friend...

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