Fiction Analysis of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A. Time period – 1970s to early 2000s
B. Place – Kabul, Afghanistan and San Francisco, California
C. Time Sequence – The story Is told in order. Around 30 years passes. However, the story is told as one giant flashback.
D. Standards of Behavior – Hazaras are considered lower than Pashtuns; one should be loyal to friends andfamily; one is expected to bring honor to one’s family; men are above women; one should put guests’ needs before one’s own
Amir – The story’s narrator and protagonist. He is an Afghan man who had a privileged childhood in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul. The defining event in his life is his betrayal of his closest friend, Hassan. Amir lives in San Francisco from theage of eighteen. He returns to Afghanistan at the age of thirty-eight and finds out from Rahim Khan that Hassan is his half-brother. Unfortunately, Hassan and his wife are shot by the Taliban a couple months back. They leave behind their only son, Sohrab. Amir, in an attempt to be good again after his betrayal of Hassan, ends up adopting Hassan’s orphaned son.
Hassan – Amir’s most loyal anddevoted servant, who is born with a cleft lip. He and Amir were nursed by the same woman and, thus, share a bond unlike any other. Hassan is illiterate but smart and stands up for others. He is also the best kite runner in Kabul. He dies at the hands of the Taliban, defending Baba’s house from takeover. He died without ever knowing about the truth of his paternity.
Baba – Amir’s father. He is awealthy and well-respected man with a dark secret; he had an affair with Ali’s wife and Hassan is his illegitimate son. Baba wishes Amir were braver and stronger and that he could openly express his love for Hassan. Baba dies of terminal cancer in San Francisco shortly after Amir’s wedding.
Ali – Hassan’s father. Ali is a Hazara who grew up alongside Baba just as Hassan did alongside Amir. Ali hasa crippled leg and paralysis in his lower facial muscles and the neighborhood children ridicule him. Ali is killed by a land mine when Hassan is already grown.
Assef – A sociopath who worships Hitler. As a child, he is the neighborhood bully who rapes Hassan. As an adult, he is a Taliban official who delights in killing people. He mentally, physically, and sexually abuses Sohrab until Amircomes to rescue him. After he beats Amir nearly to death, Assef loses an eye to Sohrab’s slingshot.
Soraya – Amir’s wife. She shamed her family as a young women by running off with a man. She takes care of Baba when he is ill and eagerly accepts Sohrab into her family.
Rahim Khan – Baba’s closest friend and Amir and Hassan’s confidant. He has a remarkable way of knowing what people are thinkingand how to speak to them. He is one of the few people who knows Hassan’s real identity and about his rape, and it is he who summons Amir back to Afghanistan to atone for his and Baba’s sins.
Sohrab – Hassan’s son. After his parents are murdered, he stays in an orphanage In Karteh-Seh. Then he is enslaved by Assef until Amir rescues him. Sohrab tries to commit suicide after Amir tells him he mayhave to stay in an orphanage again. Eventually, Amir and Soraya bring him to America and adopt him.
Amir versus Hassan: Amir is jealous of the affection his father shows for Hassan. He, on the other hand, must always prove himself worthy of being his father’s son. In addition, after the day of the famous kite flying contest when Amir fails Hassan in a most unforgivable way,tension grows between the two boys, a tension that haunts Amir day in and day out.
Amir versus Baba: Amir wants desperately to be thought well of by his towering father, who is the sort of man brave enough to risk being shot by a Russian soldier in order to defend a young woman from rape. Although Amir receives affection from his father, it will never be the sort that is between a true father and...
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