Susan Hurn Certified Educator As boys, Amir and Hassan were separated by social class, but they were united by the fact that they were young and the only two children in Baba's house. They played as children play, exploring their surroundings and sharing adventures. Hassan loves Amir without limits or conditions. Amir, however, is inconsistent in his treatment of Hassan; sometimes he treats Hassan as his friend, but frequently he abuses Hassan, lording over him his superior social class,
His mother, who had died during childbirth, had left behind a collection of Sufi literature. From early childhood, Amir likes to read stories from her books to his servant and playmate, Hassan.
While Amir is privileged and able to go to school, Hassan is busy with housework. However, in their free time they are good friends. Kite runner notes commemorate these happy times, Amir carves their names on a pomegranate tree. When it is time for the local kite-flying contest, Amir gets excited because he knows that his father will be watching him with genuine interest.
Hassan is excited about the contest, too, and after Amir wins, Hassan runs and catches the prizewinning kite for his friend. Unfortunately, the neighborhood bully, Assef, and his companions stop Hassan and demand the kite from him. Hassan does not surrender the kite and is physically assaulted and raped by Assef.
Amir sees the assault but, fearing confrontation with the bully, does nothing—an act of betrayal that will affect Amir into adulthood and forever change his relationship with Hassan. Both Amir and Hassan know the social gap that defines their identities.
Religious difference also sets them apart, even though they both are Muslim: Amir is Sunni, and Hassan is Shia.
Pashtuns, the majority ethnic group in Afghanistan, make fun of Hazaras, a minority ethnic group, treating them as pariahs. Amir is not disturbed with his servant-master friendship until the kite incident. Even as a twelve-year-old kid, he is old enough to know that he has not been good. Baba refuses but, instead, frames Hassan, accusing him of theft; Hassan and his father leave Kabul.
A few years later, because of the Russian invasion, Baba and Amir secretly leave Kabul, too. They cross the border into Pakistan after a difficult journey and emigrate to the United States. Amir had majored in English to pursue a writing career, his childhood dream.
On weekends, he helps his father sell at the local flea market, where he meets Soraya, the daughter of an expatriate Afghan general. Baba, who has been suffering from cancer, dies one month after the wedding.
Amir and Soraya are happy together, but they remain childless for many years. Twenty years later Amir is a successful novelist in the United States.
An old friend of his father, Rahim Khan, calls Amir on the phone and invites him to Pakistan. Amir meets him and soon learns that Baba had sold his home to Rahim.
Rahim had then brought back Hassan and his family to live with him. Amir is outraged by this belated discovery, but he also recalls his own guilt. Thus, he embarks on a dangerous journey to Afghanistan to atone his past sins and to rescue Sohrab, his nephew.
Afghanistan is now under the oppressive control of the Taliban.Jul 17, · Set in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner is a coming-of-age novel of two boys. The novel explores class consciousness, guilt, betrayal, and the complex nature .
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Further Study. Test your knowledge of The Kite Runner with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web. Context. Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 4, , and was the oldest of five children.
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