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Title: The Kite Runner By: Khaled Hosseini


1
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
  • PowerPoint By Jarad Held and Gabe Adorni

2
Authors Date of Birth and Cultural Perspective
  • Khaled was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 4,
    1965.
  • In 1975 he moved to Tehran, Iran for 3 years, and
    then moved back to Afghanistan. They moved again
    in 1976, this time to Paris. In 1978 the Afghan
    Government was overthrown and the family moved to
    America and applied for political asylum.

3
Opposing Forces in the Conflict
  • Amir must reconcile himself with his past after
    he lets his best friend, Hassan, get raped and
    then betrays him soon after.

4
Important Places
  • Kabul, Afghanistan-Amir grew up here and it was
    the first influence on him.
  • San Francisco, America-The area that Amir moved
    to when he left Afghanistan. This is where he
    attempts to drown himself in the American culture
    to forget his past.

5
Symbols
  • The stories of Rostan and Sohrab in the Shahnamah
    represent Hassan.
  • The Blue Kite-It represents Hassans loyalty to
    Amir, as he holds onto the kite even when he is
    getting raped by Assef.
  • Sohrab- Hassans son, he is an example of the
    story of David and Goliath. Also, by using the
    slingshot just as his father had to protect Amir,
    he represents how his father is reborn through
    him.

6
Conflict With Self
  • He must reconcile himself with his past and atone
    for his sins. Letting Hassan get raped as he
    watched and then betraying him immediately
    afterwards are his two major inner conflicts.

7
Conflict With Society
  • Amir must attempt to retain his Afghan heritage
    even when he is in America. In the process
    though, he must Americanize some in order to
    become successful. He must also come to terms
    with the new culture of Afghanistan.

8
Setting Influence Anyone?
  • Kabul, Afghanistan was where Amir grew up. As a
    result he is very used to the Afghanistan culture
    and its traditions. However, he must become used
    to the American culture once he moves there and
    find a balance between the two cultures. Baba
    has a hard time adjusting to America, however,
    because he was too used to the culture of
    Afghanistan.

9
Anyone Under an Illusion?
  • Amir is under the illusion that he can drown
    himself in the American culture to forget his
    transgressions in Afghanistan. He later comes to
    realize that this is not possible, though.
  • Assef is under an illusion, or delusion, that
    Hitler was great and should be imitated. He
    believes that he has absolute power in the new
    Afghanistan and can abuse whoever he wants.

10
Anyone Idealistic?
  • Rahim Khan-He is the one who tells Amir that
    there is a way to be good again. Even after
    all the years that Amir has spent running from
    his past, Rahim still believes that Amir can save
    himself.
  • Hassan-He remains loyal to Amir no matter what
    ways Amir abuses or neglects him.

11
Anyone Make an Important Mistake?
  • Amir makes two huge mistakes. The first is when
    he lets Hassan get raped, while he watches. The
    second is when he betrays Hassan to try and get
    him out of his life by framing Hassan for
    stealing his possessions.

12
Anyone Change?
  • Amir changed a lot throughout the story.
    Originally he was a young boy in Afghanistan who
    was primarily focused on protecting himself at
    the expense of others. He was fairly selfish.
    At the end of the story he is able to make some
    great sacrifices, even going to the length of
    saving Sohrab in Afghanistan even though it could
    possibly take his life.
  • Babas relationship with Amir changed as well.
    Baba originally was not proud of Amir, however,
    after they moved to America and Amir began to
    succeed there, Baba began to be proud of Amir and
    their relationship improved.

13
Is There a Villain?
  • Assef is the villain in the story. He is a
    sadistic boy who lives in Amirs neighborhood
    during Amirs early childhood in Afghanistan. He
    believes that Hitler was a great man and that his
    policies should be followed. He loves to abuse
    people, and is one of the new corrupt leaders of
    the Afghan people after the revolution.

14
Is Friendship Important
  • Amir and Hassan are the primary example of how
    friendship can be important. The two are fast
    friends, although Hassan is more loyal to Amir
    than Amir is to Hassan. Hassan will repeatedly
    defend Amir no matter what it takes, giving
    everything to their friendship. Even after Amir
    betrays him Hassan still remains loyal to him.

15
Is the Narrator Important?
  • The narrator is Amir, so the story is told from
    his point of view. As a result you can see his
    inner feelings and thoughts. A more personal
    view of the situation and the world is allowed
    through Amir being the narrator.

16
Are Family Relationships Important?
  • Baba and Amir- A typical father son relationship
    where the son is trying to gain the approval of
    his father. Amir seeks to live up to Babas
    standards in order to make him proud, and it is a
    constant struggle for him. However, he does
    manage to succeed with time and the two build a
    strong relationship.
  • Amir and Hassan- Although not known at the
    beginning of the story, the two are actually half
    brothers, with Hassan being illegitimate. There
    is a sense even at the beginning of the story
    that the two are closer than friends, that they
    are more like siblings, showing how strong their
    familial bond was even if it was not known.

17
Some Human Value Asserted?
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation are two human
    values that are constant throughout the book.
    Hassan is able to forgive Amir for his betrayal,
    but Amir must find a way to reconcile his
    betrayal with himself. Rahim Khan is the
    character who brings this struggle with
    reconciliation within Amir into the light when he
    tells Amir that there is a way to be good again.

18
Anyone Lost or Alienated?
  • The Afghan refugees are lost and alienated to a
    certain extent because they were forced to leave
    their homeland. However, they are able to form
    communities in America, reducing this feeling of
    loss and alienation.
  • Sohrab- Hassans son, who is currently and
    orphan. His father is dead, and so is all of his
    family. He is abused by Assef, and is severely
    depressed. Without a family and with a
    horrifying history of abuse, he is incredibly
    lost and alienated from society.

19
Cultures at Odds?
  • The best example of this would be the immigration
    of the Afghan refugees to America. Afghan and
    American cultures are very different, and in some
    cases the culture did not mix well. For example,
    Baba was never able to adjust to American society
    very well, retaining his Afghan heritage. Most
    Afghans reacted by forming their own communities
    in America as well. Amir on the other hand
    adjusts very well to American society.

20
Parallels or Contrasts to Other Works?
  • This is similar to Things Fall Apart with the
    clash of cultures. As in Things Fall Apart, the
    culture of the Afghans in The Kite Runner does
    not mix well with the new culture that they
    encounter.
  • It is also similar to Owen Meany in that the main
    characters of each book were strongly influenced
    by their best friend and end up changing because
    of them.

21
Tone? Diction? Genre? Irony?
  • Tone- It is thoughtful with a twinge of regret.
  • Diction-It is written in American English,
    however, there is a large amount of Arabic in the
    story as well.
  • Genre-Manipulative Fiction/Historical Fiction
  • Irony- Baba always said that it was wrong to
    steal anything from anybody else, however, he
    committed this sin himself by stealing another
    mans wife. Also, Hassan had a cleft lip when he
    was born, which was later surgically fixed. When
    Amir goes to save Hassans son, he also gets a
    cleft lip, which is once again surgically
    corrected.
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