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Title: Kite Runner Chapters 16-20


1
Kite Runner Chapters 16-20
  • Marc, Tim, Steve

2
Chapter 16 Summary
  •     After Rahim Khon hears of Baba's death, he
    drove to Hazarajat to search for Hassan. He asked
    him to move in with him. He learns that Hassan is
    now married and his wife is expecting a child.
    After talking Rahim hears that a land mind killed
    Ali two years earlier.
  •     Hassan has many questions about Rahim's life
    in America. At first Hassan does not want to go
    with Rahim but after talking to his wife he
    agrees, however he does not want to live in the
    house so they move in Ali's old hut. After years
    of taking care of the house and Rahim in 1990
    Hassan's wife is pregnat again. One day a woman
    arrives at the house. The woman was Hassan's
    mother, Hassan hears the news and leaves the
    house. He returned the next day and nurses his
    mother back to health. Hassan's mother later
    delivers Hassan's son "Sohrab"

3
Chapter 17 Summary
  •     Amir asks Rahim Khan if Hasson is still in
    the house? Rahim shows Amir the Polaroid piture
    of Hasson and Sohrob. After Amir looked at the
    pitcure Rahim explains that the Kabul he grew up
    in is now gone. He talks about the Taliban and
    tells him about the attack of his wife for
    speaking too loudly to a vendor.
  • Rahim received a phone call with news about
    Hasson. The next day Taliban officials arrived at
    the house. They had killed Hasson as wall as
    Farzana.
  • Amir asks about Sohrab and fins out that he was
    put in an orphanage. Rahim asked Amir to go to
    Kabul and bring Sohrab to Pakistan. Rahim knew a
    christian couple who runs an organization for
    kids who have lost their parents. Rahim insists
    and tell Amir about the conversation he had with
    Baba about him not standing up for him self.
    Rahim also tells Amir that Baba was Hasson's
    biological Father.

4
Chapter 18 Summary
  • After storming out of Rahim Khan's apartment,
    Amir had tea at a local cafe. He felt like a
    foreigner in his own life. Now that he knew
    Hassan was his half-brother, it seemed absurd
    that he had not realized it before. Baba had
    always treated Hassan like a son not just because
    he cared for him, but because Hassan was really
    his son. Amir wondered how Baba could have broken
    his own cardinal rule about not lying, how he
    could have lived with himself after shaming Ali.
  • Suddenly, Baba did not seem like such a shining
    example of righteousness. Amir now understood
    that Rahim Khan had called him to Peshawar to pay
    not only for his betrayal of Hassan, but for
    Baba's betrayal of Ali. Amir wondered if he was
    to blame for Hassan and Ali's deaths because he
    was the one who drove them out of the house and
    split up the family. Finally, at thirty-eight
    years old, Amir was ready to take responsibility
    for his actions. He returned to Rahim Khan's
    apartment to find him praying and told him he
    would bring Sohrab to Peshawar.

5
Chapter 19 Summary
  • A driver name Farid was driving Amir from
    Peshawar to Kabul. He was a Tajik man of
    twenty-nine, who looked much older because of all
    he had experienced, fighting against the Soviet
    forces. Farid had two wives and seven children,
    two of who had been killed by a landmine. Farid
    himself was missing toes and fingers from his
    years of combat. Farid was suspicious of Amir
    because he saw him as a defector whereas Farid
    had stayed and fought for his homeland, Amir had
    fled to the privileges of America. He had
    abandoned his watan, his homeland.
  • Amir felt awkward in his traditional Afghan
    clothing and long fake beard, both necessary for
    him to blend in to Taliban-controlled Kabul. Amir
    told Farid that he felt like a tourist in his own
    country, but farid told him that he had never
    been a true Afghani because he grew up with many
    privileges. At last, they arrived in Jalalabad,
    where they would spend the night with Farid's
    brother, Wahid.

6
Chapter 19 Continued
  • Unlike Farid, Wahid received Amir warmly. When he
    found out Amir was a writer, he suggested Amir
    use his writing to tell the rest of the world
    what the Taliban are doing to Afghanistan. Amir
    explained that he was not quite that kind of a
    writer. When Wahid asked Amir why he had returned
    to Afghanistan, Farid interrupted. He ranted
    about how people returned their only to be greedy
    and milk money out of their old properties. Wahid
    scolded Farid for his rudeness. Then Amir
    explained why he was really in Afghanistan. At
    this Wahid said that he was a honorable man , and
    Farid felt bad what he said to Amir before they
    arrive, and he told ask for apology and told him
    that he was more right than he thought.
  • One of Wahid's wives brought dinner to Amir and
    Farid, saying the family had eaten earlier. As he
    ate, Amir noticed that Wahid's three boys were
    staring at his watch. After asking for Wahid's
    permission, he gave it to them, but it did not
    impress them very much. Amir slept restlessly,
    dreaming about Hassan's death. He imagined that
    he himself was the Talib executing Hassan. When
    Amir woke up, he paced outside and pondered the
    fact that Afghanistan really was his homeland.
    His loyalty to the country surprised him, since
    he had built a new and full life in America. From
    inside Amir heard one of Wahid's wives scolding
    him for not leaving any food for the children
    Amir realized that the boys had been staring not
    at his watch, but at his food. Before Amir and
    Farid left the next morning, Amir tucked a wad of
    money under a mattress for them to find it.

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Chapter 20 Summary
  • After receiving a call from Rahim Khan, "There is
    a way to be good again", Amir travels to Pakistan
    to learn the fates of Ali and Hassan.  Rahim
    tells Amir the true reason for the trip was to
    rescue Hassan's sun, Sohrab, from an orphanage. 

8
Chapter 20 continued
  • Amir is told by Farid, his guide, that Kabul is
    very different from what he would have
    remembered.  Trees were cut down, many beggars
    crowd the streets, and Taliban trucks patrol the
    city.  Amir makes eye contact with one such
    patrol and his quickly scolded by Farid.  The two
    meet a beggar who quotes a line of poetry from
    Hafez.  It is then discovered that the beggar had
    known Amir's mother and had taught with her as a
    professor.  The beggar also provides new
    directions to the orphanage, Amir ends up giving
    him money. 

9
Chapter 20 continued
  • After finding the new location of the orphanage
    from the beggar, Amir and Farid talk to Zaman,
    the caretaker of the children and ask him about
    Sohrab.  Initially, Zaman claims not to know
    Sohrab but later becomes more helpful when Amir
    describes Sohrab's previous life and admits that
    he is the boy's half uncle.  Amir and Farid are
    let inside by Zaman and learn about the Taliban
    official who arrives every 1-2 months with money
    yet also takes a child with him.  This revelation
    makes Farid become very angry and provokes him to
    assault Zaman.  Amir gets Farid to stop by
    telling him that the children are watching. 
    Finally, Zaman tells Amir where he can find this
    Taliban official describing his distinctive black
    sun glasses and asks the two to leave. 

10
Chapter 20 Analysis
  • Amir's chance meeting with the beggar gives a
    more personal example of the Suffering caused by
    the Taliban.  The fact that the beggar had known
    Amir's mother is an unlikely coincidence. 
    Zaman's role at the orphanage symbolizes how many
    were forced to give up much in their life just to
    survive. 

11
Chapter 20 Vocab
  • Roussi - Slang for a Russian soldier/officer
  • Jalalabad - Afghani city 90 miles East of Kabul
  • Kabul - Capital of Afghanistan
  • Baksheesh - A term used to describe charitable
    giving
  • Mujaheddin - Freedom fighter, or Afghan
    opposition groups
  • Shorawi - Afghan term for Russians or Soviets
  • Chapan - A coat worn over clothes usually for
    cold weather
  • Ghazal - Arabic poetic form 
  • Salaam Alaykum - Arabic greeting, Peace be upon
    you
  • Lotfan - Please
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