Novel Journal - Tim Nguyen English 100 #20050 30 June 2009...

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Tim Nguyen English 100 #20050 30 June 2009 Novel Journal Prof. Swanson Journal Note Taking Note Making “There is a way to be good again” (1). Rahim Khan says this to Amir with the hope that he will return to rescue Hassan’s son. Theme: There is always the possibility to do the right thing and redeem yourself. “For you a thousand times over” (2). Hassan says this to Amir as he runs to find the kite that they had just knocked down. This also shows Hassan’s immense loyalty and affection towards Amir. Theme: There is an undeniable amount of loyalty that Hassan holds toward Amir and it is very admirable that he can fully give himself to Amir as not only a servant but also as a companion and friend. “That was a long time ago, but it's wrong Amir is reflecting on his past and how
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what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out” (1). since leaving for a new life in America he has tried to forget the past and leave it alone, it still finds a way to come back out. Theme: This shows that the past is unchangeable and to try and forget it, is almost useless. The many memories and events of the past forever stay with an individual whether or not they choose to remember them. “Hassan and I fed from the same breasts. We took our first steps on the same lawn in the same yard. And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words. Mine was Baba. His was Amir. My name” (11). Hassan and Amir were raised together in the same environment, however they were not of the same class nor were they the same in society’s eyes. Coincidentally their first words also shared this idea, with Amir’s first words being Baba, which translates into dad and Hassan’s first word was Amir’s name. Theme: This correlates directly to the underlying theme of Hassan being Amir’s loyal servant and companion and is only fitting that his first word was the name of Amir.
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“I wanted Baba all to myself” (13). Amir had lied about Hassan’s where abouts in his scheme to spend time with his father alone with the presence of Hassan. Theme: This shows the beginning of feelings of jealousy and spite for Hassan, since Amir’s father often times would show more love and compassion towards Hassan in comparison to Amir. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful princess, hadn’t I? (19) Amir reflects on the guilty feelings he had, and the feelings that Baba had always resented him because his mother had died when giving birth to him. Theme: This shows Amir’s awareness of a sense of resentment from his father and that he was never truly loved like other children. He felt guilty for causing his mother’s death, and therefore felt guilty and unloved by Baba at times. “In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a
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Novel Journal - Tim Nguyen English 100 #20050 30 June 2009...

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