2011-12-15_015726_the_kite_runner_analysis

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It is a two part process, and as Amir explains, there are no real rules: “Afghans are an independent people. Afghans cherish customs and abhor rules. And so it was with kite fighting.
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THE KITE RUNNER 7 Unfortunately, Amir’s euphoria is short lived. Hassan has to fetch the losing kite for the victory to be official. When a local bully Assef demand the kite and Hassan refuses to give it up, Assef beats and rapes the boy. While looking for Hassan, Amir witnesses the attack, paralyzed with fear and unable to stop it or seek help for his friend. Amir and Hassan never tell anyone what happened; much less discuss the violent incident themselves. When Amir comes home, he is finally praised by Baba for winning the tournament, but Amir realizes that the opposite would have been the case if Baba had known what had happened. Amir’s victory is soured by the shocking event he witnesses in the competitions’ aftermath. Born to a German mother and an Afghan father, Asset has a “well earned reputation for savagery”. As Amir recounts, “years later, I learned an English word for the creature that Assef was, a word for which a good Farsi equivalent does not exist: “sociopath”. Assef is both violent and racist – looking at Hassan, he says, “Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat Nose here. His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood. Amir makes a halfhearted attempt to tell someone about the trauma of the event: “I watched Hassan get raped,’ I said to no one. Baba stirred in his sleep… A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear, so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore. But no one woke up and in the silence that followed, I understood the nature of my new curse: I was going to get away with it….. That was the night I became an insomniac.” From this point on, Amir’s guilt grown too immense, he avoids the boy who had once been his closest friend: “Hassan milled about the periphery of my life after that. I made sure our paths crossed as little as possible, planned my day that way. Because when he was around, the oxygen seeped out of the room. My chest tightened and I couldn’t draw enough air.” When Amir suggests that they get new servants,
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THE KITE RUNNER 8 his father reacts angrily: “Hassan’s not going anywhere…. He’s staying right here with us, where he belongs. This is his home and is his family. Don’t you ever ask me that question again”. Years later Amir is finally told the truth of the situation: Hassan is a blood relation, the product of an affair between Baba and his servant’s wife. The information comes too late, however, as despite his father’s protestations; Amir eventually manages to drive Hassan and his father away, thus destroying the family circle. Shortly afterward, the country descends into violence, and Amir and his father flee to the United States.
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