The Kite Runner | Study Guide

Khaled Hosseini

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the-kite-runner-khaled-hosseiniclose friend of BabaAmir, Chapter 1he past claws its way out.SymbolsRepresents youth and joybut also pain KiteSymbolizes the differences and connection between Hassan and AmirScarred LipSlingshotConnects two generations who fought the same enemyThe Kite Runnerby the Numbers~100Year Hosseini's short-story version of The Kite Runner was rejected by the New YorkerAfghan people who immigrated to the United States in 1980, the year before Amir and Baba doWeeks The Kite Runner appeared on the New York Times best-seller list1997 3,760Known for his storytelling, the Afghan-born writer was a medical doctor before becoming a novelist. The U.S.-based author's acclaimed writing focuses on the cultural and historical challenges of people from Afghanistan. Hosseini provides help to people in Afghanistan through his nonprofit organization.AuthorKHALED HOSSEINIBORN 1965Father-Son RelationshipsThe desire for Baba's approval leads Amir to betray Hassan.Betrayal & GuiltAmir ignores abuse of Hassan; as an adult, he cannot forgive himself.RedemptionAmir returns to Afghanistan to rescue Sohrab, assuaging some of his guilt.Politics & CultureClass differences and political turmoil shape Hassans and Amir's fates.ThemesHassanAmir's loyal childhood friend and half-brother; lower class Baba Amir and Hassan's father; conflicted and concerned with morality RahimAmir's father figure;SohrabSon of Hassan; rescued by AmirAssefRacist antagonist; rapes Hassan and SohrabThe Kite Runner begins in 1970s Afghanistan and serves as a memoir of the fictional novelist Amir, who betrayed his best friend as a child. The novel traces Amir's flight to the United States and his battle with guilt amid cultural conflict, assimilation, and loss. When he gets a chance at redemption, Amir must put himself at risk.A Struggle for RedemptionMAIN CHARACTERSAmirPrivileged Afghan; seeks his father's approval FriendshipEnemiesFamilyFather figureKhaled Hosseini2003EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Kite RunnerFiction

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