Author of the Kite Runner. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan and currently lives in the United States.
This novel was written in 2003.
Historical, fiction, drama.
Amir, Hassan, Assef, Baba, Rahim Kahn.
Main character, narrator, son of Baba. Very jealous. Friends with a servant Hazara boy.
Loyal, uneducated, Baba’s illegitimate son, raped by Assef, looks up to Amir.
Bully, rapes Hassan, becomes ranked in the Taliban. Buys children from orphanage, gets left eye shot out by Sohrab.
Respectable, wealthy, thinks Amir is a baby, very proud man, stands up for what he believes in, outspoken. Died from cancer.
Baba’s friend, Amir looks up to him, calls Amir back to afghanistan by telling him theres a way to be good again. Encourages Amir’s story writing.
Ali, Soraya, Sohrab, Sanaubar, Farid.
Hassan’s “father”. Had polio and paralysis which caused him to limp and not be able to smile. Baba’s servant but Baba treated him as a brother.
Amir’s wife who he met in America. Had a bad reputation because she ran away with a man before. Unable to have kids with Amir.
The son of Hassan and his wife. Resembled Hassan. Carried around a sling shot. Taken by Assef. Shoots Assefs eye out. Tries to kill himself and is mute after.
Hassan’s mother. She left Hassan and Ali when Hassan was young. Unfaithful to Ali.
Cab driver. Takes Amir to orphanage. Helps get Sohrab.
Kabul, Afganistan. Segregated community. Small town. Small bazaars. Nice before Taliban.
Hassan’s rape, Moving to the United States, Baba’s death, Rahim’s call, running into Assef, adopting Sohrab.
“For you a thousand times over” -Hassan to Amir
“There’s a way to be good again” -Rahim Kahn to Amir
“There is only one sin and that is theft.” -Baba to Amir
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up for anything.” -Baba to Amir
“There was a monster in the lake. It had grabbed Hassan by the ankles, dragged him to the murky bottom. I was that monster.” -Amir to self.
Although the path to redemption may be rough it is the journey that allows forgiveness.
In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir’s path to forgiveness is often plagued by struggles that eventually lead to his redemption.
Sometimes the jealousy inside can change a person to be a monster in the lake.
In the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir’s attitude and actions towards Hassan changes a jealous boy into a monstrous man.