The Kite Runner Quotes Flashcard Example #2602

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Description of Hassan Chapter 2
‘a face like a Chinese doll chiseled from hardwood: his flat, broad nose and slanting, narrow eyes like bamboo leaves’
Amir’s control over Hassan’s actions Chapter 2
‘Hassan never wanted to, but if I asked, really asked, he wouldn’t deny me. Hassan never denied me anything.’
3 Phrases that highlight Amir’s wealth and luxury Chapter 2
‘Intricate mosaic tiles’ ‘Gold-stitched tapestries’ ‘a crystal chandelier’
Contrast between Amir and Hassan’s status Chapter 2
‘I went past the rosebushes to Baba’s mansion, Hassan to the mud shack where he had been born’
Sanaubar’s sin Chapter 2
‘tempted countless men into sin’
Description of Sanaubar Chapter 2
‘Sanaubar’s suggestive stride and oscillating hips sent men to reviers of infidelity’
Pastuns erasing the history of the Hazaras Chapter 2
‘School textbooks barely mentioned them’
Insults towards Hazaras Chapter 2
‘people called Hazaras mice-eating, flat-nosed, load-carrying donkeys’
Symbol of Baba’s selflessness Chapter 3
‘Baba decided to build an orphanage’
Baba’s strict morality and greatest sin Chapter 3
‘there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft.’
Baba’s disbelief that Amir is his own son Chapter 3
‘If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d never believe he’s my son’
Cultural boundaries preventing Amir and Hassan being friends Chapter 4
‘Because history isn’t easy to overcome. Neither is religion. In the end, I was a Pashtun and he was a Hazara, I was Sunni and he was Shi’a, and nothing was ever going to change that. Nothing.’
Amir relishing in Hassan’s illiteracy Chapter 4
‘My favourite part of reading to Hassan was when we came across a big word that he didn’t know. I’d tease him, expose his ignorance.’
Amir’s superiority over Hassan after he critiques Amir’s story Chapter 4
‘What does he know, that illiterate Hazara? He’ll never be anything but a cook. How dare he criticize you?’
Assef’s racism and ingrained superiority Chapter 5
‘Afghanistan is the land of the Pashtuns. It always has been , always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose here.’
Amir’s thought about not being Hassan’s friend Chapter 5
‘But he’s not my friend! I almost blurted. He’s my servant!’
Hassan’s display of ingrained hierarchy Chapter 5
‘He’d referred to Assef as ‘Agha’ and I wondered briefly what it must be like to live with such an ingrained sense of one’s place in a hierarchy.’
Baba’s equal treatment of Amir and Hassan and Amir’s jealousy Chapter 6
‘If I changed my mind and asked for a bigger and fancier kite, Baba would buy it for me – but then he’d buy it for Hassan too. Sometimes I wished he wouldn’t do that. Wished he’d let me be the favourite.’
Amir’s taunting of Hassan’s obedience Chapter 6
‘Eat dirt if I told you to,’ I said. I knew I was being cruel, like when I’d taunt him if he didn’t know some big word. But there was something fascinating – albeit in a sick way – about teasing Hassan’
Amir’s belief that his intelligence makes him superior to Hassan Chapter 7
‘I was the one who went to school, the one who could read, write. I was the smart one.’
Triplet of what Amir believes he will receive for winning the tournament Chapter 7
‘Vindication. Salvation. Redemption.’
Amir’s ownership over Hassan Chapter 7
‘Your Hazara?’
Amir’s cowardliness Chapter 7
‘I opened my mouth, almost said something. Almost. The rest of my life might have turned out differently if I had.’
Assef’s racial justification for raping Hassan Chapter 7
‘It’s just a Hazara’
Baba’s kindness to the poor in Amir’s flashback Chapter 7
‘Baba gives it all to the poor’
Amir using Hassan as a price for the kite Chapter 7
‘Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba’
Baba’s rage at Amir’s suggestion of getting new servants Chapter 8
‘This is his home and we’re his family’
Amir hides money and gifts under Hassan’s mattress Chapter 9
‘I lifted Hassan’s mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it’
Hassan rescuing Amir from his betrayal Chapter 9
‘He knew I had betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again and maybe for the last time. I loved him in that moment’
Reflection of Amir’s negative traits Chapter 9
‘I wasn’t worthy of this sacrifice; I was a liar, a cheat, and a thief’
The amount of pain Amir has caused Chapter 9
‘That was when I understood the depth of the pain I had caused, the blackness of the grief I had brought onto everyone, not even Ali’s paralysed face could mask his sorrow.’
Baba’s emotion Chapter 9
‘I’ll never forget the way Baba said that, the pain in his plea, the fear’
The Russian soldier wanting time with the Afghan woman Chapter 10
‘Said the soldier wanted a half hour with the lady in the back of the truck’
Soldier’s suggestion that war excuses behaviour Chapter 10
‘He says this is war. There is no shame in war’
Narrative voice of Hosseini through Baba’s defiance Chapter 10
‘War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.’
How politics interferes with personal lives – summation of Baba’s life Chapter 10
‘After everything he’d built, planned, fought for, fretted over, dreamed of, this was the summation of his life: one disappointing son and two suitcases.’
How America affected Baba Chapter 11
‘Baba loved the idea of America. It was living in America that gave him an ulcer.’
Difference between Afghan and American customs and Baba’s inability to adjust Chapter 11
‘What kind of a country is this? No one trusts anybody!’ ‘No questions. No ID.’
Irony of Baba’s lack of wealth in comparison to America. In Kabul, Baba had been extremely rich and had had servants of his own, but was now a servant to America Chapter 11
‘Homes that made Baba’s house in Wazir Akbar Khan look like a servant’s hut’
Metaphor of America being a new beginning and a symbol of purification Chapter 11
‘America was a river, roaring along, unmindful of the past. I could wade into this river, let my sins drown to the bottom, let the waters carry me someplace far’
Afghan gender double standards Chapter 12
‘I was fully aware of the Afghan double standard that favoured my gender.’
How ‘courtship’ impacts Afghan men and women differently Chapter 12
‘I was a man, and all I had risked was a bruised ego. Bruises healed. Reputations did not.’
Amir winning the genetic lottery Chapter 12
‘I cringed a little at the position of power I’d been granted, and all because I had won at the genetic lottery that had determined my sex.’
Gossip affecting a woman’s chance of marrying Chapter 12
‘Baba knew how lethal idle talk could prove to a young woman’s prospects of marrying well.’
Soraya’s mistake as a young adult Chapter 12
‘I ran away with an Afghan man. I was eighteen at the time…rebellious…stupid, and…he was into drugs.’
Importance of a wedding in Afghan society Chapter 13
‘Baba spent $35,000, nearly the balance of his life savings, on the awroussi, the wedding ceremony.’
Lack of voice for Khala Jamila after her marriage Chapter 13
‘Every woman needed a husband. Even if he did silence the song in her.’
People’s comment on Soraya’s virtue Chapter 13
‘And pure too. Virtuous. No boyfriends.’
Metaphor of the pain infertility caused to Amir and Soraya’s marriage Chapter 13
‘I’d feel it rising from Soraya and settling between us. Sleeping between us. Like a newborn child.’
How Sanaubar had been treated for her beauty Chapter 16
‘Someone had taken a knife to it and…Amir jan, the slashes cut this way and that way…It was grotesque.’
Invasion of the Taliban Chapter 16
‘A few weeks later, the Taliban banned kite fighting. And two years later, in 1998, they massacred the Hazaras in Mazar-i-Sharif’
Hassan’s murder Chapter 17
‘-and shot him in the back of the head’
Amir finding out Hassan’s true parentage Chapter 17
‘How could you keep this from me? From him?’
Amir understanding the depth of Baba’s betrayal Chapter 18
‘Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the things he’d stolen had been sacred: from me the right to know I had a brother, from Hassan his identity, and from Ali his honour.’
The wealth of Amir and his naivety to the poverty of Afghanistan Chapter 19
‘That’s the real Afghanistan, Agha Sahib. That’s the Afghanistan I know. You? You’ve always been a tourist here, you just didn’t know it.’
Amir redeeming his actions in Chapter 9 Chapter 19
‘I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier: I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress.’
Poverty in Afghanistan under Taliban rule Chapter 20
‘Many of them have lost their fathers in the war, and their mothers can’t feed them because the Taliban don’t allow them to work.’
Religious justification for Taliban actions Chapter 21
‘WHAT DOES GOD SAY? God says that every sinner must be punished in a manner befitting his sin.’
2 Assef relating Hazara’s to dogs Chapter 22
‘we left them out for the dogs’ ‘dog meat for dogs’
Narrative voice of Hosseini through Amir’s defiance of Assef
‘Stoning adulterers? Raping children? Flogging women for wearing high heels? Massacring Hazaras? All in the name of Islam?’
Amir’s feeling of redemption during his fight with Assef Chapter 22
‘I hadn’t been happy and I hadn’t felt better, not at all. But I did now. My body was broken – just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later – but I felt healed.’
Rahim Khan wanting Amir to forgive everyone Chapter 23
‘Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But, most important, forgive yourself.’
How Baba viewed Amir Chapter 23
‘the socially legitimate half, the half that represented the riches he had inherited and the sin-with-impunity privileges that came with them’
How guilt leads to redemption Chapter 23
‘real good, was born out of your father’s remorse;
Sohrab’s pleading not to go to an orphanage Chapter 23
‘Please promise you won’t. Oh God, Amir agha! Please promise you won’t!’
Description of Sohrab after his attempted suicide Chapter 25
‘A pair of small, bloody feet poke out from under the sheet and I see that the big toenail on the left foot is chipped.’
Amir’s crisis of faith as he pleads not to lose Sohrab Chapter 25
‘My hands are stained with Hassan’s blood; I pray God doesn’t let them get stained with the blood of his boys too.’
The turmoil of emigration Chapter 25
‘I brought Hassan’s son from Afghanistan to America, lifting him from the certainty of turmoil and dropping him in a turmoil of uncertainty.’
Amir accepting forgiveness Chapter 25
‘That last thought had brought no sting…I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded’
Amir’s cutting response to General Taheri’s racism Chapter 25
‘You will never again refer to him as ‘Hazara boy’ in my presence. He has a name and it’s Sohrab.’
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