The Kite Runner Symbols Flashcard Example #29350

The Cleft Lip
It determines that Hassan is living status in society due to the fact that parents that are rich would pay for the surgery which happened to be done by Baba for Amir’s birthday.
Kites
The kite represents two things. One the betrayal of Amir to Hassan when Hassan gets raped by Assef but by this action Amir is able to give Baba the kite. Second it can mean how bad Amir wants Baba’s acknowledgment because Baba was a champion kite fighter.
Sohrab
Son of Hassan and Farzana. Sohrab is basically a replacement for Hassan in the novel due to the fact that he is also a Hazara and is good with a sling shot. In the novel he goes from being a normal little boy to becoming a boy who’s been traumatized by not only physical abuse but sexual aswell.
The Lamb
Amir describes both Hassan and Sohrab as lamb to the slaughter. That was said when Hassan was raped by Assef during the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha, which honors Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son for God Important symbol because in the Islamic religion just as in Christianity it is believe that there should be an innocent sacrifice.
Rape
Rape is something that reoccurs through out the novel. Which was done by Assef when he rapes Hassan and later on when he rapes Sohrab. By these events falling into place before Amir’s eye fills him up with guilt. Rape is not just for physical violence but it’s also used to attack the emotions/ mentality of the victim.
Amir
Protagonist of the novel and is born to a successful parent and is given some sort of entitlement to the world. He is driven by guilt when he allows Assef to rape Hassan , but ends up redeeming himself at the end of the novel when he rescues Sohrab from the Assef’s grasp.
Irony
The irony in this novel is the fact that Hassan (Baba’s illegitimate child) is raped by Assef when he is trying to get back Amir’s kite. Even though Hassan got the kite back he became a coward . the kind that Baba didn’t want Amir to become.
Assef
Antagonist of the novel. He takes Hitler as a role model. He is the rapist of both Hassan and Sohrab. He represents everything that is wrong in the country where he is located (Afghanistan), which is the racism that the he wishes to get rid of all Hazara’s out of his country.
Hazara
People that are historically demeaned and persecuted due to the fact that the majority of the people are uneducated and don’t look the same as the people of Afghanistan which are light skinned.
Farzana
Hassan’s wife and Sohrab’s mother. She’s only in the novel for a short time but she is expressed as a long love mother.
Ali
Baba’s Servant . but he also acts as Hassans father. He truly cares about him even rarely shows affection. Ali is a Hazara ethnically and poor. He is partly paralyzed in half his face and also has polio that is why he walks with a limp.
Rahim Khan
Friend of Baba and Amir. Rahim Khan is Baba’s closest friend, and the one person who knows all of Baba’s secrets. For Amir he is like a father figure in the way that he shows Amir the attention that he is craving from Baba .
Farid
Amir’s driver and friend. A former mujahedin fighter, He is missing toes and fingers from a landmine explosion and shows the difficulties that many Afghans faced in the years of warfare that exploded in the country. Farid is at first gruff and unfriendly. But he becomes a valuable and loyal friend to Amir in Amir’s search to find and rescue Sohrab.
Soraya
Amir’s wife. Soraya is smart and always there for Amir when he needs her. She can be strong-willed like her father, General Taheri, and shows the way women are treated in Afghan culture.
General Taheri
Soraya’s father and a friend of Baba. Proud person that sometimes he seems arrogant. He believes in the Afghan culture strongly and can be seen as the typical Afghan male and husband.
Tone
The tone of the novel is heard as a confession with a lot of remorse through out the story.
Setting(time) (place)
Kabul, Afghanistan
1975 through 2001
Before war tore the country apart.
Landscape is very mountain like.
How is the story told
The story is told though out various flashbacks.
Climax
When Amir returns to Kabul just to find out that the boy who raped is best friend Hassan is now the man who is raping Sohrab.
Foreshadowing
Baba wonders if Amir will someday be able to stand up for himself when the time comes. He also worries that Islamic fundamentalist will take over his country. Also the fact the Hassan threatens to shoot Assef’s eye out; Assef vows to get some sort of revenge.
falling action
Amir rescues Sohrab from a life of physical and sexual abuse. Struggles to learn how he and Sohrab can recover from the traumas each of them have gone through.
Key Facts
Full Title · The Kite Runner
Author · Khaled Hosseini
Type of work · Novel
Genre · Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story); Redemption story
Language · English
Time and Place written · Los Angeles, CA; 2001 – 2003
Date of First publication · May 2003
publisher · Riverhead Books
“A boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything.”
Baba says that to Rahim Khan while he is talking about Amir at the end of Chapter 3. This quote shows a major character flaw in both Amir and Baba. Amir in the way that he is a coward and doesn’t really stand up for himself because Baba feels that people should stand up for what they believe and since Baba doesn’t give him the praise it leaves Amir wanting the praise of a father figure.
“That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.”
This is said just as the book begins(Chapter 1), Amir writes these words. With these words he hints at the central drama of the story and the reason he is telling it. This quote refers to the raping of Hassan by Assef and the guilt that Amir has been withholding in himself for 26 years
“I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.”
When Amir says this, toward the end of Chapter 7, he has just watched Assef rape Hassan,and rather than intervene, he ran away. Is quote shows the Amir’s character flaw which is him not standing up to what he needs to stand up to when the time is right.
“My body was broken—just how badly I wouldn’t find out until later—but I felt healed. Healed at last. I laughed.” (p. 289)
This happens during Chapter 22 when Amir meets Assef while he is trying to find Sohrab. Assef beats Amir with brass knuckles, snapping Amir’s ribs, splitting his lip and busting his jaw, and breaking the bone beneath his left eye, but because Amir feels he deserves this, he feels relief. This is why he laughs.
“There is a way to be good again.” (Pg. 1)
This gets Amir’s attention . Basically starts off the story because it triggers the guilt that Amir is experiencing due to the raping of Hassan by Assef. This makes him want to go back to Afghanistan.
“Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.”
This quotation occurs at the beginning of Chapter 5, as Ali, Hassan, and Amir hide inside from the gunfire they hear in the street that signals the coup by Daoud Khan, which ended Afghanistan’s monarchy. Even though it doesn’t seen like there was anything wrong the fall of the political power it ends up destroying the country.
“Because when spring comes it melts the snow one flake at a time, and maybe I just witnessed the first flake melting” (Pg. 372)
Refering to the smile on Sohrab’s face, the first one seen in America. This means that Amir achieved his ultimate goal which was to redeem himself for what he allowed Hassan to endure even though he was able to act(Fear).
Symbols
Symbols that are strong are:
The Kites
The Cleft Lip
and The Lamb.

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