Immigration in the Kite Runner
There are many challenges that immigrants must face when they move to a new foreign country, which in turn leads them to experiencing various hardships. After applying and, hopefully, being accepted into a country such as Canada, one of the biggest challenges that they face is language barriers. Learning to communicate with other people, who do not know your own mother tongue, is very difficult and stressful. By choice, some immigrants decide, or are forced to take ESL classes in order to communicate effectively to others of their needs, want and desires. Similar to this, after two years of living in America, Baba found himself in a dispute with an Asian couple that own a store in which he frequented. The escalating argument, and frustration that Baba felt at not being able to speak to them in English (mostly because he was too stubborn to enroll in ESL classes in the first place), led to Amir, who by then fluently spoke English, to interpret for his father to resolve the issue (Hosseini 134-135). Evidently, problems that accompany people, who unfortunately must experience having a language barrier, can leave them feeling overwhelmed and frustrated at their own inability to hold a conversation with someone else. Another barrier that immigrants experience is health care barriers. When immigrants first enter the country they do not have health care. Some countries like Canada to provide certain skills within the economy, so that they allow them into the country, allowing them low-income housing and social assistance benefits, also known as welfare especially if they are refugees. The refugees are from war torn countries dealing with guerrilla armies, or countries that have experienced devastating natural disasters such as floods. However, those immigrants who simply move to a new country to make up a better life for their family are not offered many forms of social assistance, as shown by the Baba and Amir’s eligibility officer....
The KiteRunner Essay
April 21, 2011
“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.” Amir, the main character in Khaled Hosseini’s The KiteRunner, has an entire life full of guilt and full of lack of attention. Amir always feels as if he has to work for his father’s appreciation. Amir strives to redeem himself by trying to prove his abilities to his father, by searching punishment, and by always wanting to have Baba all to himself.
Early on in Amir’s life, Baba and he are not very close. Baba says this to his friend Rahim Khan as they discussed Amir’s lack of character. “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.” (23) Amir overhears this and is why Amir feels like he is just not good enough for his father. He feels he needs to prove himself to be worthy of his father during the kite contest. The words he says during the kite contest were, “I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba. Show him once and for all that his son was worthy.” (56) Amir always takes his father’s judgment toward him to consideration; he feels like he needs to impress Baba and never feels comfortable with him because he feels he is always judging him. How can it be any different,...
...The KiteRunner is an epic story with a personal history of what the people of Afghanistan had and have to endure in an ordinary everyday life; a country that is divided between political powers and religiously idealistic views and beliefs which creates poverty, and violence within the people and their terrorist run country. The story line is more personal with the description of Afghanistan's culture and traditions, along with the lives of the people who live in Kabul. The story provides an educational and eye-opening account of a country's political chaos. Of course there are many things that are unsaid and under explained in this tragic is an oversimplification. There is also a heavy use of emotional appeal, and an underlying message. This is a flag for propaganda.
The KiteRunner by Khaled Hosseini begins in the 1970s in Kabul, Afghanistan, when the country is in a time of an ending monarchy. The main character, Amir, is the son of wealthy Afghanistan business man, and his playmate, Hassan, the son of his father's houseman, Ali. Hassan is a Hazara and Amir is a Pashtun, which makes them from different social classes. The author has undoubtedly stirred my emotions. I think that this was the author's objective; this is an appeal to emotion, one of the fallacies of propaganda. Propaganda is a message or an idea that persuades the audience to change their perspectives in one way or another. There are many faces...
...Reading Questions for The KiteRunner
1. The novel begins with a flashback. What do you think is its purpose? What do you learn about the narrator?
2. Fill in the table below analyzing each character. Defend your analysis with text references.
Describe the character physically.
How do others feel about this character?
Describe the character’s actions toward others.
Important quotes by/about this character
3. a. What does it mean to be Hazara, Shi’a Muslim, Afghanistan’s minority group? Who, thus far, is Hazara?
b. What does it mean to be Pashtun, Sunni Muslim, Afghanistan’s majority group? Who in the story, thus far, is Pashtun?
4. Who is Sanaubar? How is she contrasted to Amir’s mother?
5. Describe Baba’s values. How does he relate to extremely religious leaders?
6. What is Assef’s ancestry? What is his political vision?
7. What happens between Assef/Wali/Kamal and Amir/Hassan? What does Assef threaten (foreshadow)?
8. Why do boys in Afghanistan during the winter of 1975 have gashes on their fingers?
9. What is the proudest moment of twelve-year-old Amir’s life as described in Chapter 7?
10. Amir says, “I opened my mouth and almost said something…The rest of my life might have turned out...
...‘The kiterunner’ is an extraordinary novel written by Khaled Hosseini that follows the perspective of Amir, the protagonist of the story. The director uses symbols such as the kite, Sohrab and the pomegranate tree to help us understand the relationship between Amir and Hassan.
Near the beginning of the novel, Hosseini uses the slingshot as a symbol to explore the start of Amir and Hassan’s friendship. Amir and Hassan are best friends even though they hold two very different statuses; Amir is the son of a rich man, while Hassan is a Hazara and therefore a servant to his family. They play together and Hassan always follows Amir’s orders without fail even “firing walnuts with his slingshot at the neighbor’s one eyes German shepherd,” although it is done hesitantly. Hassan never tells anyone about how the evil ideas are all Amir’s, “he never told on me. Never told that mirror, like shooting walnuts at the neighbor’s dog was always my idea,” states Amir. The readers are made mindful that Hassan and Amir’s friendship is stable; Amir knows that Hassan will always protect him by taking the blame for what Amir has done.
Hassan also protects Amir from Assef using the slingshot. Assef manipulates them both, and to get away from him, Hassan pulls out his slingshot to frighten him. Assef backs away from them as Hassan threatens that if he makes a move, “they’ll have to change your name from Assef the ear eater to one eyed Assef,” Hassan...
11 English U
Corrupt Government and militarism in the KiteRunner
Throughout history, many countries have been diagnosed with a common global disease, corrupt government. The KiteRunner by Khaled Hosseini displays Afghanistan as no exception. The KiteRunner tells a tale of two childhood friends whose lives are forever changed due to the corrupt government, and war in Afghanistan. A corrupt government coupled with a military presence can lead to fear amongst the people, cause civil wars to erupt, and bring with it the disaster of a nation. The military presence and corrupt government in Afghanistan creates fear among the people and destroys patriotism. Civil wars on the basis of class and race are promoted by the corrupt government. Afghanistan, once a peaceful nation on the verge of modernization falls victim to the corrupt hands of the Taliban who lead it to moral and economic regression.
The military presence leads to fear among the courageous Afghanis, and shatters patriotism. The Afghans are known to be brave and proud citizens of their homeland, but invading militaries cause chaos even amongst the brave. The Afghans have not always been accustomed to sound of explosions, and scenes of bloodshed. “The shootings and explosions had lasted less than an hour, but they frightened us badly, because none of us had ever heard gunshots in the streets. They were foreign sounds...
...A soldier in war knows he could die at any moment, but remains on the battlefield to protect that which is dearest to him. It takes a special kind of person to do this. When faced with adversity, there are a select few who can push it aside for the greater good. These are the people worth writing about. In Khaled Hosseini's, The KiteRunner, the main character, Amir, learns the true meaning of loyalty and friendship by risking his own life to save another, thus proving that one does not know the value of friendship until it is gone.
After years of misguidance, Amir realizes that on the road to friendship and loyalty, one must be able to stand up for what they believe in, something many are too afraid to do. When they were young, Amir and Hassan, Amir's slave, were confronted by the neighborhood bully, Assef. They happened to be in a remote location. Afraid of being hurt, Amir wondered if anyone would be able to hear his scream. “'Just let us go Assef,' I said, hating the way my voice trembled”(Hosseini 41). If not for the lethal threat of Hassan's slingshot, Assef might not have left without giving them a beating. This event portrays one of Amir's weaknesses, which contrasts his adult persona. It shows how he thinks about himself in situations that threaten his well being. A strong person would not have assumed that the only option was to admit defeat. Hassan managed to put aside his fears to overcome Assef's superiority; which was...
...The past is never over.
Discuss the ways in which this idea is explored by Khaled Hosseini in his novel The KiteRunner.
In the world-renowned novel The KiteRunner, Khaled Hosseini uses many techniques that are extremely effective in powerfully reminding the reader that the past is never over for the main character, Amir. Perhaps the most effective technique that Hosseini uses is first person narrative perspective, as it allows the reader to feel as if they have experientially understood his past and the repercussion that it later has on Amir. The type of narrative structure used throughout the novel allows the reader to realize the extent to which Amir’s past affected his present life. The motifs used by Hosseini connect the past events to the present, continuously emphasizing the importance of the past throughout Amir’s life.
Hosseini purposely wrote the novel through first person narrative perspective as it gives the reader Amir’s personalized thoughts and feelings to early events that continuously affect his life. Amir’s childhood is filled with events and advice that he carries and somewhat haunts him throughout his life. The most crucial event with the most severe reverberation on Amir is Hassan’s rape. During this scene the reader feels as if they are Amir witnessing the rape as the author describes the setting through Amir’s ignorant and innocent twelve-year-old perspective. The first person...
In “The KiteRunner” by Khaled Hosseini, Hosseini tells a story about Amir, a young boy from Kabul whose closest friend is a young Hazara boy named Hassan, who is also his servant. Amir witnesses a horrendous act committed against Hassan and he spends the next 26 years trying to forget what he saw that winter of 1975. Throughout the novel Amir narrates his own transformation, which is caused by all his guilt leaving his closest friend, Hassan vulnerable and the search for redemption. As Amir walks his readers through the novel, narrating his story and growth, there are notable contrasts between myself and the main character. Amir’s relationship with his father, his lack of confidence and his actions towards his only friendship are a few differences we hold.
My relationship with my Dad as a young child differs greatly from Amir’s relationship with his Father, Baba. Although there were six kids in the family, my Dad never fell short when it came to affection. After a long hard day at work and coming home almost passed six in the evening, Dad always had enough energy to spend time with each of us. We would play video games, watch television and spend the night giggling together. But Amir on the other hand felt deprived of an emotional connection with his Father, which he blames on himself. “I always felt like Baba hated me a little. And why not? After all, I had killed his beloved wife, his beautiful...