The Kite Runner Short Summary

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The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, starts off with a mane by the name of Amir receiving a phone call from Rahim Khan, a man from his childhood who was good friends with Amir’s father. Rahim Khan is telling Amir how things have changed since he has been away from Afghanistan. Ramin also tells Amir that he has to come back to Afghanistan, and that he has the chance to become good again. The story for the most part after this call takes place in Afghanistan through the eyes of early life Amir. Amir as a child lived in a very rich establishment with his father and his father’s servant named Ali. Amir is no the only boy in this establishment, living in the little shed outside with Ali is Hassan, who is Ali’s son. Throughout the story which is …show more content…
If Amir tells Hassan to jump, Hassan replies with “How High?” That is just the kind of character and person Hassan is. Amir and Hassan are in a tournament for kite flying, which the objective is to take out all the opposing kites and be the last kite flying. Amir and Hassan’s kite is the only kite flying in the sky. Amir cut the other remaining kite out of the sky and was celebrating with Hassan. “I’m going to run that blue kite for you.” Hassan said to Amir. Amir replied “Hassan, come back with it!” Amir was unaware of one of the mistakes he would soon make. Amir went looking for Hassan after a while to find Hassan cornered by Assef and his acquaintances. Assef told Hassan to hang the kite over, but Hassan refused to do so. Assef started to punch and kick and then rape Hassan in the alley. Amir turned away and started to think of his next move. “I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into the alley, stand up for Hassan-the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past-and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran.”(pg. 77). This is one of Amir’s first mistakes because Hassan has stood up for him in the past, and in this particular time, when Amir could do the same for Hassan, he runs away. He runs like the coward he is. This mistake plays a big role in the friendship they have eventually ending. One mistake is made before this one, it …show more content…
Arguably, this is true. People can steal anything from anywhere or anyone. It is just after Amir’s birthday party, and Amir’s father got him a very expensive watch. After the rape incident, the friendship took a turn for the worst, and Amir wants nothing to do with Hassan anymore. Amir wants Hassan out of his home, and his life. Hassan and his father go out to the market to get some food, Amir takes full advantage and slips his watch under Hassan’s pillow, placing the act of theft on Hassan, Amir goes and tells his father that Hassan has stolen his watch, and Amir’s father is furious. Amir’s father calls both Hassan and his father to the house for a meeting. He asks Hassan, “Did you steal the money? Did you steal Amir’s watch Hassan?” What Hassan does next catches Amir off guard. Hassan replies with only one word, “Yes.” (pg. 105). This single word said by Hassan is Amir’s greatest mistake because Amir was not expecting Hassan to lie and take the fall for him. Hassan took the fall for Amir because that’s what Hassan has done for Amir all the time, and this was the final fall he takes for Amir. Amir’s father forgives Hassan but Hassan’s father tells Amir’s father that him and Hassan cannot live there anymore, that the area around Hassan has become too dangerous and unpleasant. Hassan and his father pack their belongings and leave Amir’s home. Amir never sees Hassan again. Thus, being the third and

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