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    Kites In The Kite Runner

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    Sometimes, a kite is much more than a simple toy. In Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, a young boy discovers that a kite can mean many things as your perspective changes. As time goes on and people change, a kite acts as a blank canvas, for which one can project their views and sentiments. Even at a young age, Amir, The Kite Runner’s protagonist, knows that kite is not just kite. To Amir, kites represent many different things as he is in different stages of his life. The story speaks to the differences in the way Amir perceives kites as he transitions into adulthood. From pride and envy, to guilt and regret, Amir alters the way he views the world, and the way he views kites, as he begins his path from betrayal to redemption. From the beginning, pride and envy play a big role in Amir’s life. Amir feels as though he is always competing for attention and approval from his father, whom he calls Baba. Amir has mixed feelings about Hassan, his family’s servant, who he grew up with. Though Amir plays with Hassan and treats him almost as he would a friend, there is a disconnect between the two of them. Amir is envious of the concern that Baba shows for Hassan. Not only does Amir feel he is competing with Hassan for Baba’s attention, but he often views Hassan as inferior and less deserving of closeness to Baba. Amir allows pride to govern…

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    The Kite Runner

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    The article of Book Review: Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner by J. Franz Spiegel offers insight of the plot in The Kite Runner, as well as encouragement to read the book. The review also touches upon the political views in the novel as well. The review’s main premise is claimed, “Amir’s character can also be read as a version of the author’s younger self; some experiences seem too vivid to be imagined.” This is agreeable due to the fact that Khaled Hosseini has admitted about taking his…

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    The Kite Runner

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    The much-loved novel, the worldwide bestseller, The Kite Runner, fans wait is finally over, as the movie of the same name has hit the silver screen. After all the controversies the movie has run into, it sure makes it more interesting to see the movie itself. Maybe if it weren’t for the incident in Khaled Hosseini life in spring 1999, and spring of 2011, people will not have got the chance to read or watch such a heart touching story. The author himself disclosed how after watching a news story…

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    The Kite Runner

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    The book I read for this paper was The Kite Runner. I knew little about this book, but I remember watching the movie years ago, which sparked my interest on how life was in that part of the country in that period of time. Since it was in a foreign country in the Middle East, I wanted to know the traditions and culture of the country and what made it unique from the rest of the world. After reading the book, I got the harsh reality of the struggles the people of the country goes through, with…

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    The Kite Runner

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    The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, begins in December 2001 with a flashback about an event that changed the narrator’s life. The story starts before the event occurs in Kabul, Afghanistan, 1975. The narrator, Amir, is twelve years old and lives with his father, a successful businessman, whom he calls Baba. Amir’s father has two servants, Ali and his son Hassan, Amir’s best friend, who live in a small shed owned by Amir’s family. Hassan’s mother left after she gave birth to him because he and…

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    The Kite Runner

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    When growing up children feed off of what and who are around them and what they are exposed to during their youth. This will be unique for every child depending on where they live and how everything that happens will affect everyone differently. Khaled Hosseini grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, because of this he puts a lot of raw emotion and real life experience into the descriptions of what happens in and around Kabul. These things will shape the main characters as they grow up in this area. The…

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    The Kite Runner

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    There is good and bad in everyone and everything. The composition of a what formulates the good and bad is subjective. However, the qualities that coalesce to form a bad person revolve around selfishness and immoral behavior. In addition, favorable traits that compose a good person include firmness in character and generosity. The novel by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner, features the flowering of a young boy to adulthood and highlights Amir’s development of persona. Amir evolves to become a…

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    relationship with place. Fathers and sons and The Kite Runner show how the setting can change the dynamics of the characters. In The Kite Runner there is a relationship with Afghanistan and the USA mainly. Baba and Amir have strong ties with Afghanistan and live a lavish lifestyle there. Their relationship with Kabul, Afghanistan symbolizes wealth and power as Baba is one of the richest men in Kabul and as they are the ruling Pashtun class of Afghanistan. Hosseini explores the importance of…

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    The Kite Runner

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    Research/Literary Criticism I learned a few things from Amardeep Singh who is an associate professor of English at Lehigh University. Something I did not notice when I read "The Kite Runner" was that there were references to the 9th century Persian epic the Shahnamah. It is referenced in the story of Rostam and Sohrab. Singh tells the story of Rostam and Sohrab "Rostam is a king and a brave fighter who has a rival named Sohrab. After a series of skirmishes, Rostam mortally wounds Sohrab.…

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    Throughout history people used kites for survival. The kite dates back to 4th/5th (B.C.) Century China. In 196 B.C., General Han Hsin flew a kite over the enemy palace to determine how far his soldiers would need to dig to enter the palace. In 549 A.D., Emporer Wudi of China used a kite during war to request reinforcement. The kite remained a secret from Europe until Marco Polo brought stories of the kite back from China in 1295. America 's history consists of a day when Benjamin Franklin (1752)…

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