Together, they lure an unsuspecting kite into a trap. After they saw through the other kite’s string, Sohrab smiles his first smile in months. Encouraged, Amir asks Sohrab if he can run the kite down for him. Understanding Amir is offering everything to him, Sohrab nods. As Amir scrambles after the kite, he turns back and declares “For you, a thousand times over” (371).
It takes Amir over twenty years to finally muster up enough courage to stand up for himself in front of Assef. Amir takes the beatings from Assef as his punishment for what happened to Hassan. He rescues Sohrab and bonds with him through kite fighting, similar to when he flew kites with Hassan. Kites represent the freedom from the worries and burdens that Amir, Hassan and Sohrab has. It brings together the two participants in kite fighting.
He believed if he won the tournament, Baba would finally love him like he loved Hassan. That night, Amir’s life changed forever (77). That night, once Amir had won the tournament, Hassan said he’d run the kite, meaning he’d go retrieve it. When Hassan retrieved the kite, a young teenager named Assef and his two friends gang up on him. By this time, Amir went looking for Hassan.
The scars of our pasts are said to have established a place among our present, however visible or invisible, and that these scars, through time, are unpeeled before our future selves. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is about the story of a man, Amir, who relays his life during the times of peace and conflict in Afghanistan, and his life in the United States. It is about the life of a man who tries to escape his shameful past, but is constantly lost and incomplete as a result. As the story revolves around the life of Amir, from childhood to adulthood, Hosseini utilizes first person point of view of Amir, various use of diction, and the symbolism of kites to reveal the underlying message of how the past is a part of whom we were and who we are today. The first point of view utilized in the book allows Amir to accurately relay his emotions and thoughts, including his reasons for trying to forget and run away from the past, and finally his reconciliation with himself.
Kite owners crystalized the kite strings so they could sever opponent’s kites upon contact. The opponent’s kite would eventually crash to the ground and now belong to the winner. Each kite owner has a kite runner who is responsible for retrieving the fallen kites. Amir enjoyed kite fighting as a child. It was one of few things he felt that he had in common with his father.
Flying kites was a source of Amir 's happiness as a child as well as a way to attain his father’s approval. In Kabul, Afghanistan, a kite flying tournament was held annually. Young boys laced their string with glass and attempted to cut the strings of other kite flyers. That last on standing was deemed the champion and the idol of all the younger children. Before Amir competed in his kite tournament, Baba said, “I think maybe you 'll win the tournament this year.
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, follows the maturation of Amir, a boy from Afghanistan, as he discovers what it means to stand up for what he believes in. His quest to redeem himself after betraying his friend and brother, Hassan, makes up the heart of the novel. For most of the book, Amir attempts to deal with his guilt by avoiding it and refusing to own up to his mistakes. Because of his past, Amir is incapable of moving forward. His entire life is shaped by his disloyalty to Hassan and his desire to please his father over helping his friends.
The book’s main protagonist and narrator is Amir, a privileged Afghani male. The book begins with Amir, now thirty-eight years old, reminiscing about his childhood in Afghanistan. Amir, at age twelve, is friends with his servant, Hassan, who is the son of his father’s servant, Ali. Amir is passionate about writing, and receives praise from his mentor, Rahim Khan, for it. One day, there is a kite fighting tournament, and Amir is the winner.
They have two servants, Ali and his son Hassan. They are Hazaras, a lower class ethnic minority in Afghanistan. In one Winter of their childhood, Amir and Hassan participate in a kite-fighting tournament; the goal is to be the last kite flying. When a kite is cut, boys chase after it as a trophy. Amir wins the tournament, and Hassan flies to catch the losing kite.
These possibilities are an interesting take for this portion of The Kite Runner, because Amir explains that although he is sorry, he is not sorry enough to run out into the rain and apologize. Perhaps because the rain never actually touches him, he cannot be cleansed. Instead, I believe that Khaled Hosseini uses rain as a plot device to suggest weeping, to suggest just how much Amir will miss his best friend. Or maybe it is used simply to imply the suffering Amir will endure from betraying Hassan. When you think about it, Amir was oblivious to what he had, he was too blind to realize that Hassan was a true friend who respected him.