It tells the story of Amir and Hassan, the closest of friends, as good as brothers, and also experts in the art of kite flying. The two young boys live in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and this year they are going to try harder than ever to win the local kite-fighting tournament—a popular Afghan pastime, and this is Amir's one hope of winning his father's love.
Pomegranate Tree, The Lake, the Wall of Ailing Corn The pomegranate tree on the hill with the nearby cemetery is an important landmark for Hassan and Amir as they are growing up.
They can see out over Kabul there and gain perspective, escaping the smaller social world. It is a place beyond trouble where they go to have fun or to console themselves in times of sorrow. It is where Amir reads to Hassan all the epic adventures of the Shahnamah.
They eat the fruit of the tree, and in their love they are equals. The pomegranate tree on the hill is the scene of many memorable moments, as their history turns tragic. As an adult, Hassan writes Amir in his letter that he takes his own son to that tree, but now the tree does not bear fruit after decades of war.
Their friendship too seems to wither over time. Baba always wants to take both Hassan and Amir, but jealous, Amir manages to get Baba to take him alone sometimes. On the morning of the kite contest Hassan recounts a dream to Amir about how they went swimming in Lake Gargha together though people warned there was a monster there.
In the dream Amir fearlessly plunged in, claiming there was no monster, and Hassan followed. The two returned as heroes.
Symbolically, the monster is the racial and religious divide between them. Until that point, the boys had largely ignored that monster in their love. But this is the day of the tragedy when the monster raises its head, and Amir runs away in cowardice. He denies kinship with Hassan when he is attacked by the Pashtun boys in the alley.
Later, Amir thinks that Hassan was wrong in his dream. There was a monster in the lake, and it pulled Hassan under: Whether he wants to or not, Amir becomes an accomplice to racial persecution by watching and doing nothing. Like the pomegranate tree, the lake symbolizes their landscape of joy turning to hell.
The boys give it a name that becomes symbolic, for though they sit on the wall together and play in the early days, later the wall is destroyed by a rocket.
What is planted near the wall does not prosper. The wall can suggest division and separation, for Baba is one of the rich in Kabul who can build walls around his house to keep out the poor.
The wall protects a certain order and lifestyle, protecting the garden that is just for the family. Yet the plants do not prosper there.
Later the wall is destroyed by a rocket, and Hassan as a man rebuilds the wall with his own hands. When Amir does return during the Taliban rule, he sees the wall, but there is no garden there.
The pomegranate tree is half dead, and the city is a desert of dust, with the Kabul river gone dry.
The natural landscape reflects human turmoil. Kite Fighting The kites symbolize freedom, happiness, and power. If the kite was a gun, Amir says, then the glass-coated cutting line was the bullet.Kite Runner Essay.
The Kite Runner Theme Essay Father-Son Relationship (Amir and Baba) Amir, who is the main character The Kite Runner, is a boy who always wanted the admiration and acceptance of his father, Baba.
In this writing extension lesson, students will compose a character diary. Students have to consider the characterization of a major character in the novel and adopt his/her point of view. The final product is a series of diary entries from the characters perspective that describe key events in the novel.
This resource is part of the The Kite Runner Unit collection. The Kite Runner uses the recognizable background of Afghanistan to identify my chosen motif. Hosseini uses vehicles to identify symbols without saying them straight out; how much help Afghanistan needs, the fear in Amir’s heart, and a release of guilt Amir wants.
1 Analysis In The Kite Runner, the main protagonist was Amir, while the antagonist was Assef.A main theme in the story was presented when these two got into a quarrel, with Assef attacking Amir (and later Hassan).
The attack set the tone for the remainder of the book, showing the ethnic struggle that was present in the society they lived in.
Another theme of the novel was shown in Hassan. KITE RUNNER. This summer your task is to gain perspective on the historical background of Afghanistan in regards to the fictional novel The Kite Runner.
Complete all activities on separate sheets of paper. Be prepared to discuss the novel in regards to its plot, characterization, theme, author style, and setting.
1. Characterization .. 23 2 To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter two will argue how empathy-promoting literary techniques in The Kite Runner create empathy for Amir. Narrative empathy is important in how the reader understands and.