The Kite Runner chpt 13

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    • Chapter gives a western reader insight on traditional eastern weddings and funerals
    • "When Baba entered everybody stood up." Page 154
      • Shows Baba's position and the respect he receives
    • Page 156 the description of what Baba spends and how much he spends shows he still cares about reputation
    • "That night, I discovered the tenderness of a woman" page 158
      • Amir has always been surrounded by men
    • "Soraya dedicated herself to taking care of my father" page 158
      • Shows a women's position
    • Page 159 Baba reads Amir's short stories
      • He respects Amir's choices and is proud of him
    • "In the end, a bear had come that he couldn't best. But even then, he had lost on his own terms" pg 160
      • Bear metaphor for America or cancer
    • General Taheri as a father figure to Amir is much more outspoken and tradition
      • Juxtaposes Baba
      • Khala Jamila is like a mother figure to Amir
    • Page 164 shows how the new generation is much more aware when talking about gender standards
      • Page 165 shows Amir had no concept of the double standard of how women were treated until he met Soraya
    • And, Inshallah, when Afghanistant is free, you could help write the new constitution
      • General Taheri clings on to the hope his life will go back to the way it was in Afghanistan
        • Coward
          • Waits for everything to fall into place
            • On welfare
    • Page 168 mentions Rahim Khan
      • Narrative technique
    • Context: Page 169 the conflict in Afghanistan juxtaposes Amirs happiness
    • "That was also the year that Soraya and I began trying to have a child"
      • Constant change in narrative, Amir's not coming to turns - not registering what happens because he's emotional
    • '"A man's plumbing is like his mind: simple, very few surprises. You ladies on the other hand...well, God put a lot of thought into making you."' page 170
      • Feminist Theory
        • Soraya could also be being punished for running away
          • Makes reader fear mistakes they've made
      • "I passed with flying colours"
        • Amir makes it about himself
          • Sense of pride
            • Not considering his wives feelings
    • Throughout this chapter any significant event is linked back to Hassan
      • Atonement
        • Punished
          • Amir is paying for his sins by not being able to have a child


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