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"The Kite Runner" analysis of chapter 9:
Starts chapter with Amir waking up and "ripped" open presents for their birthday
seems quite ungrateful when he receives all these expensive presents, including a
Polaroid camera and transistor radio as he says "I don't know why I even
bothered.....gave them a joyless glance and pitched them to the corner of the
room." The explanation for the absence of gratitude however it comes when "it was
all blood money Baba would have never thrown me a party like that if I hadn't won
the tournament." Implies the character Baba has tainted money in the eyes of
Amir, he has to win a major tournament in order to gain any kind of affection.
"Spokes of gold colored and the steel frame body red, like a candy apple. Or
blood." (contrast of the two good and bad) "Blood" could be linked to rape of
Hassan. The candy apple being the fruitful impacts Baba is starting to show Amir
the longed for fatherly affection.
Half hearted invitations and thanks.
"Rahim Khan's leatherbound notebook. That way the only one that didn't feel like
blood money" only pure thing there, feels like a genuine gift for Amir.
Homarai, how his fathers dismissing her had been for the best in the end what made
the father want to dismiss her? foreshadows the secret Baba, Rahim Khan, and all
the adults kept.
Times Kaka homayoun's projector got stuck on the same slide.
Ali got him a present "A moment later, he emerged with something in his hands.
`The opportunity never presented itself last night for Hassan and me to give you
this,' he said handing me a box. A lump was rising in my throat." Shanamah.
"I wanted to tell Ali it was not the book, but I who was unworthy."
It comes across to the reader that Amir may have done bad things in the past
"knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of
shameful lies." What is this shameful lie he is about to tell?
Most paragraphs have almost "scene setters" at the start of some paragraphs in this
chapter, perhaps to give it more structure and chronology. E.g. "The next morning."
Amir frames Hassan by putting his brand new wristwatch and afghan notes under
Hassan's mattress "I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watch and a
handful of Afghani bills under it." This we now know is the lie he told to Baba
about finding some of his birthday gifts under their young house servant's mattress.
Was a spiteful move by Amir what provoked it? Jealousy of Baba's attention
Hassan lied, saying he did take Amir's wristwatch and money which is a lie, but
"we all knew Hassan never lied". Shows Hassan thinks quite a lot of Amir, and
therefore is covering his spiteful act by Amir, attempting to get Hassan and his father
Ali fired/into trouble. "Then I understood: This was Hassan's final sacrifice for me."
"I loved him in that moment, loved him more than I'd ever loved anyone, and I
wanted to tell them all that I was the snake in the grass, the monster in the lake." In
some way Amir regrets his actions towards Hassan however still pursues them and
"Baba stunned me by saying, `I forgive you.'".... "But theft was the one
unforgivable sin, the common denominator of all sins." Amir is surprised Baba had
forgiven Hassan as he recalls having a parental lecture from Baba about stealing
being wrong in any situation or context unforgivable. However he has forgiven
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Then how could he just forgive Hassan? And if Baba could forgive that, then why
couldn't he forgive me for not being the son he'd always wanted? Why" Amir feels
as though Baba finds him a disappointment and queries why he has forgiven Hassan
for supposedly committing an unforgivable sin, where he hasn't really accepted or
forgiven the fact that Amir, isn't the son he had hoped for.
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Amir chose to throw them onto a pile,
as he didn't want them felt like they were purchased with "blood money"
"Slithering beads of rain sluiced down my window" the word `slithering' conjures
exotic middleeastern images of snakes etc detailed description of the rain on the
"Already drenched, he walked to the driver's side. Leaned in and said something to
Ali in the backseat" last effort to convince Ali and Hassan to stay, a sense of