Kite Runner Chapter Summary

Kite Runner Summary. 

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  • Created on: 09-05-12 18:06

Chapter 1

Chapter 1: 

  • Kite Runner begins with Amir looking back six months to the summer of 2001.
  • Amir the Afghan narrator of the novel has now relocated to San Francisco. 
  • Amir receives a phone call from his fathers old friend, Rahim Khan asking him to come to Pakistan. 
  • The phone call reminds Amir of past events. 
  • The phone call reminds Amir of his past and he compares this with his current life in the USA. 
  • This idea is reinforced when the iconic image of the Golden Gate Bridge is mentioned, as this is recognised internationally. 
  • Hassan given no name in this chapter, however reffered to as the 'harelipped kite runner' 
  • Key aspect of this chapter is his past and the affect it has had upon him. 
  • He mentions about 'burying' it and how the past always "claws it's way out"
  • It is a "frigid overcast day" Amir mentions this, pathetic fallasy is employed. 
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Chapter 2

Chapter 2:

  • Amir looks back and remembers how he and Hassan were childhood friends despite Hassan being the son of Amir's family's servant, Ali. 
  • We learn that Amir's mother died in childbirth. 
  • Amir recounts how Hassan's mother abandoned her family shortly after giving birth to him. 
  • We learn that the families of Amir and Hassan are from different ethnic groups. 
  • Amir being the higher class and Hassan belonging to a lower class who are looked down upon, Hazara's. 
  • "Chinese doll chiselled from hardwood... eyes that looked, depending on the light, gold, green, even sapphire". 
  • This is Amir's description of Hassan he uses this flowery poetic language which shows the affection he STILL has for him. 
  • The first introduction to Baba Amir's father is given "read one of those books of yours" 
  • This tone of Baba's description is carried throughout the novel. 
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Chapter 3

Chapter 3:

  • Amir remembers time spent with his father during his childhood,and how his father was/is disappointed with his lack of manly attributes.
  • Amir's father Baba was seen as a great man by those around him. 
  • Amir recalls becoming interested in reading and writing as a way to escape his fathers lack of interest and expectations. 
  • Amir takes out his resentment and jealousy on Hassan. 
  • "There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft". Baba says this to Amir 
  • Amir comes to the conclusion that he is responsible for his mother's death during childbirth and to him, this explains his fathers supposed 'hatred' of him. 
  • Amir takes out his anger upon Hassan, this is interesting as this meets the social standings with Amir being above Hassan. 
  • It seems to a certain extent Amir believes that Hassan will forgive him for his actions as these actions are only natural to a 'Hazara'. 
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Comments

Niall

Um, where are the other chapter summaries *****?

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