- 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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- 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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- 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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